Cumberbatch: Sexuality shouldn't be a secret

Benedict Cumberbatch would "take up arms" against anyone telling him what to believe.

Benedict Cumberbatch has vowed to “fight” prejudice.

The actor’s latest role is gay mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, a biographical drama about how the logician helped crack the Enigma code during World War II.

His latest venture has caused him to think about the challenges certain groups of people face.

“People are being beheaded in countries right now because of their beliefs or sexual orientations. It’s terrifying. It’s medieval — a beheading!" he exclaimed to Out magazine.

“I’d take up arms against someone who was telling me I had to believe in what they believed or they would kill me. I would fight them. I would fight them to the death.

“And, I believe, the older you get, you have to have an idea of what’s right or wrong. You can’t have unilateral tolerance. You have to have a point where you go, ‘Well, religious fundamentalism is wrong.’”

Benedict’s distinctive looks have gained him hordes of fans, particularly in his role as detective in British TV show Sherlock.

While he takes his heartthrob label with a pinch of salt, he laments that gay actors often face a challenge when it comes to casting.

“I think if you’re going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say ‘I’m gay,’ sadly, is still a huge obstacle. We all know actors who are [gay] who don’t want to talk about it or bring it up, or who deny it. I don’t really know what they do to deal with it,” he admitted.

The 38-year-old added that while activists and their movements have achieved a lot for gay rights, he believes there is still a lot of work to be done.
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Wednesday, 15. October 2014