Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch says he isn’t scared of Julian Assange as “The Cumberbitches have got my back”

by Anna Howell

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In light of Julian Assange publicly declaring his distaste of The Fifth Estate, the new film depicting his controversial website WikiLeaks, the movie’s main star, Benedict Cumberbatch, has declared no fear over the situation, as his “Cumberbitches” have got his back!

Benedict plays the role of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange alongside Daniel Brühl as its former spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg, in the film based in part on Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website, as well as WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.

The movie, which delves into the origins of the international, online, non-profit organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources, has been met with some criticism, none more prominent than that of the films main character, Julian Assange.
Assange came out in January, via a video link from his asylum at the London Ecuadorian Embassy, to blast the film as “lie upon lie” adding:

“How does this have anything to do with us? It is a lie upon lie. The movie is a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff.”

However one person who isn’t particularly bothered what his real-life alter ego has to say about the film is its main star, Benedict Cumberbatch.


The Sherlock and Star Trek star has finally responded to the comments via Entertainment Weekly, saying of the film and Assange’s comments:

“I hope if I’ve done well, I’ve probably humanized someone that many people only think of in tabloid headline terms. He’s an extraordinary figure. The movie was just the opportunity to try and unlock a little about who he is and what motivates him.

“I don’t want to upset him. So if I do, it will be distressing. But he knows that. I have communicated that to him, let’s put it like that. It’s not like we’ve had a correspondence, but I’ve made it known to him that I’m not some kind of devious character assassination where I play him as a villain.”


When asked what form of attack he has lined up should things turn nasty between him and the real life Assange, Cumberbatch responded:

“The Cumberbitches have got my back, so I’ll be fine!

“I’m sure he’ll go after me… I’m not a bank with offshore accounts in the Canaries, I don’t fiddle my taxes, I’m not wanted for war crimes. If he goes after me, it’s going to be a waste of his extraordinary talent. But if he does, I kind of respect that because he needs to be able to answer back.”

The Fifth Estate is due for cinema release this October; watch the official trailer for it in the clip below: