Actress Keira Knightley told Daily Mail that she wanted to look “crumpled” in the film The Imitation Game. The film is based on the true story of mathematician Alan Turing, leader of the team that cracked the Nazi’s Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) plays Turing, Knightley plays fellow cryptanalyst Joan Clarke. Turing and Clarke were engaged once but it didn’t last. Turing was gay, and prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952. He committed suicide two years later. Turing was 41 years old.
There aren’t many female roles in the film and Knight did her best to fight off getting the glamour treatment. “I didn’t want Joan [Knightley’s character] all dolled up.” Turing’s biographer Andrew Hodges (The Enigma) backs Knightley up saying Joan was “not a glamourpuss.” The Imitation Game will be released in the US on November 21.