The obviously sexy actor covers this week’s issue Entertainment Weekly and my favorite quotes is from Sherlock producer Sue Vertue who said, “When we first cast him, people were saying, ‘You promised us a sexy one!’ ” While I’m sure people have changed their minds now, it’s still crazy.
I mean, did they never see him in Fortysomething? But wanna know what’s even crazier?
Benedict almost didn’t take the role. The told he magazine:
“My reservation was ‘Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it.’ This was before I had had any significant success [but] I knew there would still be a lot of focus on it. And while I had done work, it wasn’t stepping into the populist limelight like playing a character like Holmes. So I did have a pause for thought. I thought, If I’m going to do this, if I’m going to step into the limelight with a large leading role of iconic status, then I might as well do it these people. They know what they’re doing and I completely trust them. I felt like I was being asked to join the family and have some fun. There was nothing businessy about it. And that’s how to operate it.”
So let’s be thankful for two things: 1) That the producers thought he was hot (that’s for doing something right, Moffat) and 2) That Benedict didn’t chicken out and actually took the job.
America! Are you ready for Sherlock to premiere on PBS on Sunday? Are you ready?!?! As my friend said, Sherlock is a show that occasionally comes out of hiatus, so we had better appreciate what we get.
What do you think of the casting news we got from EW? And will you be sitting in front of your TV watching Sherlock on Sunday? Or maybe even watching it again? Sound off in the comments! And pick up this week’s copy of Entertainment Weekly for the full interview.