Fan-fiction/theories about fictional (and sometimes not fictional) characters involved in non-canon homosexual relationships are nothing new. The original Star Trek had ’em with Kirk and Spock, you had Star Wars fans pairing up Luke and Han, and let us not forget the modern era’s magnificent Captain America and Bucky fan literature.
It is a long, long, long, long fan tradition, of which I only admittedly have the most fleeting of knowledge (I was most certainly not mentored by a coven of middle-aged Quantum Leap slash fan-fiction writers of tasteful erotica when I was in my early 20s).
To many actors faced with these theories about their characters, it’s not a big deal. Some will even “play along” with the fans a little bit just to give them something to squeal in ecstasy over.
And then there is Martin Freeman.
Freeman, seeming obviously peeved, recently had this to say to Radio Times about such Sherlock fan theories:
“Me and Ben, we have literally never, never played a moment like lovers. We ain’t f***ing lovers”
But tell us how you really feel, Martin.
Sherlock slash fan-fiction and art (“slash” refers to the “/” between the characters, such as “Kirk/Spock”) are some of the most abundant on the internet. But apparently this was making Freeman somewhat uncomfortable…though he seems rather soured on the series as a whole at this point:
“Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing,” he explained. “People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun any more. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f***ing do this, otherwise you’re a c***.’ That’s not fun any more.”
Season five of Sherlock also doesn’t seem extremely likely in the near future, either:
“I think after series four [it] felt like a pause. I think we felt we’d done it for a bit now.”
But since both him and Benedict Cumberbatch are currently appearing as characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…maybe some sort of “reunion” might happen?
Dr. Strange/Everett K. Ross, anyone?