Yesterday afternoon, the world was ROCKED with Benedict Cumberbatch’s shocking confession that although he was mostly fine with CBS’s modern day Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Elementary, and realized the need for everyone to provide for their families, he was a bit cynical about it. Whuuuuuuuuuuuut? We of course chalked it up to Benny just being Benny, but today — in a totally unbenny move — he has released a statement to clear the air, from The Hollywood Reporter:

I am both bemused and upset at this misquote. I never said that Johnny took the job for the paycheck nor did I ask him not to do it. What I said is I would have preferred not to be in the situation where we will again be compared because we are friends. I know for a fact his motivations were to do with the quality of the script and the challenges of this exceptional role.

It is baffling because I have only been supportive of an incredibly talented actor who I am proud to call a friend taking a job I know he is going to enjoy immensely and be wonderful in.

Over 70 actors have played this exceptional character before us. To say that there can be only one Holmes would be ludicrous. We’re both thrilled to get the opportunity to play him in a modern context. The world of Sherlock Holmes and the world that we live in now is big enough to take more than one interpretation. As a genuine Sherlock Holmes fan I am greatly looking forward to his series.

Uh-huh. I bet. We all bet. “Finally” we have gotten to the “truth” of the “thing” about “what Benedict Cumberbatch” “didn’t” say about Elementary. So glad that on this Friday we were able to “set” the record “straight.” “About this.” Good luck to these two and all future Sherlock Holmeses.

Comments (30)
  1. Benedict Cumberbatch is wearing hats now??!!? That is the big story here – Why is Kelly just ignoring it?

  2. So we’ve got documented evidence of tautological statements, ending sentences with prepositions, and using “who” in place of “whom.” Are we CERTAIN this guy is British?

  3. Cumberbatch concluded with “Yo Holmes, smell you later”

  4. Dear Kelly: Thank you for making my favorite medium-sized pop culture blog become a wonderland of all things Cumberbatch. Nothing funny here, just appreciation.

  5. I wanted to see a hot boy fight in the tabloids with out-of-context photos of Johnny Lee Miller looking hurt and flustered. I’ll help you Johnny Lee Miller, come a little closer and let me hold you for awhile…

    • Also think of how great that would be:

      “Johnny Lee Miller’s Secret Meeting With Ex-Angelina Over SHOCKING Sherlock Holmes Feud!”
      “Jennifer Aniston Weighs In!”
      “Benny’s Brigade Is Beneath Him!”
      “Feud Spans The Pond!!”
      “Amy Pond Has Been Captured! Rory Lives!”
      “Boy Trapped In Refrigerator Eats Own Foot!!”

      My dream used to be to write for the Weekly World News, back before it became a sad shell of itself.

      • Me too!! I had these wonderful visions of getting really high and just sitting around a table with scissors and glue, literally cutting and pasting pictures together and laughing our tits off. We should make our own WWN! I don’t have enough time for a weekly though, maybe we could do the Semi-Annual World Tabloid or something.

  6. My statement from yesterday is truer than ever!!!

    I need the fainting couch. Doesn’t Mr Cumberbatch know our delicate lady sensibilities can’t handle all this excitement?

  7. this guy is more insufferable than his name.

  8. BENNY TWO DAYS IN A ROW!! I’m just happy anytime there’s a BC story because that means we get more Benedict Cumbergifs in the gif roundup!!!!! AMIRITE LADIEEEEZZZZZ?

  9. I believe him. That particular hat/eyebrow combination is very persuasive for some reason.

  10. “Uh oh, I’m sobering up.” -Crash Bandicoot Cumbersnatch

    (No but seriously, that was some wine talking wasn’t it Benny? call me. I need the scoop.)

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