Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch turned out to see him live in the flesh during a recent Meet the Filmmakers event in the Apple store on London’s Regent street. Creator of the hit BBC show Sherlock Steven Moffat revealed facts about the show, including the bombshell that fans may have to wait years to discover what is going on with Moriarty. Moffat and stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington also appeared.
Fans were treated to news of a deleted scene from the third series of Sherlock that would have upped the bromance tension between lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Watson). During the hilarious stag night sequence, there was originally a scene of the pair at a gay club. Cumberbatch stated that his character has no idea where they were until a group of half-naked men wander past. Moffat defended the cut saying that the original stag scene was too long.
Freeman also informed fans that Benedict Cumberbatch had a lot of trouble getting the epic Best Man speech right. He stated that he and other crew members played charades and other games while Cumberbatch fretted on set. He quipped that the actor was having a nervous breakdown during the scene while everyone else relaxed. The Meet the Filmmakers Apple event was packed with fans, with many more disappointed that they could not get in. Those that were inside endured teasing by Moffat that they may have to wait “years” before the show revealed what is happening in the Moriarty saga. The final episode of the third season ends with a static image of Moriarty broadcast throughout London and the words “miss me?” Moffat quipped that Moriarty had shot himself through the head and was not coming back, but the series seems to suggest otherwise. He has revealed in an interview with Collider.com that his plans for Moriarty are “the longest plan” that they have had.
Cumberbatch’s stellar stardom took off almost overnight. While shooting the first series, he and Freeman could wander around the streets of London coat and all. However, Moffat has stated that if he was to do that now, it would cause riots in the streets. The hit actor was recently named the top desirable man for a Valentines date in a survey. He beat out the likes of David Beckham, Jonny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The cult of his followers, also known as Cumberbabes, Cumbercookie, or Ben-addicted, is widespread. There are multiple tumblrs and websites dedicated to following his every more. Fans refer to falling under the spell cast by the actor on Sherlock as getting “Cumberbatched.” Rather than seeing this as creepy or indeed retiring from the spotlight, Cumberbatch is kind and generous. Many of his fans have met him in person, and found him to be gracious during every encounter. His loyal fan base has often formed the basis for friendships that went beyond the communal love of the actor and they have even done some good, raising money for charities. Fans raised £25,000 for The Teenage Cancer Trust and Myeloma UK on the actor’s birthday.
Fans came from as far away as Russia and Japan to get a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch during the recent Meet the Filmmakers event. Many of them queued outside in the cold from 7 am. Steven Moffat has advised that they will not be disappointed by what he has planned for Sherlock.
By Sara Watson