Benedict Cumberbatch Not Exactly Thrilled that Jonny Lee Miller is Ripping Off His Sherlock
"I love the work that Benedict has done with "Sherlock." I would call him up like a groupie after every episode had come out. I've been able to reassure him about how different this script was ... [Cumberbatch] was excited for me and he was very encouraging and we discussed it."
Well, turns out, that's not exactly the case, at least according to Cumberbatch, in an interview with Shortlist.com.
"I got hold of the pilot script just to check it out. I don't know, we'll see," Cumberbatch says in the interview. "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."
He continues: "It's very odd. I did say [to Miller], '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.' I think Jonny was like, 'Mate, I've got the f--king mountain to climb here, 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."
I suppose the good news is, Miller will never, ever match Cumberbatch's performance in "Sherlock" and he'll spend the entire series fending off comparisons. The bad news, of course, is that Miller's version will likely be more accessible to network television audiences, run for seven years, and make Miller more money than BBC ever thought to pay Cumberbatch.
Here's a preview of CBS's "Elementary," if you're morbidly curious.