Martin Freeman Says Fan Pressure has Removed the Fun from Working on Sherlock

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We may have seen Martin Freeman in Black Panther lately, but let’s not forget that his huge boost in popularity is thanks to a little BBC show called Sherlock. For now, the future of the show seems uncertain, and Freeman himself has opened up that pressure from the fanbase has removed the fun from working on the show.

Talking to The Telegraph, Freeman says:

“To be absolutely honest, it [was] kind of impossible. Sherlock became the animal that it became immediately. Whereas even with [the U.K. version of] The Office, it was a slow burn. But Sherlock was frankly notably high quality from the outset. And when you start [that high] it’s pretty hard to maintain that. 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—ing do this, otherwise, you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore.”

The latest season of Sherlock actually saw a decline in ratings, but it’s still undoubtedly that the show has a huge following. With the two main stars of the show now more busy than ever, it looks like we’ve finally seen the end to the modern re-imagining of the famous fictional detective.

For now, we can expect Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to return as Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War. What are the odds that we get to see him appear alongside Martin Freeman’s Agent Ross?


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