Sir Ian McKellen has said he is not concerned about criticism from Sherlock Holmes fans, saying so many other actors have ‘trampled’ over the character.
The 76-year-old, who plays the literary detective in new drama Mr Holmes, has said some were concerned he would turn the Arthur Conan Doyle creation into another ‘superhero’ like in the X-Men films.
But in this film, based on 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, it is a more ’emotional’ and ‘less perfect’ portrayal compared to other versions like Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series or Robert Downey Jr in the films.
‘This is a different aspect of it, and I think Sherlock Holmes comes out this story rather well,’ he said at a press conference in London attended by GSN.
‘It is another play on a familiar character, and I like the way you could sit through the film and believe that Conan Doyle had written it.’
He added: ‘I’m not concerned about trampling over Sherlock Holmes – so many actors have!’
Mr Holmes, directed by Bill Condon, will be in cinemas from 19 June.