10:58 am - 11/19/2012

Benedict Cumberbatch: Likes his Watson? I Guess? This is a stupid article.

Benedict Cumberbatch wants to keep his Watson male
Unlike Jonny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch wants his Watson to remain a man

There is an all-male Twelfth Night in the West End, and an all-female Julius Caesar opening later this month, but Benedict Cumberbatch has no intention of following Jonny Lee Miller’s example and working with a female Dr Watson as his pal did in the series Elementary.

“After working with with Martin [Freeman], I could never imagine Watson being a woman,” the Sherlock star assures me at a party to celebrate Spencer Hart’s 10th anniversary at the Brompton Club . “Martin is established as Watson.

“I have seen the pilot and one other episode of Elementary – I think it’s great. It works with Lucy playing Watson and she's a good actress, but I don’t think you could do that here with Sherlock.”

Elementary, the US adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series, sees Miller take the lead role while Dr Watson, who is conventionally a man, is portrayed by the former Charlie’s Angels actress, Lucy Liu.

“It’s not that I think it doesn’t work in the States, it’s just Martin has been established as Watson and you can’t change that.”


Obviously, obviously we couldn't switch out Martin Freeman for an actress and pretend nothing happened and I don't understand what the point of this article is, except as a way to somehow make it seem like Benedict thinks girl-Watson is a bad idea, which just...isn't saying at all. I'm waiting for it to get spun that way though.
mynamehere07 19th-Nov-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
What was the point of this? He likes what he saw of Elementary and he likes Sherlock and the dynamic with Freeman.

This whole Sherlock vs. Elementary thing is a bunch of nonsense hype being perpetuated by silly people on tumblr. Yes, Moffat is a moron who stuck his foot in his mouth with that Elementary quote. But ffs, people just need to get over it. Watch Sherlock, watch Elementary, watch both, watch neither, idgaf anymore.
executivehpfan 19th-Nov-2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
OR watch the One True Sherlock Holmes, the Granada Series with King Jeremy Brett which slays ALL (except maybe the brilliance of the Great Mouse Detective).

sherlockholmes 19th-Nov-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
I could watch him mouthfuck his pipe all day.
executivehpfan 19th-Nov-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
I would do unspeakable things to that man. The one and only time I've ever found Sherlock Holmes as a character attractive. Damn you, Brett.
xpirate_queenx 19th-Nov-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)

I love Downey, I love Cumbermuffins (when he keeps his snake creature mouth shut), hell, I even love Rathbone; but nobody will ever top Jeremy Brett.
executivehpfan 19th-Nov-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I'm a Holmes-lover who'll watch anything Holmes related, but no one will ever snatch Jeremy's crown. That man *was* Sherlock Holmes.
lunarsole 19th-Nov-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
this perfect comment rn
executivehpfan 19th-Nov-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
wentwarth 19th-Nov-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
He's so great <3 I could watch him non-stop, but I especially love it when he smiles or laughs. I watched the Red-Headed League just yesterday and I loved it when he's communicating to Watson to stay serious with his face and trying to suppress a smile and at the end of Jabez's story they both burst into laughter.
numbedtoe 19th-Nov-2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
pssh basil rathbone is the man.
tonstant_weader 19th-Nov-2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
omg yes PREACH
sadisticsidhe 19th-Nov-2012 05:02 pm (UTC)

best Sherlock:
nemo_de_la_meer 19th-Nov-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
God, his Holmes had sass. His kindness even had sass.

searingidolatry 19th-Nov-2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more!
xel_squirgle_ox 20th-Nov-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
I absolutely love his ears.
...Am I weird?
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