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11 September 2011 @ 11:17 pm
Benedict Cumberbatch on Jonathan Ross  
You can start watching the interview HERE.

The interview talks about a myriad of things Cumberbatch is involved in or has been involved in, including "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", "Sherlock", and "Frankenstein."


Like so many interviewers before him, Ross can't resist asking about Cumberbatch's name. At this point I think we've all appreciated ad nauseum that he has a unique name. Yes, yes, very unusual.

Also during Cumberbatch's story about his gap year, I realized his natural coloring and general acting style makes him the perfect actor to portray Jacob de Zoet if David Mitchell's novel ever gets made into a film. However, I also realized that if and when that actually happens, Cumberbatch will probably be too old. He's already a bit too old now, though I'm still thoroughly convinced he'd made a great de Zoet. Anyway, random thought is random.
 
 
 
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Sherlock_Heart+Mindguardian_chaos on September 12th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
"And then I went straight to the gym after I saw the bare-knuckled fight scene!"

Hee! So that's why he's so slim! And also, I'm quite interested to see how the show handles Irene Adler... Furthermore, I'd like to see John's reaction to her, as John watches Sherlock react to her. I think that'll be very entertaining.

I must say, Cumberbatch is so charmingly proper in interviews. :3 And he taught English to Tibetan kids! In a monastery by the Himalayas! Aw, that's precious.
formerly lifeinsomniac: WatsonCocktailjoonscribble on September 12th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
I am both intrigued and absolutely FEAR how Irene Adler is going to be handled in the show. Her episode is being written by Moffat himself which is the main reason why I'm so ridiculously concerned. Female characters and Mr. Moffat do not mix. At least not for me.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Avatar_FAIL!guardian_chaos on September 12th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
OH NOOOOOOOOO. Take this horrible fact back! Change reality, 'Scrib, and make Moffat's writing her un-happen!

I am having terrible flashbacks to River and Amy. I just...I just...noooo. *yanks at hair*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 12th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
I KNOW.

I mean...I know. It's just...words fail me at the moment.

On a completely other, unrelated note: I'm listening to the audiobook of Good Omens that was done in 2006. And it's utterly BRILLIANT.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_C+D_Gleeguardian_chaos on September 12th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
WE BOTH KNOW. Oh dear... *scrambles for the words that are flying away*

GO audiobook, you say? Oh, I am immediately interested! I'm nearing the end of Number9Dream (goodness, I take so much longer to read than you take to write, and that is just sad!) and my heart is breaking a bit at the knowledge that this story could be over for me in a week or so. I want it to keep gooooiiiiinggg... waaaaahhhhhhh. ;_; Good Omens was the same way for me. Who's doing the reading?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 12th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
It's Stephen Briggs. His voice quality is really perfect for the book. Very light-hearted and fun.

Although I was surprised and/or horrified to realize I'd been pronouncing Crowley's name wrong in my head all these years. It's Crow-ley, like the bird and then -ley. I'd always thought of it is Crow as in crowd.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: MST3K_SoEvil!guardian_chaos on September 12th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Y'know, I don't think I've ever listened to an audiobook before! I tend to reserve my daily stories for onscreen text or printed paper, not so much listening. With no actual experience with audiobooks, I think I just worry that all the descriptive nuances can't be included in their entirety due to length. I guess I should give them a shot someday, though!

"-ley" as in "Ashley" or as in "ley lines"?

CROOOOOWWWW-LEY--he's different! *MST3K theme flashbacks* Hee!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 12th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
-ley as in "Ashley." So I got half of the name right.

Hee! Crow and Crowley are both similarly sarcastic.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on September 12th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
Yay for 50% accuracy!!!! I also had it wrong, if that's any comfort. I've been reading it as "Crowl-ley" for the longest time. It just made sense to me, given Crowley's original name.

Ohh! Could you imagine what their meeting would be like? They'd either both immediately ruffle each other's feathers, or there would be a lot of Awkward Staring Around And Glaring With The Occasional Pointed, Derogatory Comment To Add Effect involved. That'd be fun to see!

I'm picturing Dr. Forrester or Pearl somehow, in their unlimited incompetence that still somehow work sometimes, zapping Crowley into space. And then the meeting would happen shortly after as Crowley rages and tries to figure out what the bloody hell just happened. XD
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 12th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
I somehow saw Crowley and Crow becoming BFFs immediately. They'd team up to make Mike and Tom Servo's lives just that much more difficult.

I also realized that this means the SPN crew has also been saying Crowley's name wrong!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST_Captain'sChairguardian_chaos on September 12th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Oh, you're right! They'd be the pranksters on board the ship, snickering evilly behind shadowed corners as their pranks are carried out. I kind of hope this (or something of this nature) has been written already...

*gasps!* This is true! Or they could just be doing the stupid thing, like M. Night Shylaman did with Avatar: The Last Airbender when he made the series into a live action movie. He changed the pronunciation of the names of all the characters, in an attempt to be "unique" and "set apart" from the original. AUG, it's hard to listen to beloved characters with their names being pronounced WRONG until Proper Tuning Out abilities have been activated.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson's cute noseawanderingbard on September 12th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm always amazed at how level and calm and articulate Cumberbatch is during interviews, when most of the characters I've seen him play have been very energetic and flaily and chattery.

I don't care for Johnathon Ross' interview style at all - it's all about him and nothing about the actors, but Cumberbatch handled him well and kept the interview going.

RE: the g_c thread - I've always said 'crow-rhymes-with-hoe-ly' and recently heard 'crow-rhymes-with-how-ly' and assumed I was wrong. I am rather pleased with myself that I was right in the first place. :p

Also, I too am concerned about Irene Adler, but I know I'm more easy-to-please than other people, so I'm sure I'll like it no matter what. I will happily watch John and Sherlock, even if Irene turns out to be a pill. Do we know who's playing her yet?

I think Hound is going to be good. I saw a Miss Marple adaptation recently that Mark Gatiss wrote and though I wasn't pleased with how he adapted it in terms of what he added and left out, the atmosphere of it was perfectly in tone with the original story and really spooky.
formerly lifeinsomniac: WatsonCocktailjoonscribble on September 12th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
I rather liked BC doing his impression of Jonathan Ross. Mainly b/c Ross looked a bit ticked off by it and that amused me greatly.

I don't care for Johnathon Ross' interview style at all - it's all about him and nothing about the actors,

So much word. I greatly prefer Graham Norton who makes it all about the actors whether they like it or not.

Do we know who's playing her yet?

Lara Pulver will be playing Irene Adler. I haven't actually seen her in any of her previous stuff so I've got nothing to go on in terms of acting.

I'm actually really looking forward to Hound. The original story is a good fit for Gatiss who seems to excel at doing cozy-creepy. And plus we get Russell Tovey.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Sherlock shockawanderingbard on September 13th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
So much word. I greatly prefer Graham Norton who makes it all about the actors whether they like it or not.

I love Graham Norton! I just started watching him on youtube. The fact that he always has all his guests on simultaneously makes me happy because I can pretend the vision I have in my head of all celebrities hanging out with each other and being friends is real.

Lara Pulver will be playing Irene Adler. I haven't actually seen her in any of her previous stuff so I've got nothing to go on in terms of acting.

I see she was on Robin Hood, but I haven't gotten to those episodes in my viewing yet. An actress can sometimes redeem a crappy character if she plays it right. Maybe we'll get lucky, if Moffat lets us down.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 13th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
I always enjoy it when Graham Norton puts together the most random celebrities into one show. The one with Nigella Lawson and Marilyn Manson almost always comes to mind first.

Fingers crossed that Lara Pulver is up to the challenge if the writing turns out to be less than stellar. I'm also sort of curious what elements of Adler Moffat plans on highlighting. I know Guy Richie sort of went the way of Snappy Gutsy Dame Who Can Hold Her Own in a Fight! But the original Adler was awesome because she totally took the prejudices men put upon women back in those days and used it to her advantage. I'm sure that's a bit too dated now for the modernization of Sherlock, but I'd like the element of Adler being more subtle in her machinations than straight out ball-buster.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson giggleawanderingbard on September 13th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
I always enjoy it when Graham Norton puts together the most random celebrities into one show. The one with Nigella Lawson and Marilyn Manson almost always comes to mind first.

I was immensely surprised at how well Liza Minelli and James Macavoy got along with each other.

I'm sure that's a bit too dated now for the modernization of Sherlock, but I'd like the element of Adler being more subtle in her machinations than straight out ball-buster.

I have to confess it's been a very long time since I've read A Scandal in Bohemia and I don't really remember much about the details. Except for the Wishbone version which I have very vividly stuck in my mind, but is probably not the most faithful adaptation.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 13th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, Liza Minelli and James Macavoy got on like a house on fire.

I re-read "A Scandal in Bohemia" a couple of years ago and remembering that the original Irene Adler was nothing like the way I feel like her character has been discussed or portrayed since then.
The Writer They Call Tay: MSC: Marianne and the Colonel (Austen)awanderingbard on September 13th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
I think things get based on adaptations and not the original source material sometimes. Like, for some reason, every adaptation I've seen of Sense & Sensibility, including the Bollywood version, have had Colonel Brandon bringing Marianne in from the rain, which doesn't happen in the book. So I assume someone must have started it and everyone followed.

I think there's a real desire to have Adler be the love of Holmes' life and my understanding is she's more the one criminal who outsmarted him - and to top it off, she was a woman.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 13th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
It was actually hard to tell for me if Holmes felt actual emotions toward her other than perhaps admiration of an extremely sharp mind. Watson wrote about how Holmes kept a photo of her in his Drawer of Special Souvenirs but I couldn't help wondering if Watson was putting more sentimentality behind the gesture than Holmes intended.

It could well have been that Adler was unique enough (being a woman, outsmarting Holmes fairly effortlessly) that he wanted to keep a memento like one would the feather of a rare bird.

I know Holmes was something of a sexist that was befitting of his times, but he actually credits his grandmother as the one probably genetically responsible for giving him his heightened powers of deduction. I forget which story it was but he states this along with the statement that he doesn't believe in false arrogance or humility. It's about stating facts and giving credit where it's due, which is what I think he was doing with Adler.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 13th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
It could well have been that Adler was unique enough (being a woman, outsmarting Holmes fairly effortlessly) that he wanted to keep a memento like one would the feather of a rare bird.

Or even a reminder not to be fooled again, maybe.

I know Holmes was something of a sexist that was befitting of his times, but he actually credits his grandmother as the one probably genetically responsible for giving him his heightened powers of deduction.

Ooh, that may be relevant to the 'Holmes Family Christmas' story I am attempting (and mostly failing) to write.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 13th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Ooh, that may be relevant to the 'Holmes Family Christmas' story I am attempting (and mostly failing) to write.

SHRIEK!

So, in my excitement that a Holmes Family Christmas story from you would be awesome, I googled my heart out about the grandmother reference.

It's in the early pages of "The Greek Interpreter" where Holmes and Watson have a brief discussion about whether or not Holmes gets his skills of deductive reasoning via genetics or training. It's also the story where we first meet Mycroft. The relevant snippet: http://sherlock-holmes.classic-literature.co.uk/the-greek-interpreter/

I randomly smile that Holmes is potentially French b/c all this calls to mind now is Cumberbatch's intentionally awful French accent in Cabin Pressure.
The Writer They Call Tay: CP: Arthur is happy - a lotawanderingbard on September 13th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you! That's very useful information I can throw in somewhere. He also doesn't say which side of the family, which is good because my tentative view of things is that Mrs. Holmes' side is the eccentric genius side and Mr. Holmes' side is the cold, calculating side.

I'm also debating giving them a slightly more down-to-earth cousin for John to interact with and to provide useful exposition, but I'm afraid people will yell at me for not sticking to what we canonly know.

But mostly I'm having fun giving everyone names. ^_^ If there was some sort of career to be had in given characters names, I would be all over it.

I randomly smile that Holmes is potentially French b/c all this calls to mind now is Cumberbatch's intentionally awful French accent in Cabin Pressure.

I listened to that one in the car on way to Toronto for a doctor's appointment and laughed so hard that my dad kept shooting me concerned looks all the way through.

To be fair to poor Martin, le bear polar would probably pass just fine in Quebec.


formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 15th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm also debating giving them a slightly more down-to-earth cousin for John to interact with and to provide useful exposition, but I'm afraid people will yell at me for not sticking to what we canonly know.

I'd like to think that there's ONE member of the Holmes Family who is slightly more normal. Thereby making her or him completely ABnormal within the family.

The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson's cute noseawanderingbard on September 15th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
I'd like to think that there's ONE member of the Holmes Family who is slightly more normal. Thereby making her or him completely ABnormal within the family.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Otherwise I felt like poor John would be constantly feeling overwhelmed. One Sherlock is bad enough - three is awful.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 15th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Well, to go off of the Holmes quote about art manifesting in strange ways, I can see all the members of the Holmes family being creepily observant and genius-like but they could all handle it in various ways. So maybe one of the cousins could be crazy in a way that's complementary to John?

And as a late reply to your love of naming characters: MY FAVORITE PAST TIME! I swear half the time I create OCs just so I can give them names.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson giggleawanderingbard on September 15th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
I can see all the members of the Holmes family being creepily observant and genius-like but they could all handle it in various ways. So maybe one of the cousins could be crazy in a way that's complementary to John?

Oh, that's a good idea. I think it's true even with Sherlock and Mycroft. Sherlock uses his genius to help people (even if that's a sort of side effect of trying not be bored) and Mycroft uses his to, apparently, rule the world.

And as a late reply to your love of naming characters: MY FAVORITE PAST TIME! I swear half the time I create OCs just so I can give them names.

I KNOW, RIGHT? I'm having fun with the Holmes clan because if anything, Sherlock and Mycroft are even weirder names than they would have been at the time of the original stories, which gives me a lot of wiggle room in terms of unusual names.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 15th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
I'm really curious now what names the other Holmes family members will have. Would it be from their dad or mom's side that Mycroft and Sherlock got stuck with their current first names?
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson's cute noseawanderingbard on September 15th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
So far names-wise I have Metrodora, Sophronia, Theodosia, Erasmus and possibly a Thaddeus, but I haven't decided whether he exists or not yet. I'm picturing it as Mummy's side with a lot of weird naming traditions. I sort of want to give the actual Holmes side ridiculously mundane ones as contrast.