“Sexuality was a very powerful tool then. I keep my character’s homosexuality secret because you are so open to blackmail. It necessitates a certain amount of secretiveness, which goes hand in hand with spying. We talked about the idea that Guillam would have been a frozen child at one of the military public schools and there would be a distance between him and his parents, partly because of the work he was involved in. Guillam is in love with a man who’s older than him, and Smiley is another sort of father figure.” x
Benedict Cumberbatch in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Sometimes, in the midst of my fangirling, I forget what an incredible actor Benedict really is. And then, I see movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and watch moments like this one in particular, that remind me what a truly talented and brilliant man he is.
I find it absolutely breathtaking that Benedict manages to express an entire lifetime of emotion, struggle, and heartbreak in thirty seconds. His quiet, wracking sobs are more moving than any overly dramatic monologue could ever be, because you can see that he is falling apart inside. He is absolutely shattered, and this is the only moment that he can take to let those feelings out. The one time that Peter can just be Peter, and mourn the loss of the man he loves. Without even speaking, Benedict Cumberbatch can break your heart.
Reblogging again for the comment above
Reblogging for everything in this post. The man is a bucketful of talent, and anyone who can’t see it must have their eyes glued shut. He expresses so much in the smallest moments. He is truly brilliant.
THIS. ALL OF THIS.
OK NOW THAT I FINALLY SAW THE MOVIE I CAN COMMENT ON THIS GIFSET THAT I HAVE BEEN SEEING EVERYWHERE
I HAVE NEVER CRIED BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THAT WAS INTRODUCED AND OVER IN UNDER A MINUTE BEFORE
I AM LITERALLY SOBBING RIGHT NOW JUST LOOKING AT THIS
I DON’T THINK THERE IS A SINGLE PERSON ON THIS EARTH THAT UNDERSTANDS HOW FANTASTIC OF AN ACTOR THIS MAN IS. NOBODY EVER WILL.
Oh god, you saw it… I was clinging to my best friend’s arm trying not to openly sob. It’s SO short but it just PUNCHES YOU IN THE GUT with raw fucking emotion. And you just ACHE because this man is sacrificing EVERYTHING he loves for Smiley and his government. He’s left with nothing. He waits until his lover leaves the room and then… you just watch his face crumple… and then you die of feels.
Yes. God, and that it is his older lover saying that he is an adult, that his younger lover is always trying to be the strong man- that he doesn’t need to be protected by his younger lover- adds this whole extra level of emotion, of implied history. I just.
Brilliant actors being absolutely brilliant.