Martin Freeman on the war between John Watson and Bilbo Baggins!
It has become the UK’s most-watched drama series since 2001, yet ‘Sherlock’ star Martin Freeman feels makers of the show need to be mindful of its best-by date. The detective series, in which Freeman plays Dr. Watson, was renewed for a fourth season on July 2.
When asked whether he thinks the Brit TV series might benefit from a shorter run, Martin responds, “I do! Based on my own previous [experience], really — there were only two seasons and a Christmas special of ‘The Office’ and people still eulogise that; people still talk about that.” Referring to The Beatles as a benchmark, Martin adds, “I always think if The Beatles were still around now, people would’ve lost interest quite a long time ago. Seven years of recording — it’s there forever. I think not outstaying your welcome is a vital ingredient.”
Not dissing the role that has him firmly entrenched in public memory, Martin is quick to add that of all his well-received performances, people seem to identify him most with the character of John Watson. Even though he featured prominently in ‘The Office’ and has since headlined ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy as Bilbo Baggins, Freeman says John Watson has the most street cred. In conversation with Graham Norton, Martin confirms: “On the street, I would say Watson nudges it. Bilbo gets a lot. For years, of course, it was Tim [from ‘The Office’] and that was my primary street-shouting thing. But probably now, it’s an amalgamation of all of them, but the front-front is Dr. Watson.” Well, considering Watson and company pull in more than 7 million viewers per show on a single night in the UK alone, we have just one thing to say: No sh*t, Sherlock!
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