After playing Dr. John Watson in four seasons of BBC’s “Sherlock”, Martin Freeman says it’s simply “not fun anymore,” thanks to fans.
The show’s rabid following made stars out of his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch and the series, but Freeman says pressure from the fanbase has also made ‘Sherlock’ suffer.
“Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing. People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore,” the “Black Panther” actor says. “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.”
Season 4 received lukewarm reviews compared to previous seasons and seemed to struggle against unrealistic fan expectations.
“I think after series 4 [it] felt like a pause,” he tells The Telegraph, adding that there are no current discussions for a fifth season. “I think we felt we’d done it for a bit now. And part of it, speaking for myself is [due to] the reception of it.”
“‘Sherlock‘ became the animal that it became immediately,” he says of the overnight success of the first season. “‘Sherlock’ was frankly notably high quality from the outset. And when you start, it’s pretty hard to maintain that.”