“The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is largely based on Andrew Hodges’ biography of Alan Turing, “Alan Turing: The Enigma.” One of the big problems with Turing is that there isn’t a lot that is known about him. A lot of the documents that trace his work back to British government have been destroyed and his personal life has always been a bit of mystery. One thing that we really know for sure is that he played a pivotal role in ending the Second World War because he was able to crack and intercept messages from the Nazis. So many big Hollywood movies blend fact and fiction and “The Imitation Game” is no exception. Here are 9 false facts from the film!
According to the screenwriter Graham Norton, the character Detective Nock is purely fictional. “He gives us another perspective…we can see how a normal person, not a bad person, could end up doing this horrible thing to Alan. We didn’t want to create this story of Alan being a sad character that bad things happened to, so we decided to show his final years through the perspective of this fictional detective…Nock is not a bad person, not an evil person. The terrible thing that happened to Turing was not his fault and was deeply unfair and the injustice of that is something we all have to reckon with,” he said.