Acting and Acting Styles – The Imitation Game Title: The Imitation Game
Writer: Graham Moore
Director: Morton Tyldum
Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leach, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong
Acting and acting styles of the following actors will be discussed for this blog post.
I classify Benedict Cumberbatch, with regard to the movie The Imitation Game (2014) as an impersonator. Actors who fall under this class are defined as “actors who copy the manner, dialect, and behavior of a character, instead of creating the character” (Goodykoontz and Jacobs, 2014, Sect. 5.5, para. 1). I classify them as impersonators because they did not have to create their characters because their characters were real people in history. They simply had to copy their manners, dialect and behaviors. I think that Benedict Cumberbatch did an excellent job of portraying the anti-social personality of Alan Turing. The scene below portrays this best and is called “Lunch”.
Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode I would classify as character actors. When an actor is classified as a character actor it means the actor is “…able to fit invisibly into a wide variety of disparate characters, adapting to the needs of each script and director they work with (Goodykoontz and Jacobs, 2014, Sect. 5.5, para. 8) I classify them as character actors because this film is a drama not a documentary. So, they each had to follow the script with regard to their characters and did not impersonate them. For the character of Joan Clarke this has an impact on her place in history with regard to feminism. It is not brought to light that she was paid less than the men she was working with and doing the same exact work with. For the character of Hugh Alexander this has an impact on his character because we do not see that he was the organizational person of the group as Turning had no interest in it.
Hugh Alexander/Matthew Goode
Joan Clarke/Keira Knightley
I think all three of these can be classified under realism type of acting because the relationships were real and the actors bring the genuine human action and reaction to each character that they play.
Benedict Cumberbatch has acted in other films where he places a famous person. Those being Stephen Hawking and Sherlock Holmes. He has also played in fantasy films being the voice of the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and the villain in Star Trek: Into the Darkness (2013). I do not think Benedict Cumberbatch can always be placed into the same category because of the shear spectrum of characters he has played. I would say he falls under the character actor as he fits in a wide variety of roles and has no trouble adapting to the needs of the script or the director.
Stephen Hawking becuo.com
Benedict Cumberbatch. (2015). The Biography.com website. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/benedict-cumberbatch-21117745.
Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc
Keira Knightley. (2015). The Biography.com website. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/keira-knightley-15508372.