The Imitation Game has been criticized for not including a sex scene, but one of its stars, Matthew Goode, has defended the decision.

In the film, the 38-year-old Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County) plays Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who helped crack the German Enigma machine code – a triumph of computer science and a turning point for the Allies in World War II. After acknowledging that he was gay, Turing faced chemical castration as punishment.

And while this plays an important role in Turing's life, The Imitation Game does not include a sex scene.

“You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't,” Goode, who plays mathematician Hugh Alexander in the film, told The Daily Beast. “I'm glad that we didn't. There's many things we tried to get right, and I think it would've been too far, in the first film. I'm sure there will be other films about Turing that are 'braver.' But for bringing this story to a greater audience around the world, I think we gave him a film that he deserved.”

Goode has previously played gay in Brideshead Revisited and A Single Man.