Martin Freeman doesn’t enjoy the adulation of Sherlock fans. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies star, who plays the role of Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama, says filming is often disrupted by hoards of fans – the majority of whom are female – getting giddy with excitement.
He explained: ”When we’re [filming at] our stand-in for Baker Street, it is hard to do your job. And I don’t love it. I don’t love it.” Asked whether fans shout at co-star Benedict Cumberbatch and himself, Martin said: ”No, they’re not. But you know… phew, it’s like trying to act at a premiere. It really is. I’ve never… I wasn’t in The Beatles. But I’ve never seen anything like it. There’s such a heightened sense of excitement, so every time we come out there’s applauding – and it’s like, ‘No, can you n-‘ Or, if we do anything – ‘Cut!’ – applause… It’s like, ‘No, this isn’t a gig…”’
However, Martin stressed how much he appreciates the support of the fans. He told the Independent on Sunday newspaper: ”Of course you want to be gracious with it. And I obviously very much appreciate, as do we all, the fact that people love it. But also, yeah, it doesn’t make you doing your job any easier.”