What do you make of the new US modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Elementary?
Jonny [Lee Miller] asked me if I was all right with him doing it. I said, ‘What are the similarities?’ And he went, ‘Well it’s modern.’ I went, ‘Oh.’ Then he said, ‘Lucy Liu’s going to play Joan Watson’. And I went, ‘Oh.’ I got hold of the pilot script just to check it out. I don’t know, we’ll see. I think there’s room for us both to coexist. I don’t feel threatened by it and I wish him the best, which is as diplomatic as I can be.
It’s a strange position to be in.
It’s very odd. I did say, ‘Well, I’d prefer you didn’t do it but you’ve got a kid to feed, a nice house in LA and a wife to keep in good clothes.’ When you get used to a certain standard of living and they waft a pay cheque at you, what are you going to do? I think Jonny was like, ‘Mate, I’ve got the f*cking mountain to climb here [to reach the acclaim of Sherlock], you’ve got nothing to fear. I wish him the best of luck, but I’m a bit cynical about why they’ve chosen to do it and why they cast him.
“The BBC didn’t think a silly little actor needed to ask Stephen (Hawking) anything. In Dunkirk I wasn’t allowed to speak to [the character’s] relatives. The BBC were saying, ‘You might upset them.’ I’m about to play him on screen! If that’s going to upset the relatives, I might as well get it over with now.”
Chicago Sun-Times journalist Lori Rackl about Benedict Cumberbatch’s Emmy nomination
“There’s Gielgud, Olivier, Richard Burton and Albert Finney and all those people, and it’s a chain. You are links in a chain and now you see Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling, a new breed of talent that I think are the ‘real deal.’ You get a feeling that it’s not about celebrity or vanity. They’re real actors that are coming through.”
Wow. What an honour for the named actors.
One thing we can also expect to see this year is some more humanity from Sherlock and Cumberbatch explains that these characters have evolved; don’t worry though, there will still be “a few ‘I can’t believe he’s doing that’ moments.” Cumberbatch also reveals that the three episodes will cover different types of tales in the Holmes canon:
“The first episode is going to be about the heart, whatever that may be for Sherlock. The second episode is about horror and suspense and the third is going to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and a thriller, so expect love, horror and thrills!”
OMG OMG OMG…. LOVE, HORROR AND THRILLS!!!!!