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Published On: Mon, Jan 19th, 2015

‘Sherlock’ filming update: Martin Freeman ‘not the fan mania,’ keeping the show fresh

Sherlock is headed back into production for a standalone Christmas special before a fourth season in 2016. Martin Freeman spoke about the show, how he and Benedict Cumberbatch can keep coming back to make the show so fresh.

Martin Freeman on returning to production of a new "Sherlock"

Martin Freeman on returning to production of a new “Sherlock”

“It’s not eight months of our year, and it’s not every year. It’s so intermittent”, Freeman told The Independent in a Jan. 18 interview. “That’s what for me makes it do-able. I don’t know about Ben but certainly for me it would soon lose a lot of its appeal if we were schlepping that around for eight months of the year, every year. A bit of the sheen would have gone off it.”

After only three days of shooting, the fan frenzy is making headlines. In fact, Freeman explains how that makes for a difficult shoot.

“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…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…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.”

Of course, the creators, crew and stars are so grateful for the fan attention.

“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.”

Freeman has been working on war dramas The Eichmann Show and The Taliban Shuffle, though, regrettably for many fans, he won’t be returning for the next season of Fargo.

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