Assange: ‘Fifth Estate’ Will Fail

Thanks for the tips on narrative structure, Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks creator said Saturday in a rare interview that The Fifth Estate will fail because it doesn’t give people the underdog story they want. Speaking to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the fugitive leaker also slammed the documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. What movie has he seen lately that he liked? There Will Be Blood, apparently (not a euphemism). Fifth Estate star Benedict Cumberbatch, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to be taking Assange’s criticism seriously—he laughed off a cell phone ringing during the film’s New York premiere as “Julian calling and he’s calling to tell you not to watch!” Assange wrote Cumberbatch a letter imploring the actor to “seriously reconsider your involvement” in the film.