Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman read out gay erotic fan fiction based on their characters yesterday (15 December).
The British actors got the shock of their lives when they were given their scripts at the British Film Institute panel where the first episode of season three was previewed.
Panel host and feminist columnist Caitlin Moran surprised the bromance twosome.
As cameras were forbidden from the preview, there is no video of the dramatic reading.
But there are audience reports, and many say while Cumberbatch was more reluctant than Freeman – they were both good sports.
The extract they read out, included: ‘”I can give that to you,” Sherlock said, voice uncommonly rough. “Let me.”
‘John’s tongue darted out to wet his lips. “Let you…”
‘Sherlock solemnly began unbuttoning his cardigan. “You need to be touched; let me.”
‘John gave a shuddering sigh and leaned his forehead back against Sherlock’s, their noses bumped, cheeks grazed and then John lifted his hand to Sherlock’s cheek and their mouths crushed together.’
What followed was a pornographic scene, but Moran stopped the reading to save the actors’ blushes.
The British mystery programme’s fans, known for their deep affection for the characters, were largely appalled by Moran’s actions.
The embarrassed erotic fanfic writer herself said on Tumblr: ‘To Caitlin? Thank you for spoiling something I found joy in.
‘Thank you for humiliating me, taking my writing out of context without permission, belittling it and using it to embarrass actors who I deeply admire.’