In which John deeply regrets introducing Mary to Sherlock and contemplates his life choices.
can we talk about how the song goes “Baby please come home” - the second he walks through the door? (x)
and then we have
“Cause I remember when you were here”
and we get this
"…and all the fun we had last year"
was that really necessary, BBC? really?
“I’ve been doing interviews for years,” said Martin Freeman, “and in all that time I’ve virtually never read one and gone, ‘Yep, factually and tonally that’s exactly what happened.’ Pretty much never.” Well, this is awkward. Or at least it would be if today’s interview – conducted across an oceanic glass coffee table in Claridge’s Hotel in London – hadn’t gone bounding off script. Ostensibly, the 42-year-old was there to promote his starring role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the middle film in director Peter Jackson’s three-part return to Middle Earth, following last year’s billion-dollar grossing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And of course there’s Sherlock, back for a third series just as soon as the BBC finishes its promotional Amish-style striptease.
Between the projects, for a couple of weeks, anyway, Freeman will be the biggest star on Earth. But neither bears much in the way of news: The Hobbit, for all Jackson’s intervention, remains a 76-year-old story; and every conceivable explanation behind Sherlock’s death-defying leap at the end of the last series has already been speculated, counter-speculated, and counter-counter-speculated at least twice. So instead of dwelling on dwarves and detectives, we move on to other subjects. Naturally, Morgan Freeman, gay porn and the trouble with interviews are among them.
Your character, Bilbo, developed quite a bit during The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. What can we expect in The Desolation of Smaug?
This is the film where Bilbo becomes totally invaluable to the group – he’s not a mascot or someone to be patronised. In fact, he saves their arses on numerous occasions, so he’s really, really needed. He finds more character, more backbone, than he knew he had.
The last time you spoke with Time Out was just before the release of An Unexpected Journey. Our interviewer suggested your life was bound to change. Have you yourself had to develop more backbone?
I remember having those conversations before The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came out [in 2005] and thinking, fuck, is everything going to change? And it didn’t, really. I’m a big believer that life changes as much as you want it to. If you invite in all the madness, it will. If you don’t, if you kind of let the world quietly know that, “No thanks, I still want to get on the train and live my own life”, then somehow it doesn’t have to.
So celebrities are at fault for their own lack of privacy.
That’s a cruel attitude – if someone’s unhappy, you should leave them alone, even if they wanted attention five minutes ago. But I do think – in a very real, common sense way – that if you want to be famous, you can be. It’s not a great talent; if you put yourself forward, it will happen to you.
Has there ever been a hilarious mix-up involving you and Morgan Freeman?
No, not a real one.
Given the amount of speculation around the last episode of Sherlock [in which the detective fakes his own death], are you at all worried the big reveal might be anti-climactic?
[Sherlock writer] Mark Gatiss actually said that himself. There’s something slightly mundane in knowing the truth of a thing. It’s like asking [illusionist] Derren Brown to explain one of the amazing things he does. When he tells you, you’re likely to go, “Oh, right, erm…” I still think it’s going to be satisfying, though. Loads of people have fucking gone to town on how they think it happened and some have been quite close. We have some fun with that in the show.
Does the reveal come early on?
I’m going to try to tell the truth here. Oh Christ, I can’t remember which episode it is. We just finished [filming] the third one a couple of weeks ago and… I think it’s revealed relatively early.
You and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch – coincidentally the voice of Smaug, the titular dragon in the upcoming Hobbit film – have both said you’d like to do a fourth series of Sherlock, but so far the BBC have kept mum. Have there been any formal discussions?
I think we can safely assume that before the century is over there will be more Sherlock.
Both The Hobbit and Sherlock breed cult-grade, Kool-Aid slurping devotion. Are there any obvious differences between each group of fans?
In this country, anyway, Sherlock is watched by millions and millions of people: your uncle, my cousin, that teacher, that fucking librarian, that plumber. Normal folks. But the ones who really make themselves known are almost all women between 16 and 21. It’s a very clear demographic. As for Hobbit fans, there are clearly shitloads of them given how well the film did, but they’ve been a bit more reticent, actually. They’re very polite.
Another, less apparent difference is each group’s approach to x-rated fan art. In fact, there’s an entire online community of Sherlock fans dedicated to drawing pictures of Watson and Sherlock, you and Cumberbatch, in various states of… entanglement. Does any of that stuff bother you?
I’ve always seen it as a point of principle not to be offended if people imply you’re gay – so no, I’ve never given a shit. If I was [offended], I’d kind of think, well what does that make me? I wouldn’t want a 15-year-old kid thinking I’m ashamed of it. I’m not. If anything, it’s kind of funny to see pictures of me and Ben doing whatever we’re doing to each other – even if they’re far from the truth. The only time I’m sort of bothered is when people get proprietary about it or think there should be a certain kind of reaction, like it needs to be in the National Gallery.
Do you have any favourite pieces?
Ian McKellen [Gandalf in The Hobbit] was emailing me pictures like, “Have you seen this dear?” and I’m thinking, yeah, I’ve seen stuff much more fucking extreme than that. Some of it’s very well drawn – put it that way – like genuinely good graphic-novel art. But some of it’s a bit, you know, not to my taste.
There’s also a sinister side to that level of fandom. Your longtime partner Amanda Abbington plays Watson’s love interest, Mary Morstan, in the upcoming series of Sherlock – which, of course, doesn’t bode well for the perceived romance between Watson and Sherlock. Some fans were so distraught they tweeted her death threats.
It’s ridiculous. To me, they’re not fans of the show – they’re fans of a show going on their heads. Obviously I love Amanda and I want everyone to react positively to her; she plays a fantastic character and brings a hell of a lot to the third series. If people want to imagine John and Sherlock fucking they’re more than welcome to, but it will have no bearing on what we do in the show.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens on Fri Dec 13.
Ian McKellen has obviously been Googling. :)
With airdates for Sherlock S3 now arriving, we’re repeating our previous post that we created in 2011 to round up worldwide broadcasts for the new series. We’ll be updating this post as new dates and times are revealed, but that’s where YOU come in.
So, here’s how this post works –
1) If your country is not listed here, the airdate for Sherlock S3 hasn’t been revealed yet.
2) If you know your countries’ airdate for Sherlock S3, and it isn’t listed here – tell us! And we’ll get it added and reblog the post.
3) The list below lists the airdates in the order they are broadcast, not by countries in alphabetical order.
So, without further ado…
WORLD PREMIERE SCREENINGS:
December 15 2013 - S3E1: The Empty Hearse – BFI NFT1, Southbank, London. (Sold Out)
January 5 2014 - S3E2: The Sign of Three - Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff (Tickets on sale December 5 at 10:00GMT)
January 8 2014 - S3E3: His last Vow - Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, London. (Sold Out to members, Public tickets on sale December 13 at 13:00GMT)
UK – BBC One:
January 1 2014 (21:00GMT) – S3E1: The Empty Hearse
January 5 2014 (Time TBC) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
January 12 2014 (Time TBC) – S3E3: His Last Vow
India - AXN India:
January 3 2014 (10pm IST) – S3E1: The Empty Hearse
January 10 2014 (10pm IST) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
January 17 2014 (10pm IST) – S3E3: His Last Vow
Belgium - Canvas:
January 4 2014 (Time TBC) – S3E1: The Empty Hearse
January 11 2014 (Time TBC) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
January 18 2014 (Time TBC) – S3E3: His Last Vow
Denmark – DR3:
January 5 2014 (21:00 CET) – S3E1: The Empty Hearse
January 12 2014 (21:00 CET) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
January 19 2014 (21:00 CET) – S3E3: His Last Vow
Poland – BBC Entertainment:
January 12 2014 (22:00 CET) – S3E1: The Empty Hearse
January 19 2014 (22:00 CET) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
January 26 2014 (22:00 CET) – S3E3: His Last Vow
Taiwan - AXN Taiwan:
January 14 2014 (21:00 CST) – S3E1: The Empty Hearse
January 21 2014 (21:00 CST) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
January 28 2014 (21:00 CST) – S3E3: His Last Vow
USA – PBS Masterpiece:
January 19 2014 (10pm ET) - S3E1: The Empty Hearse
January 26 2014 (10pm ET) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
February 2 2014 (10pm ET) – S3E3: His Last Vow
South Africa - BBC Entertainment:
January 24 2014 (20:00 SAST) - S3E1: The Empty Hearse
January 31 2014 (20:00 SAST) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
February 6 2014 (20:00 SAST) – S3E3: His Last Vow
Sweden - SVT:
February 1 2014 (Time TBC) - S3E1: The Empty Hearse
February 8 2014 (Time TBC) – S3E2: The Sign of Three
February 15 2014 (Time TBC) – S3E3: His Last Vow
Austria - ORF 1
Probably not until the last syllable of recorded time. :( (Stupid dubbing…)
No, no, with all sincerity and due respect, in my opinion you did not “fix it.” All love and power toward the *intention,* which I imagine was to convey that Holmes and Watson were meant to be together (which is completely true), but Mary Morstan’s existence does not diminish in any way the real, canonical regard Sherlock Holmes and John Watson felt for each other. They would each take a bullet for the other, they were lifelong partners, and John Watson married Mary Morstan, who was a complete and total badass. Other reasons this is not “fixed” include:
—You’re literally erasing a woman of great intelligence and gentility, one whom BOTH Holmes and Watson respected and admired.
—You have not even see the episode yet (I am making an assumption there, but it’s a good one, and…).
—If you’ve read The Sign of Four, and maybe you have, Holmes says of Mary, “I think she is one of the most charming young ladies I ever met and might have been most useful in such work as we have been doing. She had a decided genius that way; witness the way in which she preserved that Agra plan from all the other papers of her father.” That’s the character you’re erasing.
—There is nothing wrong with shipping Johnlock. There is something decidedly unfortunate in needing to delete a strong female character in order to do it, however, and one taken straight from the original books.
—It honestly lessens the regard Holmes and Watson had for each other to assume that Mary might ruin anything whatsoever. What other wife would say “sure thing” every time John Watson abandons ship and takes off with Holmes for days at a time? Did Kelly Reilly ruin the WB films? No, she did not, and I am tired of this nonsense.
Rant over, thank you.