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'Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch 'Cynical' About CBS' 'Elementary'

'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch says he's "a bit cynical" about why CBS decided to take on the famous detective with 'Elementary'.

"I got hold of the pilot script just to check it out. I don't know, we'll see," Cumberbatch says in an interview. "I think there's room for us both to coexist."

As for his friend Jonny Lee Miller portraying Sherlock, the actor tries to be tactful: "I don't feel threatened by it and I wish Jonny Lee Miller the best, which is as diplomatic as I can be."

"He asked me if I was all right with him doing it. I said, 'What are the similarities?' And he went, 'Well it's modern.' I went, 'Oh'. Then he said, 'Lucy Liu's going to play Joan Watson'. And I went, 'Oh.'"

"It's very odd. I did say, 'Well, I'd prefer you didn't do it but you've got a kid to feed, a nice house in LA and a wife to keep in good clothes.'"

"When you get used to a certain standard of living and they waft a pay cheque at you, what are you going to do? I think Jonny was like, 'Mate, I've got the f--king mountain to climb here (to even come close to the BBC 'Sherlock'), you've got nothing to fear.'"

"I wish him the best of luck, but I'm a bit cynical about why they've chosen to do it and why they cast him."

Last month, Miller told reporters that he too was a fan of the BBC hit.

"I love the work that Benedict has done with Sherlock. I would call him up like a groupie after every episode had come out. I've been able to reassure him about how different this script was."

'Elementary' premieres September 27 on CBS at 10 PM EST.

August 30, 2012 |

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