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‘Sherlock”s Benedict Cumberbatch Has Fightin’ Words For ‘Elementary’

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While there’s certainly no stopping the release of ‘Elementary‘ at this point, set to premiere on CBS less than a month from now on September 27, people still haven’t stopped talking about its apparent similarity to BBC’s Benedict Cumberbatch adaptation ‘Sherlock.’ And by “people,” of course, we mean Benedict Cumberbatch himself! The ‘Star Trek 2′ star had even more to say about the backlash between the two, and this time he isn’t so nice…

Speaking to ShortList, ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Star Trek 2′ star Benedict Cumberbatch was understandably once more presented with the question of his feelings toward one-time co-star Jonny Lee Miller taking the lead of CBS’ own Sherlock Holmes adaptation, the modern-day ‘Elementary.’ The question had come up since the very inception of the CBS project, both versions taking the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character into the modern age, though going about it in different ways.

Most recently, Cumberbatch gave the usual, admittedly diplomatic answer on the subject:

Jonny [Lee Miller] asked me if I was all right with him doing it. I said, “What are the similarities?” And he went, “Well it’s modern…” I went, “Oh.” Then he said, “Lucy Liu’s going to play Joan Watson…” And I went, “Oh.”

I got hold of the pilot script just to check it out. I don’t know, we’ll see. I think there’s room for us both to coexist. I don’t feel threatened by it and I wish him the best, which is as diplomatic as I can be.

Still, Cumberbatch’s next comments about the series from the same interview were somewhat less cordial:

It’s very odd. I did say, “Well, I’d prefer you didn’t do it but you’ve got a kid to feed, a nice house in LA and a wife to keep in good clothes.” When you get used to a certain standard of living and they waft a pay cheque at you, what are you going to do?

I think Jonny was like, “Mate, I’ve got the f*cking mountain to climb here [to reach the acclaim of 'Sherlock'], you’ve got nothing to fear.” I wish him the best of luck, but I’m a bit cynical about why they’ve chosen to do it and why they cast him.

Uh-oh. Will the battle only get worse when CBS officially premieres ‘Elementary’? Will success make the two rivals? Check out the latest clip from ‘Elementary’ below, and tell us what team you’re on in the comments!

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