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Ian McKellen: So many other actors have ‘trampled over’ Sherlock Holmes

Ian McKellen: So many other actors have ‘trampled over’ Sherlock Holmes

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.