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‘Imitation Game’ actor: I’m glad we didn’t do a gay sex scene – it would’ve been too far

Joseph McCormick December 3, 2014

An actor from ‘The Imitation Game’ film about late gay codebreaker and computer genius Alan Turing, has said he is “glad” the film didn’t include a gay sex scene.

Matthew Goode, who appears alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the film, spoke to the Daily Beast in a wide-ranging interview around the film.

The film has proven controversial, as some have suggested it attempted to erase the fact that Turing was gay. He eventually committed suicide after being convicted of “gross indecency”, and being chemically castrated.

“You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t,” said Goode.

“I’m glad that we didn’t. There’s many things we tried to get right, and I think it would’ve been too far, in the first film. I’m sure there will be other films about Turing that are ‘braver.’ But for bringing this story to a greater audience around the world, I think we gave him a film that he deserved.”

Cumberbatch attracted criticism after he defended the absence of gay sex in the film, saying: “If you need to see that to understand that he’s gay, then all is lost for any kind of subtle storytelling. It’s not something that needed to be made obvious.”

However, The Sunday Times reported that there was indeed a sex scene involving Turing and another man present in early drafts – but it was mysteriously left out of the final version.

Despite the controversy, and only having a limited release in the US, the film made the second highest per-screen profit of 2014.

More: Alan Turing, benedict cumberbatch, matthew goode

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