Wednesday, September 10, 2014

(video) TIFF 2014: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech red carpets

Sep 9, 2014
Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

(L to R): Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Pattinson, and Keira Knightley. (QMI AGENCY)

QMI reporter Jenny Yuen hit the red carpet for Day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival. Jenny caught up with with the stars of David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars" and Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game."

Jenny at "The Imitation Game" red carper: Keira Knightley calls for stronger roles for women, Allen Leech talks Downton Abbey.

Keira Knightley said that even though disparity between men and women is improving, there is still a long way to go.

Knightley portrays Joan Clarke in Imitation Game, which captures the life and times of British mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a key figure in cracking The Nazi's Enigma code that helped allies win the Second World War only to be later was vilified for his homosexuality.

Clarke develops a deep friendship with Turing and becomes his confidante and is one-time fiancée.

Downton Abbey star Allen Leech, who plays British spy John Cairncross in the film, said while he is a coder in the movie, English was his forte in school.

"Math was not, to be honest," he said. "We had two weeks for rehearsals, which was such a blessing. (The cast) really got to know each other and you get to see it on the screen."

On a celebrity side note, Leech said he doesn't consider himself famous per se, but said there is a polite method for fans to approach for a selfie.

"If there was someone that was a fan of Downton or a fan of The Imitation Game, if they ask, it's always nice, rather than having a camera shoved in your face," he said. "I remember going up to Pierce Brosnan when I was a kid, back at home, and once you ask, even though it's scary, ultimately it's very flattering that someone would like a picture with you."


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