BBC thought Benedict Cumberbatch wasn't sexy enough to be Sherlock
Cumberbitches, cover your eyes. You won’t like what you’re about to read.
According to Radio Times, Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat revealed at Monday’s Hay Festival that the BBC wasn’t always happy with his casting choices. Specifically: They didn’t think David Tennant was a sexy enough Casanova, and shockingly, they thought the same of Cumberbatch, who apparently lacked a certain sex appeal.
“They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier’,” Moffat said. “With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. ‘You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'”
While it may make fans scream in protest, this actually isn’t the first time we’ve had this discussion. In EW’s cover story on the show, published this past January, writer Clark Collis chimed in on the Cumberbatch’s casting after talking to Moffat, Cumberbatch, and producer Sue Vertue:
Based on the entire world’s obsession with Cumberbatch (and this shower scene), it’s probably safe to say that BBC was wrong. But what do you all think? Is Cumberbatch a sexy enough Holmes? [Cowering from the choruses of “YAAASSSS!!!”]
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in the celebrated U.K. series