Benedict Cumberbatch On How Long He Sees Himself As SHERLOCK And Meeting Robert Downey Jr.
Sunday night the third series of Sherlock debuted in the states on PBS‘ Masterpiece Mystery. For those that didn’t fly to England and watch it play out on the UK schedule, since that’s the only possible way someone in the states could watch it, you’re in for a treat. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both on top form throughout all three episodes. Cumberbatch has been out and about promoting the plethora of movies his in and the new season of Sherlock. The actor talked about how long he can see himself running around in his trademark jacket and scarf in a recent interview. He also had a few things to say about the other two contemporary Sherlock actors.
Speaking with Collider for the US premiere of The Empty Hearse, Cumberbatch was asked how long he could play the famous detective before feeling tired or burnt out from the role like other actors have when bringing to life the literary icon. The man with a cult following online said there’s no way he’s hanging up the deerstalker for a good, long while:
I’m a long-distance runner. No, I don’t think so. I’m younger than any of them were or are, at the moment. I’m fine with it. I’m going to keep going with it. It’s a schedule-providing thing. They probably had a harder volume of it to do, at a time. I play enough other mad people, as well and some sane people, to vary the palette of what’s scrabbling around in my head and soul to bring to the floor, as a storyteller. Who knows? You can do a little chart about when you’re aware of the dementia finally starting to creep in. They’re doing a wonderful story, with Ian McKellen and Bill Condon, about Holmes having dementia and not being able to solve this final puzzle that is haunting him, to his last moments. Maybe I’ll reach the ripe old age and be able to do the same, in our format. I kind of do already, but that’ just my bad memory.
I find it very invigorating…
Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Lee Miller both play Sherlock Holmes in movies and TV (Elementary), respectively. They’ve both been very successful in the role, but it seems most people give Cumberbatch the edge. The actor says there is no competition between the men and he’s friends (or at least acquaintances) with both of them. Cumberbatch has wanted to meet RDJ for a while, and he finally got the chance at this year’s Golden Globes. Says Cumberbatch on his fellow Holmes:
I sat down on the sofa with Robert Downey, Jr. last night, and we had our first conversation and shared notes on playing Sherlock Holmes. This is the most dramatized fictional character of all time, so there’s a lot to talk about. And Jonny is incredibly busy with it. I’ve seen him on one plane, just by happenstance, since we both started on our separate journeys with it. We haven’t had a proper sit-down about it, but we adore each other. We’re in contact, every now and again, but the last thing we want to do is talk shop. So, I see as much of his as I can, and I think he sees all of our three at a time. We’re all fans of one another. We’re all supportive of it. No matter what bullshit the press has tried to whip up in the past, we’re really good friends. And I can safely say that Robert’s in the same camp now, after last night. We had a wonderful chat.
You can read the full interview with Cumberbatch where he talks about season 3 and his parents by clicking the source link below. Cumberbatch has already said he wants a fourth and fifth series of Sherlock, so we will probably have him in the role for several more years at least. Since the series is three movies instead of 22 episodes like American TV, it does allow both Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman freedom to do other projects. I think they’ll keep their schedules open enough for more outings and Holmes and Watson. What do you think about Cumberbatch‘s comments?
Source : Collider