BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH in FAST COMPANY:
Q: I IMAGINE THE HARDEST PART IS DECIDING WHICH THINGS YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW.
A: You just have to go for what's really necessary first, and then, God willing, there's time to get lost in stuff that's just a diversion but as illuminating as the stuff you need to know. I'm not a math PhD, I'm not a programmer or cryptographer of any sort. The science that I try to understand is often about sense memory. Even if it's something as simple as copying what the art department has done. I'm an okay drawer and craftsman, and their work is always so ridiculously involved. With Turing, I just asked how they copied his schematics and they showed me, and then I copied their copy, so it was two removes from him. But even doing that, before takes, in between takes, and then obviously during takes, made me have some entitlement to pretending to be this intellect, because I was at least creating something that he'd done. That's really satisfying.
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