Benedict Cumberbatch Almost Turned Down ‘Sherlock’

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Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he almost turned down the role of Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock.

Taking on the iconic character has turned the British actor into a global superstar, and that is what he was most afraid of happening.

“My reservation was ‘Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it,’” Benedict told Entertainment Weekly. “This was before I had had any significant success [but] I knew there would still be a lot of focus on it. And while I had done work, it wasn’t stepping into the populist limelight like playing a character like Holmes. So I did have a pause for thought.”

The show is entering its third season, and it was the people who were involved with the show ended up being the reason that Cumberbatch decided to sign on for the show.

“I thought,’ If I’m going to do this, if I’m going to step into the limelight with a large leading role of iconic status, then I might as well do it these people’,” he recalled.

“They know what they’re doing and I completely trust them. I felt like I was being asked to join the family and have some fun. There was nothing businessy about it. And that’s how to operate it.”

You can check out the premiere of the third season of Sherlock this Sunday when it premieres on PBS.