How Remainer Cumberbatch played arch-Leaver with ‘sympathy and understanding’ to prevent new Brexit drama becoming ‘one-sided’
- Benedict Cumberbatch played pro-Brexit guru Dominic Cummings in a drama
- Brexit: The Uncivil War charts the way pro-Leave campaigners won the vote
- Cumberbatch 42, revealed he even had dinner with the Cummings family
- The political thriller will be broadcast on Channel 4 early next month
He was never shy of telling people that he thought Britain should stay in the European Union.
But Remainer Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t want a ‘one-sided portrayal’ of the Vote Leave mastermind in an upcoming drama, its writer has claimed.
James Graham, who wrote Brexit: The Uncivil War, said Cumberbatch wanted to play Dominic Cummings with ‘sympathy and understanding’.
Benedict Cumberbatch, pictured played arch-Brexiteer Dominic Cummings in a new drama
Cummings, pictured here with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove ran the Vote Leave campaign
Cumberbatch, 42, previously revealed he even had dinner at the Cummings family home to get to grips with the character.
The Hollywood star features as the man ‘behind the scenes’ in the drama about the successful campaign for Brexit. Playwright Graham said: ‘[Benedict] met Dominic, I think they got on really well.
‘Benedict’s absolute obsession all the way through was to make sure that it wasn’t too one-sided. That the film wasn’t blaming him.’
The political thriller, to be shown on Channel 4 in January, is set in the run-up to the referendum.
It explores the ‘myriad tactics employed to swing one of the most surprising referendum results in living memory’.
Speaking about the drama, Cumberbatch told Radio Times that he had learned why Leave campaigners were so frustrated with the political establishment.
The actor added: ‘[Dominic’s] frustration is all to do with the dominance of Westminster – the disconnected careerism that he felt drove and still drives political discourse… He felt it all needed to change, that things needed to shift.’