Benedict Cumberbatch has been a very busy boy. There was Khan, who was better at ‘everything’, in Star Trek: Into Darkness; he appeared alongside Meryl Streep in August: Osage County, and he went on the run as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. And now, we have three more films opening very soon, all featuring the talents of the man whose loyal fans – the “Cumberbitches” – had their hearts broken last week when he still found the time to announce, in ‘The Times’ no less, his engagement to Sophie Hunter. Blessed with an instantly recognisable voice, he’ll once again be lending it to the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, along with a pooch called Classified in the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar. But first up is this weekend’s release of The Imitation Game, the real life story of Alan Turing, mathematician and the man who cracked the Enigma Code and, in doing so, helped bring the Second World War to a much earlier conclusion.
But in an interview with MTV, it wasn’t his own distinctive vocal talents that were on display but the likes of Michael Caine, Owen Wilson, Tom Hiddleston and … er … Taylor Swift! Yes, on being challenged by the channel to do as many celebrity impersonations as possible in the space of 60 seconds, in a section ingeniously entitled – wait for it! – ‘The Imitation Game’, Benedict Cumberbatch gamely nailed no less than 11 celebrity voices, with bells on. (He also does a mean Jar Jar Binks, fact fans – google it!)
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The Imitation Game is released in the UK Friday 14th November