Morten Tyldum: Imitation Game was a balancing act

Director Morten Tyldum has spoken about how incorporating both real life and humour into Benedict Cumberbath movie The Imitation Game was a challenge.

Morten Tyldum says there were “almost no deleted scenes” in The Imitation Game.

The Norwegian director was responsible for pulling together the thriller movie, which chronicles the life of computer scientist Alan Turing, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. And he says reconstructing Alan’s life was a fascinating process.

On the topic of editing the movie once shooting was finished, Morten says they’d been so selective about pre-production that there was “almost nothing” to cut in the editing room.

“We have a few small ones, but most of the things we shot are in the movie,” he told Collider.com. “We have to make choices early on because life is so rich.”

The movie follows the life of Alan, who was a noteworthy figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code - ultimately leading to the Allies winning World War II. He was later prosecuted for his life as a homosexual man.

“The injustice that has been done to him was staggering,” Morten explained, on their dedicated quest to “get it right”.

Alan’s life was so interesting in itself that they apparently barely needed to use creative license to keep the story engaging. They even filmed in the same school Alan attended as a young man. The filmmakers did, however, need to be sensitive about where to incorporate laughs in order to keep a cinema audience involved.

“The things we tweaked the most were the more humorous scenes,” said the director. “Getting the humor right without making fun of him or taking away the gravitas of the movie was one of the most challenging things.”

The Imitation Game also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance and Allen Leech. It was released in the United Kingdom on November 14.

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