Not too long after Benedict Cumberbatch gave a fairly scathing reply to Martin Freeman’s sentiment that doing Sherlock seemingly isn’t “fun” anymore, we now have a little more clarification from the Watson actor as to precisely what he meant. Note that this isn’t the first time that Freeman has tried to clarify the remark, but we understand his need to try to do so again. This is a show with an enormous audience and a dedicated following — also, he doesn’t want anyone to think that he just hates the show with a burning passion.
In speaking on this subject further to the Daily Beast, here is what Freeman had to say as a whole:
“My point with Sherlock was that those expectations can be heavy … There’s a certain aspect that some fans are going to run with the ball and make their own thing out of your show – which is completely fair enough, as long as we all acknowledge that that is what is happening.
“I think when you get into a slightly tail-wagging-the-dog scenario, that gets boring, for me. So when people insist that Sherlock is supposed to be this show, when we decide what show it is, it’s like, ‘No, this is actually the show we’re making, and that we’ve always made. I know you want to see this happen, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to have to happen.’ So that’s what gets, frankly, wearing.”
Basically, what Freeman is trying to say is that it’s tough sometimes to make the show when people treat it like it’s something that it’s not and become transfixed on something that is separate from the show itself. We do understand that, but our advice on that remains the same: Focus on the work and your experiences with the cast/crew more than anything else then.
As we’ve always said, one way or another we do think that Sherlock will likely return at some point down the road, and we really don’t think that these comments are a factor. They are notable in pointing out how different actors handle fan reaction, but that’s really all they are notable for.
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