The mis-shaping of Alan Turing

turing dlIf I had a dollar for every person who said to me, upon hearing that I am playing him, “but Alan Turing was tall.” …Alan Turing was 5’8″-5’9″, my height,.. Not tall. (& described often as barrel chested… Not chicken pinned as so many portray him). The folklore image of Turing has just been so warped by a need to create a quirky genius into something not human. Misrepresentations of him as some cartoonish version of a geek genius. No he was not like Sherlock, or Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory.
…& any script focusing on his marriage for some kind of warped straight love story focus is doing a disservice to his tragedy, his memory & his life.