Martin Freeman Interview

Aus dem BBC Pressepaket zum Special. Vorerst im Original, in Kürze auf Deutsch.

Interview with Martin Freeman playing Doctor John Watson

How does the Victorian setting affect the dynamic of the show?
It changes the dynamic of filming because everything does take longer, it takes longer to get dressed, you’re longer in make-up, you’re longer in wardrobe and camera resets take longer just because there’s more stuff about. The clothes that we’re wearing and the stuff we are dealing with as far as make-up and hair is concerned, are not everyday things that people have to deal with.
But as far as the dynamic is concerned, everything is slightly more formal. The way that we’re doing it is with a touch more formality, but you don’t want to completely change those characters that people have come to know and love. I’m still recognisably John and Ben’s still recognisably Sherlock.

How will fans react to the Victorian setting?
I don’t really know how the fans are going to react to it. I think that’s one of the joys of doing it like this. You know, we can’t disguise the fact that we’re filming it and often filming it in cities or public places where people are going to take snapshots of us dressed in Victorian kit. We haven’t disappointed fans in the past it seems so hopefully this won’t. I hope they enjoy it.

How will fans react to the Victorian setting?
I have no idea how fans will react to it, I hope they like it. That’s all I can say, I hope they like it. That’s all I think about everything I’ve ever done.

What is it about British drama that resonates with audiences all over the world?
Britain as a country has always been quite good at this stuff, you know, from Shakespeare onwards, we’ve been quite good at drama and quite good at comedy. For a little country, we’ve always done that well. I don’t really know why America finds us so interesting at the moment, because I think we’ve always done good telly.

Which Sherlock character are you most like in real life?
I don’t know that I’m like many of the Sherlock characters in real life because I wouldn’t really want to do the two things that John Watson does for a living, which is doctoring and soldiering. I’m very interested in both of those, but I’d rather not be sewing people up on a battlefield, hence becoming an actor. I’m not as clever as Sherlock. I might be Lestrade, or Mrs. Hudson, because I like making people tea. I’m quite caring, I like looking after people.

© Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE

© Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE