Martin Freeman made headlines back in March when he told The Telegraph that dealing with Sherlock fans’ expectations is “not fun anymore.” He was referring to some viewers’ desires to see Watson (Freeman) and Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Sherlock couple up romantically.
Unfortunately, Freeman’s choice of words didn’t go over well — and then Cumberbatch weighed in. Now, Freeman is trying to explain what he meant.
In a recent conversation with The Daily Beast (April 30), Freeman clarified, saying, “If you’re in something that has a lot of fans, that’s better than being in something that has no fans. My point with Sherlock was that those expectations can be heavy.”
He went on to say, “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.”
He may be trying to redeem himself with fans, but he still seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder, saying, “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.”
The “this” he’s referring to is, once again, fans’ desire to see Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Freeman) become lovers. Viewers have long been creating fan fiction and memes along these lines, which seems to be rubbing Freeman the wrong way.
But by the end of the interview, Freeman appears to have gotten on track, insisting, “I love the show. I’m a fan of the show. Unfortunately, that’s the joy of being quoted out of context, and joy of newspapers needing a headline.”
It’s not the most elegant example of celebrity backtracking, but we appreciate Freeman’s desire to get across how much he does in fact love Sherlock. And if he feels like his comments were taken out of context in the original interview, then that’s obviously going to wrankle him.
Hopefully, now we can all move on and simply enjoy the great work he is doing, which we spotlighted in this recent Anglo feature, 10 and 1/2 Martin Freeman Roles Worth Going Back For.
Has Martin Freeman officially gotten himself out of the dog house?