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Benedict Cumberbatch responds to Martin Freeman's critical Sherlock comments

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Apr 22, 2018

Sherlock star Martin Freeman recently made waves with comments about how fan expectations made the show "not fun anymore,” but in a new interview, his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch has his own spin on the situation.

Last year co-creator Mark Gattis hinted we might not get any more Sherlock with the show's stars making the leap to Hollywood leaving schedules hard to manage. But that's not the only issue. Earlier this year in an interview with The Telegraph while promoting Black Panther, Freeman made some controversial comments about how he felt fan expectations had impacted Sherlock Season 4.

“People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f—ing do this, otherwise, you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore.”

This week, The Telegraph asked his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch to respond to the comments. He took a different view saying:

“It’s pretty pathetic if that’s all it takes to let you not want to take a grip of your reality. What, because of expectations? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily agree with that … There’s a level of obsession where [the franchise] becomes [the fans’] even though we’re the ones making it. But I just don’t feel affected by that in the same way, I have to say.”

It looks like Sherlock and Watson have different approaches in real life, too. Both actors are currently part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but their characters have yet to meet. Cumberbatch plays Doctor Strange and Freeman was in both Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. 

(via EW)