Assange Calls Out Actor in 'Wretched' WikiLeaks Movie
Calls Benedict Cumberbatch 'a hired gun,' in January letter
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2013 10:03 AM CDT
In this July 30, 2013 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.   (AP Photo/ Sunshine Press Productions, File)

(Newser) The fight between Julian Assange and the team behind the upcoming WikiLeaks movie, The Fifth Estate, is apparently more personal than we realized. In a letter from January, Assange denies a request to meet with Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays Assange in the film, noting, "I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this is a good film," the letter says, as per Variety. "Your skills play into the hands of people who are out to remove me and WikiLeaks from the world ... Surely you can see why it is a bad idea for me to meet with you."

"I believe you are well intentioned," he continues, noting he would enjoy meeting the British actor and is fond of his work, but "you will be used, as a hired gun, to assume the appearance of the truth in order to assassinate it. By meeting with you, I would validate this wretched film, and endorse the talented, but debauched, performance that the script will force you to give." Ultimately, he encourages Cumberbatch to reconsider his role in the movie; afterward, the actor did consider dropping out, Raw Story reports. The movie is due out next week. Click for the full letter.

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Oct 12, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
the "rape" allegations as quoted here from wiki do sound pretty weak. still assange is more than ever clearly a d bag, and the value of manning's sacrifice grows ever more dubious.
Oct 11, 2013 9:32 AM CDT
Dear Julie (that's a girls name), Wow, you mean it's okay for YOU and your group to release secrets about anything and everything but when the table is turned and YOUR dirty little secrets are revealed it's wrong? Oh what a pity. Don't forget you started this whole mess through their own arrogance and belief in the self-worth to the world. I hope everyone sees the movie, the producers get filthy rich off of you.
Oct 10, 2013 11:32 PM CDT
I can't think of anyone in the Hollywood establishment that has an interest in making Assange or Wikileaks look good. If anything, if they have any motivation, it's probably toward making them look the opposite of good. My Spidey sense tells me we got a smear piece coming up soon & the title gives an idea of Hollywood's opinion of Assange/Wikileaks.