The 38-year-old is playing WWII codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, a film premiering at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival this week. Turing, in case you’re culturally inept, was the openly gay Englishman who helped defeat Germany during WWII by intercepting and cracking coded Nazi messages, only to be chemically castrated for being gay.
So in the grand tradition of Press Not Being Able To Separate Characters From Celebrities, The Daily Beast has asked the actor some hard-hitting questions about how to tackle homophobia in the U.S. and how we’re supposed to feel about ISIS in pop culture. You know, things he’s qualified to talk about.
Aside from proclaiming that “gays are always the biggest homophobes,” Cumberbatch uses the interview to lay out a foolproof 16-year plan for American politics:
TDB: There’s still a lot of homophobia in the U.S., as well.
Benedict Cumberbatch: Oh, the Christian far right? Yes. Very homophobic. You need to have a female president next, and then after that, a gay president. That’s the full journey from Obama’s legacy onwards. There’s a great Morrissey lyric from “America Is Not the World” from You Are the Quarry that goes, “In America, the land of the free, they said / And of opportunity, in a just and truthful way / But where the president is never black, female or gay, and until that day / You’ve got nothing to say to me, to help me believe.” It’s quite an old song from before Obama took office, but you’ve done black, then you need to do female, then the next, gay.
Listen up, Congress! This guy’s got all the answers here. We’ve “done black,” and now we have to “do” female and gay.
Intrigued? You can also hear about the painful homophobia this straight man endured as a child in the same interview.