Morten Tyldum er i vinden med sin siste film The Imitation Game. Deadline har i dag publisert et kort intervju med nordmannen, som forteller at følte seg som en outsider i Hollywood – kun tilbudt action- og superheltfilmer før han fikk manuset om Engima-knekkeren Alan Turing i hånden.
Oppdagelsen av Turing og viktigheten av hans arbeid under 2. verdenskrig ble en vekker for Tyldum.
– I also had the discovery of Alan Turing reading this script and became obsessed with him. Why didn’t I know more about him? Why wasn’t he on the front cover of the history books when I was in school? What you want as a filmmaker is to be obsessed with and fall in love with the material.
Turing fikk liten anerkjennelse for sitt arbeid, og røff behandling fordi han var homofil. Tyldum forteller at det var viktig å fremheve Turings prestasjoner, ikke kun vise hans personlige tragedie.
– We didn’t want to shy away from the injustice that happened to him. I mean, he was literally crucified, and it’s such a tragedy and it’s staggering. At the same time, we wanted to celebrate his achievements and his spirit and legacy. I didn’t want to make a film that was a dusty old history lesson. I wanted it to be engaging, because Alan deserves that. His life was inspiring.