Martin Freeman says his comments about ‘Sherlock’ being “not fun” were taken “out of context”

Dr Watson actor clarifies previous remarks

Martin Freeman has clarified recent controversial comments he made about how fan expectations of Sherlock were taking the fun away from the show.

In March, the Dr Watson actor said: “People’s expectations, some of it is not fun any more. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of, ‘You better fucking do this, otherwise you’re a c**t’. That’s not fun anymore.”

Co-star Benedict Cumberbatch later responded to Freeman’s comments, saying: “It’s pretty pathetic if that’s all it takes to let you not want to take grip of your reality. What, because of expectations? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily agree with that”.

Now, Freeman has told The Daily Beast that his original remarks were taken “out of context” and that he stills “loves” the show and is “well aware of its importance in my life, both professionally and personally”.

On his original point about fan expectations, Freeman said: “It’s the new normal if you’re lucky, because if you’re in something that has a lot of fans, that’s better than being in something that has no fans.”

He added: “My point with Sherlock was that those expectations can be heavy. There’s a certain aspect that some fans are going to run with the ball and make their own thing out of your show – which is completely fair enough, as long as we all acknowledge that that is what is happening. I think when you get into a slightly tail-wagging-the-dog scenario, that gets boring, for me.”

‘Sherlock’ stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

“So when people insist that Sherlock is supposed to be this show, when we decide what show it is, it’s like, ‘No, this is actually the show we’re making, and that we’ve always made. I know you want to see this happen, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to have to happen.’ I want all kinds of things, but they’re not going to happen in life. So that’s what gets, frankly, wearing.”

“But the show itself, I’m well aware of its importance in my life, both professionally and personally, because I love the show. I’m a fan of the show. Unfortunately, that’s the joy of being quoted out of context, and joy of newspapers needing a headline, even though the headline is not something I ever said at any point in the interview.”

The show’s fourth series concluded in January 2017 and a potential fifth series has long been rumoured.

However, last summer, Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss hinted that the show may never return to the small screen as “it’s a nightmare to schedule.”