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Other Adaptations » Sir Ian McKellen to play retired Sherlock Holmes » January 14, 2015 3:17 pm

The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin film festival next month!

Martin Freeman » I need somewhere to discuss my Martin obsession.... » December 13, 2014 2:12 pm

Vhanja wrote:

This thread seemed appropriate to share my thoughts on Martin Freeman.

No, he doesn't have the same charisma, baritone voice and haughty good-looks as Benedict. But he has something else. There are a lot of great actors out there, but when I see Martin Freeman, I don't think "wow, that's great acting." I think "wow, that feels real." 

He is so grounded, so real in everything he portrays, and that is a quality I have seen in very few actors, especially not to the level he can do it.

Not to mention his reactions and facial expressions! They are half the show, the man is a God of expressions! 

So yes, color me impressed. 

Also, he is darn adorable. 

That is how I feel about Martin too!!
I first saw him in Love actually 10 years ago and found him kind cute and then the next role I saw him in had been  Dr. Watson and I was quite impressed with his acting. I think the show works so splendidly because of the chemistry and dynamics between BC and MF and I like them equally.
I now have watched The Office, The Hobbits 1 and 2, Confetti and Nativity and I liked him in all those series/films. I think he brings a depth and authenticity even to the lighest comedy and unidimensional characters. But I have to say he impressed me the most live on stage as Richard III, such a phenomenal performance in a fantastic ensemble and an outstanding staging.
And when I met him very briefly afterwards he was so kind, polite and genuinely nice he won me over for a lifetime

Other Cast & Production Team » Andrew Scott in Pride » December 13, 2014 1:13 pm

Liberty wrote:

I'm tempted to buy the album - maybe one for the Christmas list!

Me too, I loved the soundtrack,it includes most of the bands I listened to constantly 30 years ago and when I came home from the movie I instantly put my Best of Jimmy Sommerville into the cd player and danced through my appartment

And I´m very glad the film is getting so many awards and nominations, I really hope it helps to attract a larger audience!

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » National Theatre "Live"- Frankenstein » November 21, 2014 1:56 pm

I have seen both versions now too and I was surprised to find out that I liked the version with BC as Frankenstein and JLM as the creature so much better than the other with reversed roles. I saw this version first and really felt with the creature, it really broke my heart when he got beat up by the old man´s son. And I thought at first the role of the creatue would be the much more challenging, difficult part to play and -excuse me for saying so but I do think BC is the more versatile and subtly nuanced actor-, so I was astonished to find out that I preferred JLM´s portray of the creature. But when I saw the second version with JLM as Frankenstein I realised what a brilliant job BC had done with this alleged "easier" role. I don´t know how to express this right but I felt that BC approached both roles in a more intellectual, scientific way and JLM took a more emotional, intuitive approach that worked wonderfully for the creature but not at all for Frankenstein. I wouldn´t have thought the two versions could be so different, but for me they definitely were, I was very moved by the first version and cared for both main characters immensely and though I laughed more during the second version I found it rather emotionally flat and a bit shallow.
It has been a very interesting experience and I´m even more curious now what BC will do with Hamlet next year.

Other Cast & Production Team » Andrew Scott in Pride » November 13, 2014 11:00 am

I finally saw Pride yesterday and I absolutely loved it, such a heartwarming and sincere film, I haven´t seen such a wonderful film about friendship, solidarity and social-political committment for a long,
long time and I really had to cry in the end and was extremely moved; and even my rather unemotional husband had to shed a few tears at the ending and had been visibly touched.
What a shame there were only 6 other people with us in the cinema and it has been shown only for 2 weeks, this film really deserves a large audience.

Music » What are you listening to? » November 4, 2014 7:13 pm

I´m completely obsessed with the new album from Damien Rice, it´s sooooo good!! I have been a fan of his music since his first record and I saw him live on stage once many years ago.
I wasn´t quite sure what to expect from this new album after such a long pause and maybe one might say he hasn´t enhanced his musical style but I´m really glad he didn´t, these wonderful, melancholic and touching songs go still directly to my heart and soul.

Meet The Members » Post Your Absence » October 15, 2014 8:41 am

Don't know much about this event, just this from Twitter:
[i wrote:

Independent American fashion and lifestyle title Flaunt Magazine and fashion brand SAND Copenhagen have appointed Agency Eleven to manage the press and VIP for their upcoming event in London - see events. Taking place on October 19 during Frieze London, the event celebrates the publication’s Grind Issue and honours actor Benedict Cumberbatch who will host the party.[/i]The celebration is organised in association with The Cob Gallery.

Thank you very much for telling me, I hadn´t heard about this. but from the description it sounds rather VIP and probably not open to public anyway!

Meet The Members » Post Your Absence » October 14, 2014 8:07 am

Enjoy your trip, gently69, England is soooo lovely!!!!!
And what event Benedict will be hosting next Sunday, if you don´t mind me asking??

Martin Freeman » The Eichmann Show » October 13, 2014 7:02 am

It looks like Martin is in Lithuania right now filming The Eichmann Show, there have been pictures on Facebook from fans who met him in a piano bar.

Martin Freeman » The Eichmann Show » October 6, 2014 9:27 am

I was wondering too when they are going to film this BBC production, I don´t think it´s filmed already. Martin did Richard III in the last 3 months, had started the rehearsal for R3 in may and I think he filmed Fargo from last october until march this year, so I don´t know when he would have done this.

But I think it´s a great role for him because he always seems so interested in history and is probably glad  he can contribute to the Holocaust memorial day.

Martin Freeman » Richard III » September 18, 2014 8:31 pm

When I saw the play, there was no inapprobiate fan behaviour at all, no clapping or cheering in the scenes and  at the end I found the applause rather short, I wished the audience had clapped much longer, but it´s probably a different tradition in Germany, here people tend to clapp for a long time, making the actors, singers, dancers come out again and again.
The audience was completely mixed, all ages and not significantly more women, mostly middle age couples or whole families.
And I can totally understand why Martin Freeman finds the role rather strenuous, the staging is quite physically and of course emotionally demanding and he is in almost every scene. And having only one day to recuperate and having to do two shows on 2 days per week must be exhausting. And then he´s addittionally doing stage door 2 or 3 nights a week and he is so lovely, so polite, friendly and patient with the fans.

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy » September 16, 2014 4:56 pm

For all the german people here, TTSS is on german tv tonight, on Pro7maxx at 8.15 pm!

Martin Freeman » Richard III impressions (spoilers) » September 15, 2014 2:29 pm

Thank you, Miriel, for the youtube link, I definitely will watch it and if I like it I even might buy the film, Kristin Scott Thomas has almost already convinced me

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » The Imitation Game » September 14, 2014 6:44 pm

TIG won the people's choice award at TIFF, that's absolutely great news!

Martin Freeman » Richard III impressions (spoilers) » September 14, 2014 5:52 pm

Hi Miriel68, thank you for asking, and yes, fortunately my suitcase (and the programme!) was found and is now safely back with me!!
I only have seen one other production of Richard III at a rather famous theatre in Germany (Schauspielhaus Bochum) with a rather well known actor who had done some theatre work but not Shakespeare and who is known for his film and television work mostly in comedies. They had chosen a more comedic, grotesque. psychotic approach to the play then too and it had worked quite well. But I have no rememberance of the seduction scene, so I guess I didn´t convince me then either. I haven´t seen the Ian McKellen movie yet and you´ve made me very curious now.
And of course I´m looking forward to see Benedict´s interpretation of the role, with the right styling he could seduce through his looks alone, but I guess this won´t be the intention in the BBC production.

Other Cast & Production Team » Andrew Scott in Pride » September 13, 2014 2:26 pm

Ivy wrote:

Pride-Meet the filmmakers
Andrew Scott and Faye Marsay Q&A - Apple Store, London

A wonderful Q&A, he's so lovely and the interview was so emotional

That really is a lovely interview, emotional and honest, both of the actors seemed so down to earth and and humble, extremely likable and compassionate and I can´t wait to see this movie!

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » National Theatre "Live"- Frankenstein » September 13, 2014 11:05 am

eurydike wrote:

I can't tell you how long exactly, but the screening in Basel starts at 20:00 and lasts until 22:40. Don't know if there's gonna be a break at all, but so far it looks as if it were about 160 minutes long. Guess it would be safe to check with the cinema beforehand if you've got a train to catch.


Thank you for telling me, I read on the NTL site that the performance takes 130 minutes, but overall it will be maybe longer, if there are commercials or an interval. In any case I checked the train departures and the latest train leaves at about 11.00 pm, so I will be able to go the showing at 7.00 pm.

Martin Freeman » Richard III impressions (spoilers) » September 11, 2014 3:27 pm

I´m home now again and I´m still feeling very happy and lucky to have been able to see this production. As I said before I´m one of the theatre goers who prefer modern stagings to pure classical productions and I thought the transfer into the 70´s was a very clever and thoughtful idea and gave the play a cold war/conspiracy/coup feeling which made it really gripping, thrilling and intense in my opinion. I sometimes felt like watching a John Le Carre novel meeting Pulp Fiction  and it had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath for most of the play.
I also found it fascinating that they used the same stage design for the whole play, but it still felt different and new in the various scenes, with every change of the superb costumes it felt like they had changed the whole scenerie.
And I definitely loved Martin Freeman als Richard and thought he was terrific. I completely agree with Miriel68, he did portray Richard as a mean, devious, nastily sarcastic and sometimes even wittily grotesque, but immensely cruel psychpath, but he did it so, so well in my opinion. I also have to admit that I didn´t see much appeal in the seduction scene either, but even when I read the play before seeing it on stage I couldn´t comprehend why Lady Anne gave into Richard´s courting. But Richard´s scenes with Queen Elisabeth and the Duchess of York were absolutely brilliant, those were the scenes when I actually forgot I was watching a play and thought it was a real confrontation between brother/sister-in-law and mother and son, fiery, stirring and authentic.
There also was one very special moment for me in the play when Richard was killing Anne on a desk in a very long and disturbingly cruel scene, because in the scene while he was choking his wife to death Martin Freeman was staring right at (or probably more accurate) through me because I sat right in his view in the second row and the seat in front of me was free. It was such an intense and terrifing momen

Martin Freeman » Richard III impressions (spoilers) » September 9, 2014 11:21 pm

I just got back to the hotel after seeing Martin Freeman as Richard III and I somehow still can't believe that I saw him live on stage and even talked to him very briefly at the stage door while he was signing my programme. I will write down my impression when I'm home again, but I can already tell that I really liked the modern staging and thought the transformation into the 70's worked really well and the actors were terrific.

Introductions Please... » New Sherlock fan from Germany! » September 3, 2014 8:56 am

Hallo und Willkommen!!
So nice to welcome another fan from Germany here, I´m relatively new here too and I also joined this forum because most of my friends or collegues don´t even know the show and I wanted to discuss the series, its creators and its fantastic cast with some other fans.
I have tickets for Hamlet next year in october too and I will travel to London in 3 days to see Martin Freeman in Richard III, I´m already beyond excited about that


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