11:34 pm - 02/05/2013

Elementary: Jon Michael Hill On Marcus Bell, Jonny Lee Miller As Sherlock, And Lucy Liu As Watson.

With Benedict Cumberbatch already playing Holmes in the modern British drama Sherlock, and Robert Downey Jr receiving critical acclaim for his starring role in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes action films, it was no small feat for Miller to find his own interpretation of the famous sleuth.

"I was taken by how gritty Jonny, as the choice for Sherlock, was; he's great," Jon Michael Hill told The Guide.

"His workload is really incredible; I've never seen anything like it. He not only manages to get it all memorised but he brings something unique and specific. He's also just a very funny guy. He's a lot of fun to work with."

Hill plays Detective Marcus Bell, the right-hand man of Captain Toby Gregson (played by Aidan Quinn) who initially feels threatened by the mysterious Holmes who swans about, dissecting his crime scenes.

"There's a territorial issue," Hill explained.

"He's been Captain Gregson's No 1 for a while and all of a sudden there's this consultant on the scene.

He has to swallow his pride. There's this genius in the house and Marcus has to take his lead every once in a while.

"But Sherlock is not without his flaws. He's a little reckless sometimes, whereas Marcus has a strong mind for bureaucracy. He knows what has to be done."

Hill also has plenty of praise for Liu, who is playing a completely new version of the traditionally male Dr Watson.

"In the first episode she has something very vulnerable and strong at the same time," he said.

"It's a great combination."

The show debuts in Australia on Sunday, February 3, in Ten's traditional drama timeslot of 8.30pm, which before Christmas was occupied by Homeland.

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dacrayzblaze1 5th-Feb-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
I love this dude!
briknowsbest 5th-Feb-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
I love him!
pettyscenes 5th-Feb-2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
he's such a babe.
lucciolaa 6th-Feb-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
I think so, too.

Edited at 2013-02-06 12:09 am (UTC)
hateistoodark 6th-Feb-2013 02:46 am (UTC)
shangman 5th-Feb-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
I really hope he gets more character development soon, he's awesome
fabouluz 5th-Feb-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Feb 14th episode it's about him. Called 'Details'
shangman 6th-Feb-2013 12:09 am (UTC)

you are a fountain of elementary knowledge!
vickyblueeyez 5th-Feb-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
What is his character's name?
faithgrowsold 5th-Feb-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Marcus Bell.
fabouluz 5th-Feb-2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
It's in the title. Marcus Bell.
vickyblueeyez 5th-Feb-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, I didn't know who Marcus was so I completely missed it.
faithgrowsold 5th-Feb-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
I love Bell, but sometimes it gets really annoying as a viewer to watch him/Gregson dismiss whatever Sherlock is saying. I get why they do, but because we've come to know Sherlock is always right, it gets frustrating. You know?

But Bell is great, and isn't there supposed to be an episode centered on him soon? I am v excited for that.

Edited at 2013-02-05 11:48 pm (UTC)
roguewave3 5th-Feb-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think they're dismissive, for the most part they trust his judgement. They can't just let him do whatever he wants though. They have to question him on his leads and conclusions.
faithgrowsold 5th-Feb-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no, I totally get that. There's just moments when they're all, Sherlock, we've already got the guy, or whatever, and it's like goddamn, obviously you don't, there's still thirty minutes left in the episode!!!
lucciolaa 6th-Feb-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
chaylay23 6th-Feb-2013 12:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's it entirely. Sometimes he'll make wide leaps of logic based off of some really obscure piece of evidence. Even if they trust his judgement, they have to worry about the bureaucracy and they can't exactly petition for a search warrant based on Sherlock's hunches.

I think this show does a good job of balancing the 2 without making it just another show where the genius is doubted by the higher ups and he has to break the rules to prove them wrong.
lucciolaa 6th-Feb-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
love him <3
xxxquothxxx 6th-Feb-2013 12:04 am (UTC)
bell is so attractive 2 me
booksforlunch 6th-Feb-2013 12:06 am (UTC)
OMG!!! I just noticed the elementary tag! Awesome! <3

Edited at 2013-02-06 12:06 am (UTC)
chaylay23 6th-Feb-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
I love him on the show! I really love that he's growing a bit closer to Sherlock with each episode.

And I love JLM's Sherlock :) He's gives off a more vulnerable vibe than RDJ's and what I've seen of Benedict. Especially with last Sunday's episode.
lucciolaa 6th-Feb-2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Not necessarily more vulnerable, but more human. It's something that BBC Sherlock lacks, which I find frustrating. Even in the canon Holmes isn't some sort of robot devoid of human compassion and understanding, and I like that JLM's Sherlock can be tactless at times, but you can still tell that he's a caring person.
chaylay23 6th-Feb-2013 12:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I meant vulnerable in the sense that you can clearly see where he's flawed. I really appreciate this side of him because in other versions, Sherlock is this perfect genius who's only flaw is that other people can't follow his logic.
carverhawke 6th-Feb-2013 12:47 am (UTC)
with Benedict's Sherlock I can't really tell that he and Watson are even supposed to be friends, what with all of the shit that he puts John through idk how he stands it. JLM's Sherlock and Lucy's Joan are so much more believable
bodyline 6th-Feb-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
i love his character so much, he was really a great addition to the series

take notes, moffat
yurasama_love 6th-Feb-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
I had no idea Bell's first name was Marcus.
amber_protocol 6th-Feb-2013 01:25 am (UTC)
Lol ikr. When he called his character Marcus I was all "who the fuck is he talking about?".
maria1221 6th-Feb-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Flawless man, flawless OP.

fabouluz 6th-Feb-2013 01:16 am (UTC)

You are too, I love your icon, love that movie.
who_love 6th-Feb-2013 01:22 am (UTC)
Flawless character, actor, show and OP.
Can't wait for the Bell episode
hateistoodark 6th-Feb-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
I love Bell!
I'm dying to know who'll play Moriarty. And Irene if they do flashbacks or if she's alive.
rashaka 6th-Feb-2013 06:18 am (UTC)
Who s the actor in your icon? I've seen him somewhere!
thewunderland 6th-Feb-2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Harry Lloyd, so pretty
hateistoodark 6th-Feb-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Harry Lloyd!
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