BBC Initially Felt Benedict Cumberbatch Was “Not Sexy Enough”


It is hard to imagine BBC’s “Sherlock” without Benedict Cumberbatch. One might even say he adds a bit of sex appeal to the show. Some might say. However, according to showrunner Steven Moffat, they initially didn’t think that was the case. (and honestly I kind of only think Cumberbatch is sexy in Sherlock and not in anything else, otherwise he sort of looks like an alien, no? I mean he is a really amazing actor don’t get me wrong but he did play an alien in “Star Trek” so… )

Moffat was once quoted as saying that Cumberbatch seemed “not sexy enough” when he was first cast as Sherlock Holmes on the series. In an interview with Radio Times Moffat explained the reactions of casting David Tennant and Cumberbatch in roles at the time.

“They said of casting David Tennant [in a mini series] as Casanova: ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier,’ ” Moffat, who continues to oversee Doctor Who and Sherlock, said, according to the publication. “With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. ‘You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.’ “

Though in the end it worked out well didn’t it? I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role nor would I want to.

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