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Cumberbatch on Elementary: “I wish them luck”

Benedict Cumberbatch believes that the American “re-imagining” of Sherlock won’t damage the BBC version.

Cumberbatch told TVLine: “I wish them luck, I really do,” the actor insists. “I think it will be great. It will be a different spin on it, because obviously, theirs is modern-day as well, so it needs to be different from ours, and I think the more differences, the better, to be honest.

“I don’t see why they shouldn’t co-exist with us,” he adds, “I don’t think they’ll steal our audience. I think people who are Holmes fans who think they do a good job of it will have a treat in watching ours and the films. So I wish them good luck!”

Cumberbatch also gave his opinion on the controversial gender switch of Watson.

“If I were the [producer], I’d be frightened of the dynamic of male friendship that you’d lose because that is obviously the bedrock of the books as well.

“[Now] there might be sexual tension between Joan [Watson] and Sherlock, which is [a different dynamic than you'd have] between the two men. So, that’s a new thing to explore.”

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  • http://twitter.com/flynn4red Max Jelbart

    Good on him. I think we should give them a chance…

  • http://twitter.com/MisterPlumbob MrPlumbob

    I would rather peel my own skin off than watch this trash.

    • Opa

      Amen. Obviously the only reason they changed Watson’s gender (did I really just say that?)  is to make her a potential love interest for Holmes. And I really don’t think that’s necessary. Can we not just have them as friends like they’ve always been? I’m all for change in a show, but I don’t know, this just seems like a forced one simply to aid a tired plot-point.

      • http://twitter.com/MisterPlumbob MrPlumbob

        Yes, I must agree with what you’re saying – forced is definitely the word that pops into the forefront of my mind. This is the best example of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” I’ve seen in a while. 

  • Timhogan

    I was going to give this a chance until Lucy Liu is playing Watson.  I just can’t bring myself as a Holmes fan to sit down and watch them do a female spin on it, it’s too much of a stretch.

  • Wise Ood

    I shall forever scream when I see this shows name.

  • http://dragonising-superwholock.tumblr.com/ EternityDragon

    Good man Benedict, giving it a chance unlike half the internet :| You can’t judge it if you haven’t watched it, you haven’t watched it because it hasn’t aired…

  • http://www.youtube.com/MrLazarus01 David Selby

    Now thinking about it, I’m please about the differences.
    I mean, just look at the US’s version of “Life on Mars”, we don’t want another disaster like that again!This needs to be as different as possible!

  • Katherine Ledson

    This show is gonna be AWFUl! The only way I would watch this would to make fun of it!

  • TARDISGAL

    He’s being very professional and polite.   And the lead actor is his friend.  So, I understand.  But my reaction to this drivel was NO NO NO. I don’t mind shows BASED on Sherlock Holmes, like “House” for instance.  But to blatantly try to capitalize on the success of the modernized “Sherlock” on the BBC just for profit (not for real love of the stories) and then to gender-switch Watson (and to cast a poor actress as female Watson) just so you can inject sex into the story??  Are American audiences really that gullible? I’m American, and I sincerely hope not.  My loyalty lies with the original reboot or update “Sherlock” on BBC.  Done by diehard canon fans and for all the right reasons.  *mwah* (kisses) to Moffat and Gatiss.

  • Castrovalva

    I watched the pilot. Oh dear. Not good. The actors are ok, the script was daft, and lacked, well lacked a lot really.

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