Alan Turing was a genius. And I'm not using that in the way people will be like 'Lil B is a genius!,' I'm using it in the correct actual way you use that word. Alan Turing was a mathematician, a logistician, a cryptanalyst and the father of modern computing and AI. You've heard, I presume, of the Turing Test, which is the test to see if an artificial intelligence can be distinguished from an actual human. Yeah, it's the same Turing.
But Alan Turing, whose cryptography work in WWII, helping to break the German Enigma code, should have made him a British national hero, was eventually tried for indecency. His crime, it turns out, was being homosexual. He pled guilty and was chemically castrated. Two years later he committed suicide by eating a poisoned apple.
The treatment of Turing is one of the great British shames of the 20th century, and his story is a sobering reminder of how homosexuality has been treated within the lifetimes of people who run our countries. It's a truly tragic tale, the crushing of a man whose biggest mistake was entering a guilty plea to an act which he felt was not wrong.
So as you can see, Turing's life would make an incredible movie. And that's happening now, possibly with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. The movie is The Imitation Game, and it's a Black List script from 2011 that, until he decided to take a break from acting, had Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Cumberbatch feels like a better fit, if only because he's actually English and I'm quite tired of bad accents in movies. But also, Turing was an eccentric, and I think Cumberbatch is our leading hot eccentric actor. Morten Tyldum, who directed the terrific black comedy Headhunters, will helm the movie.
This is going to be a big year for Cumberbatch and his fanclub, the self-appointed Cumberbitches. Between The Imitation Game and The Fifth Estate, Cumberbatch is making a full-on leap into Oscar-type roles. We'll see if it pans out for him at all. Also, he's going to be playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, but let's not hold that against him.