Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has described as “pathetic” his co-star Martin Freeman’s unhappiness with the fan attention the show generates.
Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes in the BBC drama, while Freeman portrays his assistant, Dr Watson.
When asked about a possible fifth series last month, Freeman said people’s expectations are “not fun any more”, adding: “It’s not a thing to be enjoyed.”
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Cumberbatch disagreed, labelling his colleague’s unhappiness as “pathetic”.
When asked if fan fervour had spoiled his joy in Sherlock, he told the newspaper: “It’s pretty pathetic if that’s all it takes to let you not want to take a grip of your reality.
“What, because of expectations? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily agree with that.”
Cumberbatch, who is promoting his role as Doctor Strange in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, added he was grateful for the Sherlock fans’ support.