Aha! I was right - they did do something to his teeth! You can see a gap between his front teeth in this photo, so I looked up photos of Dominic Cummings and finally found one where his teeth were showing. He has a gap in his front teeth.
BREXIT – Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Kinnear, John Hefferman Where the United States has President Donald Trump, the United Kingdom has Brexit. Sherlock and Patrick Melrose star Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and Campaign Director of Vote Leave, in the one-off drama, written by James Graham, best known for political plays such as The Vote and Ink. Directed by Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes, the drama will unpack the anatomy of the historic, high-stakes campaign to win the hearts and minds of the British people. BBC Worldwide, which is selling the two-hour special, produced by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s House Productions, will be hoping that Cumberbatch’s hairline doesn’t put off buyers.
No one needs reminding that it was former Prime Minister David Cameron who called the Brexit referendum. So Capital is surprised to learn that Cameron has largely been written out of the forthcoming Channel 4 movie Brexit: The Uncivil War, a dramatisation of the political saga starring Benedict Cumberbatch. No actor plays Cameron and he only fleetingly features in archive footage.
Cumberbatch plays Vote Leave campaign supremo Dominic Cummings and Rory Kinnear is Craig Oliver, Cameron’s former spin doctor. Making matters worse for Cameron, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are portrayed in the movie (by Richard Goulding and Oliver Maltman respectively).
A well-placed source tells Capital that Brexit offers a fair look at both sides of the referendum divide and the real political players were sent scripts in advance of the film. But they add that Cameron, who is now working on his memoirs and pursuing business opportunities, might not want to watch the movie when it is shown on Channel 4 next year, since it hardly shows him in a glowing light.
“There is a scene in the movie where Cummings [played by Cumberbatch] publicly calls out Cameron as ‘crap’, which then creates pandemonium,” says the source. “James Graham [the scriptwriter] has previously featured Cameron in another of his Channel 4 dramas [The Coalition] so he might well have felt he had been there before with him.”
It is widely know that Cummings really doesn’t like Cameron so I’m not sure why this is considered polemic.
Also it was reported that the main characters are the behind the scenes strategists not the big politicians. Although yes, there are a few famous real life characters played by supporting actors. Still, I’m sure they will mention he initiated the process with his silly referendum.
Benedict Cumberbatch ‘demanded his role as Brexit chief Dominic Cummings be darker’ The star is said to have asked for rewrites of a Channel 4 film to depict Brexiteer as less likeable Grant Tucker, Entertainment Correspondent
The Brexit referendum divided the country. Now the division has spread to the Channel 4 film recreating the campaign.
In a grim echo of the squabbling, leaks and counter-leaks that have gripped British politics for the past two years, ugly tales of “creative differences” are emerging from the set of The Uncivil War, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, the director of the Vote Leave campaign.
Cumberbatch, the star of Sherlock, is said to have argued with the film’s screenwriter, James Graham, about aspects of the script, particularly its portrayal of Cummings, a prominent Brexiteer.
“Benedict was initially unhappy with the script,” a source close to the production said. “He felt that the original script showed Cummings in a positive light and he wanted to play him as a much darker figure.”
The source claimed that Cumberbatch, 42, wanted Graham to rewrite certain parts of the script: “He was throwing his weight around on set. We all have our differences, but this was something else.”
Graham, 36, denied there were arguments on set, but has previously acknowledged that he rewrote the script on several occasions after an early draft leaked. “I’ve been constantly meeting with those involved and updating it,” he said.
The Channel 4 production was filmed during the summer and is due to air early next year, at about the time a significant proportion of the British public may well have concluded they never want to hear the word “Brexit” again. Yet the presence of Cumberbatch, who supported the remain campaign during the referendum, should ensure a decent audience for what was undeniably one of the most dramatic episodes in recent British political history.
Graham is a playwright who has previously been praised by critics for the even-handedness of his work. His 2012 play This House, about the fall of the Labour government in 1979, was performed at the National Theatre. He also wrote Coalition, a television drama depicting the formation of the Tory-led coalition government in 2010. He has said his personal support for the remain campaign would not influence his new work.
“The vast majority of my friends growing up would have voted leave and people in my family voted leave,” he once told an interviewer. “I feel a sense of responsibility about not favouring one side over the other and not depicting heroes where there are none.”
Cumberbatch has made no secret of his pro-European views. “Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away,” he has said.
Perhaps inevitably, the Channel 4 project kicked up an early storm when a first draft of the script leaked online. Even Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, weighed in, calling the project “bullshit”.
Matthew Elliott, the former chief executive of Vote Leave, is played in the film by John Heffernan, who appeared in The Crown. Elliott told The Sunday Times he was “sure Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn’t want viewers to be misled. The campaign deserves a proper historical drama, not another episode of Sherlock”.
Approached by The Sunday Times yesterday, Graham said: “Perhaps not unexpectedly for a drama about Brexit it feels like a classic piece of misinformation and bizarre speculation.” He insisted the “entire creative team” was committed to representing all sides “as fairly as possible”.
Culture clash as Londoner takes on northerner
They represent the divide in Britain. Benedict Cumberbatch, the Harrow-educated actor embodies metropolitan London. He signed a letter warning that “leaving Europe would be a leap into the unknown for millions of people across the UK who work in the creative industries”.
Dominic Cummings, who has kept his native Durham accent, has railed against European bureaucracy for decades. He ran Vote Leave and wrote on his blog: “British elites handed over power to the Monnet-Delors project with barely one-in-a-thousand understanding in detail why, what it involved, and its likely evolution.”