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30 August 2010 @ 11:23 am
I'd like the answers to three questions that will determine if my fangirly submission to BC will be totally and utterly complete.

1. Does he smoke? (Maybe a deal breaker; maybe not.)

2. Is he right or left handed?

3. Criminy, what is this boy's shoe size? They seem almost basketball player-esque in some pictures I've seen.
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Zarinacanadian_turtle on August 30th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
1. No. He says so in the commentary when asked what he thinks of Sherlock smoking cigarettes or a pipe.

(while I personally don't like smoke/smoking each to their own though. Whether he'd smoke or not, that doesn't influence how much I love him on Sherlock)
keep the red flag flying highenglishmann on August 30th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not so sure...he says "Smoking is bad for you" but it's possible he was being sarcastic, especially the way Freeman giggled at him. He has said in another interview that one of his guilty pleasure is "smoking onstage at the National."
Zarina: Sherlock || Holmes close-upcanadian_turtle on August 30th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Now I have to listen to the commentary again, which is going to be a huge effort to do ;)

Edited at 2010-08-30 04:35 pm (UTC)
keep the red flag flying highenglishmann on August 30th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Someone (I think it's Gatiss) also says "Funny you should say that." ...which could either just be a standard use of the phrase, or could be, literally, funny that he himself - as a smoker - said it.

Qqthewetsprocket on August 30th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Actually, he didn't say HE didn't smoke; he just said he didn't think it would be right for Sherlock to smoke in the series.

Mark Gatiss: Did you want to smoke a pipe or even cigarettes as Sherlock?
BC: (earnestly, like someone repeating a PSA) No, smoking's bad for you!
Martin Freeman: (derisive giggle) Ain't that the truth!
MG: (derisive giggle too) Interesting you say that...
BC: Why, because he's on the cigarettes again in the next one?
MG: You mean you,, or...? *huge laugh*

What I read from that is that BC is a HUGE smoker himself and that Mark asked him that question deliberately to put him on the spot.

EIther way, though, I agree that it doesn't matter one bit to my enjoyment of the series. (I just hope he doesn't ruin that pretty voice over time!)
Zarina: Sherlock || Moriarty omgwtfrly?canadian_turtle on August 30th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Awww now I don't have to rewatch it :(

However that is exactly how I remember it and I thought Mark's comment was that way because he was just teasing about getting Sherlock to smoke. But maybe not...
Qqthewetsprocket on August 30th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I definitely think you should watch it again. Just to be sure. In the interests of SKIENCE.

(The teasing note in MG's voice and MF's surprised/derisive giggle definitely make me think they're teasing him about his own bad habit, though.)
Zarina: Sherlock || BC colourcanadian_turtle on August 30th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Because you say so *pulls out DVD* XD
Q: omgqthewetsprocket on August 30th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Also, SERIOUS icon love. Is snaggable? *hopes*
Zarina: Sherlock || BC bwcanadian_turtle on August 30th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, absolutely. I made an icon post which includes that one yesterday /shamless pimping
Q: *squee*qthewetsprocket on August 30th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)

*snags and dances*
keep the red flag flying highenglishmann on August 30th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
1. Possibly.

2. Right.

3. Big.
sadafternoon: bennysadafternoon on August 30th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Haha, thumbs up on your response!
keep the red flag flying highenglishmann on August 30th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Ta, I guess. haha. ;)
Olivialibbyo247 on July 23rd, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
3.size 11
Kyle Worthingtonleafie_phoenix on August 30th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
this guy definitely gives mixed signals when it comes to cigarettes -- i remember watching his interview on andrew marr where he was asked point blank -- "you don't smoke, do you?" and he replied, "no i don't". (might be wrong though, have to watch the interview again)

i think maybe he smokes/d but is trying to quit...?
(Anonymous) on July 19th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
You are right that he asks that question and about the answer, though it refers to the character of Sherlock who in the first series indeed never smoked. Of what I've seen he is a smoker, though I'm not sure...
Sandra: Benedict Cumberbatchsangate on August 30th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I thought actually that he did smoke and that it was said in several interviews how he smoked a few cigs and then had a coffee, and such.

Dealbraker for me in real life, that's for sure, but in BC's case he's lucky he's got the voice thanks to smoking which makes me forgive him ;) slightly.
Dee: Sherlock and Watson BBCabydosww on August 30th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
According to the recent interview in the Sunday Times, yes he smokes.
He's right handed and haven't the foggiest as to what shoe size he is. I guess you may have to ask him that one.
you'll be a romantic at the old bailey.: uruhasartorialists on August 30th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
i think i read in an article not too long ago that said he smokes roll up cigarettes (i don't mind smoking, but roll up cigarettes are so disgusting to me for some unexplained reason).
spacewalkers: hell yeah lestradespacewalkers on August 30th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
i'd be surprised if he doesn't smoke, he has a smokey voice
spacewalkers: hell yeah lestradespacewalkers on August 30th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
i am trying to quit and this post is my achilles heel now
Eumel: INTERVENTIONeumelkeks on August 30th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
We're all watching and judging you now.
spacewalkers: hell yeah lestradespacewalkers on August 30th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
*shaking and crying*
Sdearej on August 30th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)

1. I've read all the interviews I could find on the web and I'm quite sure that many of them mentioned he IS a smoker.
2. Duno,probably right.
3. Eleven. He mentioned it in the ‘starter for ten’ LA premiere interview.

"Throughout the conversation, I have been distracted by noticing, every time he leans forward to stub out a cigarette or sip his gin and tonic, the label in his white shirt. It is not a flash designer name, but an old-fashioned Cash-style school tag with “Benedict Cumberbatch” on it in red thread. “Does your mother still sew in your name tags?” I tease as we part company outside the theatre where Hedda Gabler is playing. “Or have you just not bought a shirt in a decade?” Cumberbatch is mortified. “Oh, no. Am I wearing a shirt with a name tag in it? My God, and you noticed. I just hadn’t done any washing for a while, and this seemed clean. Oh, no — now there will be an article in The Sunday Times saying I’m a prat.” That is certainly not the aim."

and also

"And then, a minute later, he's back. He is not tired. And, he says, he's not hyper. He tells me he has had two coffees, five cigarettes, quite a bit of water, some juice. He's fine."

keep the red flag flying highenglishmann on August 30th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: !
lol. Not a prat. Just a bloke.
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paperflower86paperflower86 on August 30th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: !
It's was an old school shirt; I think he mentions that somewhere on the DVD commentary. Since he went to boarding school he had to label his clothes.