That brings me to the day that was Monday — a strange day to say the least.
Monday didn’t really start for me at TIFF until the late afternoon when I was set to interview for Imitation Game with director Morten Tyldum and star Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Alan Turing in this powerful World War II drama.
Due to some confusion, I was also supposed to chat with two of the cast who were at the hotel, but it didn’t work out. Tyldum was very interesting, and he revealed a number of details about capturing Turing’s story, and the incredible reality about what Turing accomplished, and how he helped end the war.
Now, here’s the odd part. I ended up waiting over 2 hours to interview Cumberbatch. He was delayed coming to the hotel for the interviews on Monday, and when he did arrive, he was exhausted and there were a number of press ahead of me doing interviews with him first. I was lucky that I didn’t have any other conflicts that day for interviews, so I was able to stay and drink Nespresso while the other press and I joked around about how our waiting room was clearly the set for a new reality show and there was actually no interview.
Of course, Cumberbatch was there, and he spoke at length about Turing and playing the great thinker in this drama. It was an intense interview, since Cumberbatch really answers questions with a lot of detail, and it was interesting to hear the actor talk about all of the things that were on his mind about Turing as well. He clearly has a lot of passion for the project, and learned an immense amount of detail about Turing and his life, which ends tragically, and all too young.