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Ben Whishaw is at his best playing troubled romantics: Keats, Dylan, and his latest, Freddie Lyon on the new BBC series The Hour. Freddie might not have the same artistic pedigree as the others — he's a reporter for a 1956 English news program — but he shares a poet’s passion in his relentless pursuit of the truth. He also pines for his best friend/boss Bel (played by Romola Garai), who in turn lusts for their lead presenter Hector (Dominic West). We spoke with Whishaw about The Hour ; his next film, Cloud Atlas, which he starts shooting in mid-September with Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis;...
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Whishaw prefers not to discuss his personal life, saying: "For me, it’s important to keep a level of anonymity. As an actor, your job is to persuade people that you’re someone else. So if you’re constantly telling people about yourself, I think you’re shooting yourself in the foot." In 2011 he told Out magazine, "As an actor you have total rights to privacy and mystery, whatever your sexuality, whatever you do. I don't see why that has to be something you discuss openly because you do something in the public eye. I have no understanding of why we turn actors into celebrities." However, in August 2013 a representative for Whishaw confirmed that he entered into a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw in August 2012.
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