Did any of you see the movie ‘The Imitation Game’? The movie features Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley and it's a true story about Alan Turing being recruited by the newly created MI6 in 1939 to crack Nazi codes. He also has to crack Enigma, thought to be unbreakable. Turing’s team is able to crack the codes and they become heroes, but when authorities find out Alan Turing is gay, they send him to prison.
Recently the director of ‘The Imitation Game’ Morten Tyldum had to defend the movie for…not having enough gay sex scenes. Even though the director got nominated at the Academy Awards for ‘Best Director’, people accused Tyldum of wanting to underplay Turing’s homosexuality.
In an interview the director says it wasn’t because they were afraid it would offend anyone or that he was shying away from it: Turing’s relationship was all about secrecy, so you notice that in the movie as well.
“If I had this thing about a straight character, I would never have a sex scene to prove that he’s heterosexual. If I have a gay character in a movie, I need to have a sex scene in it – just to prove that he’s gay?” he said. “The only reason to have a sex scene in the film would be to satisfy critics who feel that every gay character needs to have a gay sex scene.”
The movie was nominated for 8 Oscars and it won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Benedict Cumberbatch used ‘The Imitation Game’ as a campaign to pardon gay men who had been imprisoned during the same period for their crimes .
I didn’t see the movie, so I don’t know if the critics are right or wrong. What I do know is that I believe Tyldum has a point. Why should he have to ‘confirm’ Turing being gay by showing a sex scene? Let me know what you think!