Martin Freeman Is Not Turned Off By Racy ‘Sherlock’ Fan Art


MY NEXT GUEST IS AN EMMY
AWARD-WINNING ACTOR BEST KNOWN FOR “THE HOBBIT,” THE
TELEVISION SERIES “FARGO,” AND AS DR. WATSON ON “SHERLOCK.”>>HOW IS IT GOING FATHERHOOD.>>GOOD, GREAT, AMAZING.>>GET ANYTHING SLEEP?>>OF COURSE, NOT.>>BECK AND CALL OF A SCREAMING
DEMANDING BABY WOKEN UP AT ALL HOURS. MUST BE VERY DIFFERENT.>>YOU KNOW HOW IT IS. ALL YOU DO IS CLEAN UP THEIR
MESS, PAT THEM ON THE HEAD.>>YOU TWO HAVING A LITTLE JOKE?>>NEVER A WORD OF THANKS. CAN’T EVEN TELL PEOPLE’S FACES
APART.>>THIS IS A JOKE, ISN’T IT?>>YOU’RE SO CLEVER.>>IS IT ABOUT ME?>>I THINK THAT REALLY MIGHT BE
IT.>>Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME
MARTIN FREEMAN.>>Stephen: I WAS JUST
ADMIRING YOUR JACKET BACKSTAGE. THAT’S FANTASTIC.>>THANKS.>>Stephen: I LIKE THE
DOUBLE-BREASTED. I LIKE THE TAILORED CUT. YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’RE READY TO
LAUNCH A FRIGATE.>>YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT, BABY.>>Stephen: WELCOME ABOARD.>>YOU’RE GOING TO PIPE ME
ABOARD.>>Stephen: I WILL PIPE YOU
ABOARD.>>I’D LOVE YOU TO PIPE ME.>>Stephen: YOU CAN SAY THAT
ON CBS.>>WE JUST DID.>>Stephen: SPEAKING OF PIPING
YOU. THIS IS A GREAT TIME OF YEAR TO
SEE MARTIN FREEMAN NAKED.>>OH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.>>Stephen: BECAUSE THEY KEEP
ON THE TV– THEY’RE PLAYING “LOVE ACTUALLY.”>>THEY DO, RIGHT.>>Stephen: LAST NIGHT MY WIFE
AND I WERE DOING THE CHRISTMAS CARDS AND WE HAD “LOVELY
ACTUALLY “ON AND WE LOOKED UP AND THERE YOU ARE NAKED. DO YOU EVER WATCH IT YOURSELF
AND GO, “GOD, I’M GLORIOUS.”>>I ONLY WATCH THAT BIT. I EDIT EVERYTHING ELSE OUT —
>>IT’S NOT A LONG BIT. IT’S JUST A SHORT BIT. BUT IT’S–
( LAUGHTER ) IS THERE GOING TO BE A SEQUEL? IS THERE GOING TO BE A SEQUEL
WHERE WE GET TO SEE HOW THINGS ARE HOLDING UP WITH YOU AND
THINGS LIKE THAT?>>YOU DON’T NEED THAT.>>Stephen: “LOVE EVENTUALLY.”>>”LOVE ALREADY?”
NO, I LIKE THE FILM, THOUGH.>>Stephen: IT’S A DELIGHTFUL
FILM. IT’S NOT BIG OVER THERE?>>IT’S BIG THERE, BUT IT SEEMS
TO BE ALMOST LIKE PART OF THE HOLIDAY TRADITION.>>Stephen: IT IS. “LOVE ACTUALLY” PART OF THE
HOLIDAY TRADITION HERE? YEAH.( APPLAUSE )
THEY’LL SAY ANYTHING I TELL THEM
TO.>>THIS MUCH POWER IS VERY
DANGEROUS.>>Stephen: IT IS VERY
DANGEROUS HAPPY CHRISTMAS– I WANT TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS. YOU GUYS SAY HAPPY CHRISTMAS?>>I USED TO SAY MERRY BUT NOW I
FIND MYSELF SAYING HAPPY CHRISTMAS.>>Stephen: YEAH? IS ENGLISH MORE TRADITIONAL FOR
MERRY OR HAPPY?>>I THINK IT’S A SLIGHT CLASS
THING. I THINK MERRY IS KIND OF FOR THE
MASSES. AND I THINK MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE
SAY HAPPY CHRISTMAS, I THINK. I THINK.>>Stephen: BECAUSE WE IN
AMERICA, THE ONLY TIME WE SAY MERRY IS FOR CHRISTMASTIME.>>THERE’S NO OTHER REASON FOR
YOU TO SAY IT.>>Stephen: NO. WE DON’T SAY MERRY ANYTHING BUT
MERRY CHRISTMAS.>>MERRY MEADE. LIKE GIVE ME A GLASS OF MERRY
MEADE. IT JUST SOUNDS MEDIEVAL.>>Stephen: WE DON’T SAY THE
WORD “MEADE “MY FRIEND.>>NEITHER DO WE. BUT THAT’S THE KIND OF THING YOU
MIGHT SAY IF YOU WERE FEELING ENGLISH.>>Stephen: I’LL HAVE SOME
MERRY MEADE. I’LL HAVE A YARD OF MEADE. ( LAUGHTER ).>>I’D LOVE A MEADE.>>MMM. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT WE WERE
TALKING ABOUT NOW.>>WHO CARES?>>Stephen: WELL, THE THING
THAT– I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, I’M A HUGE TOLL KEN FAN.>>I DIDN’T KNOW THAT, NO. ( LAUGHTER )
I HAD NO IDEA. TELL ME AGAIN. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: MURE MAKE ME SAD.>>I’M SO GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT
UP AGAIN BECAUSE IT’S BEEN ABOUT FOUR SECONDS SINCE I HEARD YOU
SAY SOMETHING ABOUT TOLKEN. I WAS GOING TO SAY I’M A HUGE
TOLKEN FAN, THE THING I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK OR DID
UNTIL YOU BECAME A BITCH– ( LAUGHTER )
IS SHERLOCK. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE NEW
SEASON.>>THANK YOU. ME, TOO. I THINK IT’S POTENTIALLY, IF WE
HAVEN’T MEASED IT UP, THESE THREE EPISODES OF “SHERLOCK” I
THINK WILL BE THE BEST ONES. THEY’RE FANTASTIC.>>Stephen: THAT’S HARD TO
BELIEVE BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN FANTASTIC SO FAR.>>REALLY. I’M NOT SAYING THAT TO GET A
PAVLOVIAN RESPONSE FROM YOUR ACLIGHTS. I’M SAYING THAT FOR REAL, LIKE
THIS WILL BE– I THINK THEY’RE THE STRONGEST —
>>ARE YOU SAYING BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE THE LAST SEASON
GIDON’T KNOW. WE NEVER KNOW, REALLY.>>Stephen: DO YOU EVER GET–
DO YOU EVER GET UPSET THAT HE, BENNY BATCH, GETS TO BE THE
SMART ONE? BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT– BECAUSE
YOU’RE NOT DUMB IN THE SERIES.>>NO, NOT AT ALL.>>Stephen: BUT HE’S
EXTRAORDINARY. AND HE OFTEN GETS CAST AS LIKE–
>>YES, OF COURSE,.>>Stephen: THE SUPER SMART
GUY. DO YOU WERE THINK WHY CAN’T I BE
THE SUPER SMART GUY? I HAVE BEEN CAST IS NOT
IMBECILES. YOU KNOW.>>Stephen: UH-HUH, UH-HUH.>>I THINK IT WOULD BE A BIT
MUCH IF I INSISTED THAT JOHN WATTON WAS CLEVERER THAN
SHERLOCK HOLMES.>>Stephen: JUST ONCE. HE GET DRUNK AND YOU TAKE
IAWASKA TEA AND YOU FIGURE IT OUT.>>I THINK WHAT YOU SEE IN THE
SHOW IS THE BALANCE OF HIS AMAZING BRAIN AND INTELLECT,
WHICH IS WAY BEYOND ANYBODY ELSE’S. WHAT DISWRAWN BRINGS IS HE
HUMANIZES IT AND HE’S ABLE TO SORT OF HOLD SHERLOCK’S HAND
THROUGH LIFE AND GO, “THIS IS HOW REAL PEOPLE THINK AND THIS
IS HOW STUFF WORKS,” WHILE SHERLOCK IS GOING OFF ON THESE
AMAZING FIREWORKS OF INTELLECT, JOHN IS GOING, “YEAH, BUT WE’VE
GOT TO PAY THE RENT. YOU REALIZE YOU JUST HURT
SOMEONE’S FEELINGS THERE, “BECAUSE SHERLOCK DOESN’T SEE
THAT.>>Stephen: AND HE HAS A
STIFLED EMOTIONAL LIFE, TOO.>>YEAH, HE DOES.>>Stephen: BUT YOUR FANS–
YOUR FANS DO NOT HAVE A STIFLED EMOTIONAL LIFE–
>>WHAT’S A STIFLED EMOTIONAL LIFE.>>Stephen: A WILD E, ROTIC
IMAGINATION. THERE’S A FAIR AMOUNT OF FAN ART
OF WATTON AND HOLMES, AND AMBERS AND ACE. HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THAT STUFF?>>I HAVE DONE SOME OF THEM.>>Stephen: THAT COULD BE IN
THE SEQUEL OF “LOVE ACTUALLY” ACTUALLY. IAN McCLELLAN HAS SENT YOU
STUFF. “I WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT’S OUT
THERE.”>>WHEN WE WERE IN NEW ZEALAND
DOING “THE HOBBIT” –>>WHAT, WHAT?>>WHY DIBRING IT UP.>>Stephen: OH, LORD.>>WE WERE DOING “THE HOBBIT.” HE SENT ME AN EMAIL OF ONE OF
THESE PICTURES — IT WAS–( CHEERS )
IT WAS CERTAINLY —
>>I WOULD–
>>IT WAS IT WAS STRONGER THAN THAT ONE.>>Stephen: REALLY?>>YEAH.>>Stephen: OH, MY GOD. I WOULD BE SO FLATTERED IF
SOMEONE DREW MY BODY LIKE THAT. I WOULD BE SO HAPPY.>>ME, TOO, YEAH. BUT NO, HE WAS JUST SAYING, “DO
YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS ALL GOING ON?”
AND I DID. I DID KNOW THAT WAS GOING ON.>>Stephen: THERE WAS A LITTLE
CRITICISM FOR ONE OF THE SEASON BECAUSE IT IMPLIED THAT THE
ROYAL FAMILY WAS BEING BLACKMAILED BY A DOMINATRIX, OR
SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: “YOU CAN’T SAY
THAT ABOUT THE ROYAL FAMILY.” DO YOU CARE ABOUT THAT? OR “THEY’RE JUST FOLKS DOWN THE
ROAD?”>>OBVIOUSLY THE ANSWER IS I
DON’T CARE ABOUT THAT.>>Stephen: YOU’RE A SUBJECT. ( LAUGHTER ).>>LISTEN, THAT’S NOTHING
COMPARED TO WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN JANUARY. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL, THAT’S ALL WE HAVE– THAT’S ALL WE HAVE
TIME FOR, MARTIN FREEMAN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR–
THE NEW SEASON OF “SHERLOCK” PREMIERES JANUARY 1 ON
MASTERPIECE ON PBS. MARTIN FREEMAN, EVERYBODY.

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