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Sherlock: Cumberbatch on Surviving The Fall

Benedict Cumberbatch has explained how surprised he was with the massive reaction to Sherlock’s escape from apparent death in the second series finale.

Speaking to Vulture, he said. “The level of obsession with it was nuts. When I read that in the script I got the biggest kick of my life. I remember ringing Martin and going, “Oh my f**king God. Have you read this?””

He joked about some of the many theories: “All the homeless people in London caught me [laughs]. They formed a human mattress and it was lovely. It was like getting the bumps on your birthday, I didn’t feel a thing. Seriously though, I did that jump. I was on a wire and went off the edge of the building. I was jumping off about three metres into a bunch of cardboard boxes with only a railing separating me from the real drop. We did it about two or three times in the rain with people filming opposite, and it was f**king amazing. I’ve skydived three times and it was nearly as thrilling. I even did a sky dive while I was in New Zealand, which I shouldn’t be telling anyone, but there you go.”

On the status of Series 3 he said: “We’ve had a couple of meetings but I don’t think we’re filming until January. I need to have some more talks with [creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss] and tease them about the fact that I do have a career outside of Sherlock now, so they’d better f**king write something.”

Cumberbatch was also asked about the US Holmes series, Elementary, although he was quite as “diplomatic” as he was the last time he spoke.

Jonny [Lee Miller] asked me if I was all right with him doing it. I said, “What are the similarities?” And he went, “Well it’s modern…” I went, “Oh.” Then he said, “Lucy Liu’s going to play Joan Watson…” And I went, “Oh.” I got hold of the pilot script just to check it out. I don’t know, we’ll see. I think there’s room for us both to coexist. I don’t feel threatened by it and I wish him the best, which is as diplomatic as I can be.”

But he added: “It’s very odd. I did say, “Well, I’d prefer you didn’t do it but you’ve got a kid to feed, a nice house in LA and a wife to keep in good clothes.” When you get used to a certain standard of living and they waft a pay cheque at you, what are you going to do? I think Jonny was like, “Mate, I’ve got the f**king mountain to climb here [to reach the acclaim of Sherlock], you’ve got nothing to fear.” I wish him the best of luck, but I’m a bit cynical about why they’ve chosen to do it and why they cast him.”.

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  • Stormegeddon, Dark Lord of All

    He certainly likes the F word…lol

  • The Beholder


    Cumberbatch!! O_o What has happened to you since series 2?? You’re smoking and now you’re swearing!! XD

    But yeah, in all fairness, its good to hear they’ve got something figured out. With all the hype for Doctor Who, I wouldn’t have thought Moffat and Gattis would have time to write something, but it appears they have! :D

    • TARDISkey123

      Haha, the picture really sums up how he’s coming accross to everyone XD

  • Theta_Sigma

    oooooh a skydive in NZ this either means the Hobbit has gone Xtreme or its in the next star trek movie!!!!

  • doctoract


  • Whitney Howard

    Hmmm Sherlock, where have you picked up the language????
    Haha, glad they’re starting filming in January, I can’t wait for series 3! Just make sure you don’t actually curse like that in the show!

  • Bob James

    The answer to his question of “why” a US network is pimping their own (that’s a funny way to put it) version of a modern Sherlock is simple. Network television in the USA is quite simply, with few exceptions, entirely bereft of creativity, originality, and integrity. The US networks are whores, and this is their latest attempt to bend over, kneel down, and accomodate.

  • The Gene Genie

    I don’t know if I’d really like him. I hate talking to someone when they stick the F word into every situation.

  • Kathryn Grimshaw Wildish

    I reckon the swearing makes him more human and less “OMFG It’s Benedict Cumberbatch!” Though that’s just me *shrugs*

  • The_Silent_Shadow

    I wish they’d shut up about Elementary! Even in posts where it has nothing to do with it they put it in! Everyone has gt to stop bugging them about it! Benedict is FINE with it, so people should shut up about it! He’s now being asked about it in every interview!

  • TARDISkey123

    I was shocked at his f***s… you know when you see somebody on TV or in interviews you’re like “he seems cool” and then you hear something like they sware of smoke, it does shock you. But oh well. It’s nothing to care about, he’s [dispite Sherlock] human :) Can’t wait for series 3, I hope it’s a big payoff and I’m curious how they’re going to end the series as so far, every series has had a killer cliffhanger for an ending!

  • Bad Wolf Jen

    I’ve said all along that Elementry would suck conpared to Sherlock and I was right. When you conpar the two there is no conparson. That being said if you can stop yourself from conparing the two well Elementry isn’t all that bad. It just dosn’t have the same level of greatness that sherlock has.


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