Martin Freeman On Sherlock Season Four: 'It's Very Hard to Get Together'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.20.2014
Actor cites scheduling as an issue...
The more well-known that Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch get, the harder it is for them to find the time to do their little BBC show together. Freeman spoke with Digital Spy while promoting his new F/X series Fargo and when asked about a fourth series of the BBC phenomenon Sherlock, he noted that they're coming up against scheduling issues.
"It's very hard to get together," Freeman said. "But it's one of those things where you have to at some point just go, 'We're going to do it now' - otherwise we could be having this conversation in three years...There comes a point where you've got to piss or get off the pot
Freeman and Cumberbatch have become well-known stars since the Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffat-created show began in 2010. Freeman's profile has raised through his titular role in the Hobbit films, along with projects like Fargo and last year's The World's End. Meanwhile, Cumberbatch has become something of an genre fan favorite and a fast-rising star, with roles in several high-profile films that range from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and 12 Years a Slave to Star Trek Into Darkness and double-voice duty as Smaug and the Necromancer in the Hobbit films.
Freeman did reiterate what he and Cumberbatch have said for years about their willingness to come back for the series as long as people wanted to see it. He said he was unlikely to do long-form American TV but the BBC's shorter schedule made more sense, noting, "I can't countenance doing something for eight months of the year every year – but three months of the year every couple of years is much more attractive. I wouldn't and couldn't put an end point on it – I'm just more open to it."