UPDATED: Cumberbatch has reached out to The Hollywood Reporter to clarify what he characterizes as a “misquote.”Also let’s hear what he said in this video.
“I am both bemused and upset at this misquote. I never said that Johnny took the job for the paycheck nor did I ask him not to do it. What I said is I would have preferred not to be in the situation where we will again be compared because we are friends. I know for a fact his motivations were to do with the quality of the script and the challenges of this exceptional role.
“It is baffling because I have only been supportive of an incredibly talented actor who I am proud to call a friend taking a job I know he is going to enjoy immensely and be wonderful in.
“Over 70 actors have played this exceptional character before us. To say that there can be only one Holmes would be ludicrous. We’re both thrilled to get the opportunity to play him in a modern context. The world of Sherlock Holmes and the world that we live in now is big enough to take more than one interpretation. As a genuine Sherlock Holmes fan I am greatly looking forward to his series.”
Go to 22:18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MltF5YNPac
“Jonny is a friend and as we already know, with the RDJ movie franchise, there’s room enough for two. So why not three? It’s fine. It’ll be different and I don’t think it’s gonna take away the love for ours and there’s no reason to be churlish or bitter about them.”If that’s not enough, here’s another one,
go to 0:43 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCDrWy_MFrs