Martin Freeman insists Sherlock and Dr Watson ‘aren’t f**king’
Martin Freeman says he’s worried people will think he’s homophobic – because he insists that Sherlock and Dr Watson are not gay.
The actor appears opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC drama series Sherlock, which has long teased fans with hints of romance between the pair.
However, John Watson is now expecting a child with his wife on the show, and Freeman says it’s time for people to accept that the romance just isn’t going to happen.
He told The Sun newspaper: “They’re not actually f***ing. It is possible for people of the same sex to have a deep friendship without being attracted to each other.
“People are attracted to each other in all sorts of ways. You don’t necessarily want to [sleep with] someone because you love them. They respect each other, they bring different things to their friendship.”
He added that he did not want to be interpreted as homophobic by shooting down the rampant online backing for the theory – with some hardcore ‘Johnlock’ fans resorting to fanfiction and erotic art.
He said: “It’s a friendship. Way more has been made in the ether of that relationship than has ever been put in the show.
“The trouble is as soon as you start getting into a dialogue about that, it sounds like you‘re somehow being homophobic.”
His comments back up those of the show’s creator Steven Moffat.
Moffat insisted recently: “We walk into that one all the time. It’s a funny thing when a character for over 100 years has been saying, ‘I don’t do that at all.’ He’s been saying it over 100 years! He’s not interested in [sex]. He’s willfully staying away from that to keep his brain pure—a Victorian belief, that. But everyone wants to believe he’s gay.
“He’s not gay. He’s not straight. And Doctor Watson is very clear that he prefers women. People want to fantasize about it. It’s fine. But it’s not in the show.”
However, Moffat has previously teased that a scene set in a gay club was cut out of the series due to time constraints.