Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Sherlock: "I'd Love To Do It In My Old Age"
We may be seeing the Brit actor playing the enduringly eccentric detective for years to come...
Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he'd love to play Sherlock into his old age, as long as him and co-star Martin Freeman can still remember the lines!
The 38-year-old actor, who since starring as the detective has gone on to appear in Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave, is a big fan of the eccentric character he gets to play.
"As long as the ideas are still there and the audience still wants it and as long as Martin [Freeman] and I are not so infirm we can no longer remember the lines and shuffle round the set. I'd love to do it into old age, I really would,” he told Empire magazine.
Cumberbatch and Freeman are set to return to the BBC One detective drama next year for a Christmas special, followed by a fourth series.
"I can't give any plot away... but their pitch for the Christmas special and the series beyond that is just phenomenal," Cumberbatch teased.
He added: "We've never seen [Sherlock] being really pressed yet, so that will be interesting."
"I'd like us to finish on a high, but we'll do it until we don't want to do it anymore," he said. "As long as the ideas are still there and the audience still wants it... I'd love to do it into old age, I really would."
Christmas 2015?! We won't start the countdown just yet. Though if you're after a more immediate fix of Cumberbatch, you can catch him playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, out in the UK November 14.