Freeman also wouldn’t had been “castigated” by fandom/press as BC if he had refused. They used to be more tolerant with him than with BC. Maybe because he isn’t perceived as “posh”. I don’t know! But everything that BC said or did at the time used to be over analyzed meanwhile Freeman was just him being him. Well, at least, until he opened said Sherlock fans made the series less fun. Which he was absolutely right! Lol
I don’t think it’s his work to socialize with fans during a work day (and at the time of THC, he was flying to the USA to campaign for TIG for the Oscars during the weekends so he should had been super tired) but yeah, she was very young and I’m glad he was nice to her.
Agree, Ellie. If he’s at an opening or a Q&A or a convention then yes, it’s part of his job to take some time for his fans. Where he has shown he’ll go until he nearly passes out from exhaustion. Remember that con where he took 3,000 pictures over 2 days and had to sit down to finish them up b/c he was shaking and ready to fall over? And then that one fan there complained because she had her arm around him and he was sweating through his t-shirt and it got on her hand! Lol, honey, that’s liquid gold. No one can’t say he isn’t dedicated to us peons who support him.
On the street, in a museum or restaurant, with his kids, def no, he doesn’t owe anyone anything. He is too nice about it, but I’m sure he knows how much it means to people and also what crap might start spreading around if he refuses. There was that one person years ago who stopped him on the street whom he brushed off because he was late to somewhere (so BC lol!), and that person got on social media saying he was rude to her and badmouthing him instead of realizing she intruded on his time in public.
I’ve seen people stop Martin Freeman on the street and he does pause for a selfie with them, usually graciously. He’s just developed this no-nonsense, gruff attitude/persona which may help to keep fans at bay. Ben could take a note from that but then he wouldn’t be so BC-like.
Meeting with fans is absolutely NOT part of his job unless he is at a premiere or some other public event.
He was at work! The girl’s father didn’t take her to his house to wait around outside until he came out.
I doubt that workplaces/sets are ever public events when filming, and yet fans come across them all the time anyway. It didn’t sound like he was angry, so why should we be angry on his behalf?
I’m not angry. I’m just rather astonished at the way some fans think and behave.
Seriously? You don’t think it’s inappropriate to hang around someone’s workplace when you’ve no business to be there? Just because fans come across filming locations doesn’t make it ok for them to hang around. Don’t you remember all the actors (including BC) commenting on the difficulties caused by fans hanging round the Sherlock filming locations. The actors put up with them but if the fans had any manners they would not have had to. As Martin Freeman said at the time “it’s not street theatre “.
My point isn’t particularly about that girl but about about fandoms in general and not even specifically BC. But I do think BC’s kind nature generates the give them an inch and they’ll take a mile response from some people. They seem to have no sense of appropriate boundaries. If BC is happy with that situation then bully for him but I strongly suspect he isn’t only he’s too nice to say so.
It's just a random mention but he is called "a friend" by actress Noma Dumezweni so it's nice,
In all her time-jumping, Dumezweni name-drops a lot—proudly. She cannot believe the people she’s worked with, who she calls friends, who she learns from. The sincerity is crystal clear. She mentions Denise Gough and Jessie Buckley and Anne Reid and Benedict Cumberbatch and Indira Varma—“If you haven’t done her [for this feature], please do her,” she requests—with little anecdotes peppered around each mention.