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Benedict Cumberbatch Reacts to 'Sherlock' Co-Star Martin Freeman's 'Pathetic' Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch Reacts to 'Sherlock' Co-Star Martin Freeman's 'Pathetic' Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch is firing back at comments made by his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman.

Martin, who plays John Watson on the show, spoke about how starring in Sherlock wasn’t as fun for him because of the fan reaction to the show.

“Being in that show, it is a mini Beatles thing. People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f—— do this, otherwise you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore,” Martin told The Telegraph in a previous interview.

Benedict, who stars as Sherlock on the BBC show, responded in a recent interview.

“It’s pretty pathetic if that’s all it takes to let you not want to take a grip of your reality,” Benedict said. “What, because of expectations? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily agree with that.”

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  • lorelai

    Not surprised to hear that.
    There also have been rumors for years that Martin is apparently quite arrogant, unlikeable and rude behind closed doors.

  • lorelai

    Not surprised to hear that.
    There also have been rumors for years that Martin is apparently quite arrogant, unlikeable and rude behind closed doors.

  • Utope

    Martin Freeman is in a privileged situation being a known and well-paid actor. How many actors are struggling to get good paying jobs and would love to take Freeman’s place on Sherlock Holmes? Maybe that’s what they should do replace Watson. I think as long as Benedict is down with doing another season, that’s the most important thing.

  • Utope

    Martin Freeman is in a privileged situation being a known and well-paid actor. How many actors are struggling to get good paying jobs and would love to take Freeman’s place on Sherlock Holmes? Maybe that’s what they should do replace Watson. I think as long as Benedict is down with doing another season, that’s the most important thing.

  • who

    This must be the how blind gossip was talking abouy. That would get renewed but due to one of the stars of the show not really getting along with some of the cast it will just be cancelled instead

  • Casey C

    Martin has always been a douchebag. it’s long been known in the UK. he’s an opinionated asshole that hides behind saying that he’s just ‘blunt’ or real. on the one hand, yeah he kinda has a point – i too hate how fan service is seen as a must by some fans and that if you don’t follow the script that THEY have decided on then its over, BUT there are better ways to put it PLUS without the fans, you douchebag, you wouldn’t have a career so…

  • cafeast

    Aaaahhh the life of an actor… where everything is supposed to be ‘fun’… otherwise, they no likey.
    Hot mess and looks ugly. He is lucky he can find any work with that vominous face.

  • KS_in_TP

    Oh yay, boy drama! Well, this is not surpirsing. Martin Freeman is an asshole and always has been. For a long time — during the success of Sherlock specifically — he managed to keep it mostly well-hidden but you could always see it simmering below the surface. I also think Benedict tried for years to have a friendshop with Martin and was repeatedly rebuffed because frankly Benedict was a bit of a nervous clinger during those years. But he didn’t deserve to be treated coldly by a colleague he deeply respected. I don’t think Martin Freeman is a nice person, nor a happy person. No coincidence that his relationship with the mother of his children fell apart once they started working together on Sherlock. I think she got too much of Martin every day. It’s one thing to be with an asshole at home, it’s anorher thing to be with an asshole at home AND at work. Benedict is all grown up now, with a stable homelife and a good career, and not the needy attention-grabber he used to be. I’m glad he’s now got the confidence to push back against Martin’s bullshit.

  • KS_in_TP

    YES, and I don’t think it’s only behind closed doors. He’s barely been able to contain his hatred for Sherlock and everything surrounding it, inclcuding (especially) the fans. He think he’s prideful and arrogant and has felt he is above the absudity that often surrounds that show, the sort of cult fandom that defines Sherlock. But not all the fans are that way. Most of the fans are entirely sane, but Martin obsessively focused on the seedier aspects of the fandom.

  • KS_in_TP

    The solution is to end the show — for good. The last 2 seasons were an emabrassing mess. I didn’t even bother to watch the Christmas special.

  • KS_in_TP

    The show is shit. It can’t all be blamed on Martin Freeman.

  • DEADP00L

    Martin is notoriously known as being creatively obstructive because of this attitude. I doubt Cumberbatch enjoyed MO-Capping as a dragon, as much as he would have enjoyed playing an elf or wizard but you’d never hear a word of protest from him. Martin would be having fits by the next week.

    I care very little for ungrateful actors. Marvel wasn’t his break, it was Sherlock and if he ever lost Marvel he’d suddenly be wanting Sherlock back.

  • DEADP00L

    Martin is notoriously known as being creatively obstructive because of this attitude. I doubt Cumberbatch enjoyed MO-Capping as a dragon, as much as he would have enjoyed playing an elf or wizard but you’d never hear a word of protest from him. Martin would be having fits by the next week.

    I care very little for ungrateful actors. Marvel wasn’t his break, it was Sherlock and if he ever lost Marvel he’d suddenly be wanting Sherlock back.

  • GroundControl500

    What a bunch of drama queens. 😂 It’s not that bad what he said. I thought with all the brouhaha it was going to be something terrible.

    There probably are some fans who make it obnoxious. Just like those goofy Holmes fans on the show.

  • soyeahsowhat

    is this the reason it never came back on for S4? trouble between co-stars? and i think this is the guy who split with his on/off-show wife, right? sounds like he has some issues

  • soyeahsowhat

    is this the reason it never came back on for S4? trouble between co-stars? and i think this is the guy who split with his on/off-show wife, right? sounds like he has some issues

  • chloe

    Dammmmn, shots fired.

  • chloe

    Dammmmn, shots fired.

  • pisceanpassion

    Wow, a man can’t have an opinion anymore. Success doesn’t stop humans from having preferences and finding things annoying. Newsflash: a lot of actors feel this way. Freeman is just one of the few who has the integrity to freely admit it. It hasn’t prevented him from doing his job, so I don’t understand the uproar.