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Benedict Cumberbatch takes on role of Julian Assange

“This is a dramatic film. It’s not a documentary. It’s not a piece of evidence,” Benedict Cumberbatch, responding to questions about the responsibility of playing Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate.”

“That might just be the combination of my physical appearance, with me trying to look like him,” says Cumberbatch, a blend of otherworldly facial features both unsettling and hot-alien handsome, as he sits down with a reporter at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. “I don’t think he’s that creepy in real life.

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