. . . Sherlock Holmes
"Well, I don't mind, now, I mean... Uh, there was a time when people would say, 'How do you enjoy playing Holmes?' and I would say, 'I wouldn't cross the street to meet him'. I then discovered that, of course, I meant that he wouldn't cross the street to meet me. Then when I was doing the play, which taught me a very great deal because I was in touch with people, 'cause filming is quite isolated, and I realized how many children were seeing him and how - what a hero he was, to them. I thought, 'Oh, my, didn't know that', so I thought, 'My goodness, I have that joy', umm, of doing it for children."
"Children love him...I'm not quite sure why. Pulls out a crumpled note from a child with drawings on it: Holmes is riding on a dragon... I think he's killing the dragon..."
"Tina Turner may not agree, but the world does need heroes and yet again, at the end of another century, Holmes captures the heroic bent... I think he's a very modern person. He's interested in the poor, the street, law and justice. He got there before Clint Eastwood." ("Sherlock Holmes est-il un héros ?" - 1989)
"I no longer feel threatened by Holmes, in fact I really enjoy playing him. Holmes is an upholder of the law, and he has a magnetism and mental genius that have been compulsive for people throughout the last hundred years. I was astounded when I realized how attractive he is to women. You'd never suspect it for one moment from the books. Girls long to seduce him. I do know that the team at Granada Studios are the finest."
"To everyone who has worked on these films of 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in the past decade, only one word can express how I feel: Bravo! Holmes has finally given me recognition as a real actor, not just an aging pretty face."("At Last I'm Free From the Shadow of Holmes!" Woman's Own interview - 11 Mars 1991)
"I can't anymore. The body is crumbling. I won't do Sherlock Holmes again... Let's do something else. Let me have a go at Winnie The Pooh."(sur le fait de ne plus jouer Holmes)
"Now I think it is time to take lots of rest and think about what I actually want to do myself, not about what other people want me to do. But it will be a great comfort to me as I get older to be able to look back and say: 'Oh, well, I did Holmes and I managed to do it not completely badly.'" (ses projets après Sherlock Holmes - Mai 1990)
"The Reigate Squires and The Engineer's Thumb, but we have done the best." (épisodes que Jeremy aurait souhaité tourner)
"I've done 33 Sherlock Holmes stories and bits of them are all right. But the definitive Sherlock Holmes is really in everyone's head. No actor can fit into that category because every reader has his own ideal." (sur le fait d'être considéré comme le "Sherlock Holmes définitif" - TV Times interview - 16-22, Février 1991)
"I see the definitive Holmes as a cross between Ben Kingsley and Al Pacino with a touch of Daniel Day Lewis thrown in." (Holmes selon Jeremy - Interview Wyndham's Theatre - 1989)
"There is a tremendous delicacy in preserving Holmes in other people's imaginations because there are a million different ways of seeing him. You try not to interfere with anybody's image." (Septembre/Octobre 1991)
"I suppose my favorite Watson is James Mason. I guess my favorite Holmes will be Rathbone forever. He seems to be the Pagets drawings on the move-not having seen William Gillette, of course." (ses Watson et Holmes favoris)
"I liked Robert Stephens very much in the Billy Wilder film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and I liked Colin Blakely very much too as Watson, though I don't rate the film too highly. There are so many ingredients to bring together in portraying Holmes and Watson that it's very difficult to pick out the best, however, I would like to mention that Nigel Stock was a very, very fine Watson. I liked bits of John Neville's Holmes, and I liked bits of Christopher Plummer's Holmes. Again, there are so many facets to Holmes that it's very difficult to see all of him in just one film."
"Holmes and his brother Mycroft are so alone because they've inflicted their isolation on themselves. They're two little icebergs with brains." (à propos des deux frères Holmes)
"I learned about the interrelationship of the two men. If you look at it from Watson's side, Holmes emerges as about the loneliest man in literature. So he needs Watson much more then Watson needs him. But being British he can't show it." (l'importance de l'amitié entre Holmes et Watson)
"To me, the Sherlock Holmes stories are about a great friendship. Without Watson, Holmes might well have burnt out on cocaine long ago. I hope the series shows how important friendship is."
"They are a great essay in male friendship, which has gone now. Men's friendship has been debased. One of the lovely things about Holmes and Watson is that they do have this great platonic relationship." (Mai 1990)
"Watson is much more my kind of person... Watson is a warm, loving, sunny person who's very enthusiastic -- and hurt and slightly upset when his friend is rude to people or him. This is much more like me. Playing Watson was tremendous fun, and it taught me a lot about how to approach Holmes when the Granada series got under way. I learned a great deal about the inter-relation between the two men..." (à propos de Watson qu'il joua dans "The Crucifer of Blood" en 1980-81)
"In some ways Watson is stronger than Holmes. That comes through his kindness, I suppose. He sees Holmes' weaknesses and tries to protect him from them. Look how Watson rants at him about cocaine. Watson is always on the lookout in order to save his friend from pain, indignity or destruction."
David Burke
"The hardest thing about that was David went back to be with his son, Tom, and I always rode the train to Manchester. The last time we finished filming togheter, I went down to the same train and waved goodbye to him. That was absolutely devastating. I don't know how I got back to the hotel. I thought 'What are we going to do now?' I was so proud of him for going back to his son. There would be more happy marriages if fathers went back to their children. His son was only two at the time. So yes, it was similar. We talked about Doyle all the time."
Edward Hardwicke
"Well, Edward's a very, very remarkable man...one of the nicest people I've ever met in my life. And he wanted to fit in. So he watched the previous thirteen films and decided to try and look a little like David Burke, as much as he could, bless him. So he put on a rug, I mean a toupee, and, umm - and put lifts in his heels. And the first film we shot together was "The Abbey Grange". And we were running across a field, and he, he...these heels were too high so he was slipping and sliding. And I said, 'Oh, Edward, take them out! I'll bend my knees for the rest of the film!'"
"Edward is even more remarkable. I'll give you an example. You can publish it or not, it makes no difference to me. When I came out of the asylum, the person who collected me was Edward Hardwicke. He took me to an Italian restaurant. I had a pasta and a glass of red wine. He then drove me back to my home where we sat and had a cup of tea. It was Edward Hardwicke. He is one of the loveliest people, and I suppose he is the best friend that any man has ever had....in life. Which is after all how Doyle describes Watson."
"So, he's the best to me, the best friend a man's ever had. I mean personally."
David Burke et Edward Hardwicke
"Well, they've very beautifully devoted each other. Quite remarkably, some people in Japan and now Russia have written saying how brilliant it was, the aging of Watson between The Final Problem and The Empty House. So fortunately, thanks to the enormous tact of both of them, and David Burkes's wife, who suggested Edward to take over. I've been very, very fortunate. You must remember the whole project was created by Michael Cox at Granada, to put posterity straight in regard to Watson. Thanks to those two marvellous actors, David Burke and Edward Hardvicke it's been done."
"Can't put a pin between them. If I felt any different, I wouldn't say. Tact, my love. Tact."
Rosalie Williams et Colin Jeavons
"That is a relationship [avec Rosalie Williams] which of course, I invented, because I really find it so difficult to have no woman to play opposite. That's a very important little relationship which has come through on the films. I love Rosalie and I'd worked with her before. Rosalie and I love each other so much."
"Well, my Lestrade, my darling Colin who's with me in this, and my darling Rosalie who's with me in The Master Blackmailer. I mean, we've become a family over the years. Every time Rosalie or Colin are in it I rejoice."
Ses fans féminines " The Women in Black"
"They get obsessive, ringing me up, grabbing me. It can be quite disturbing..." (pendant la pièce "The Secret")
"Women throughout the world identify with what's going on and see me as Holmes. It's all very flattering and frightening at times. I just have to realize I'm in the fantasy business, but I do feel responsible and I get very concerned about the power this character wields."
Sherlockians (Holmésiens)
"I am confused tough. You must forgive me for being confused. I honestly don't understand what it is that makes Sherlockians. I don't understand, because if it's true that they believe Watson wrote the stories and that Doyle was the literary agent, they are missing so much!".
La statue de Sherlock Holmes
"Our great crisis in England at the moment is in fact that they have just erected a statue, in Edinburgh, of You-Know-Who. Dame Jean, of course, and myself, are desperately upset. It is the first statue of it's kind in Britain. And of course, it shouldn't be you-know-who, it should be Doyle. Edinburgh is where he went to University and met Dr. Joseph Bell. Doyle is still being overshadowed by his invention. It's tragic. I was asked to model for it. They gave me a little clay figure of the statue to see. I said 'Why is he looking down?' The response was 'Oh, he is in mourning over the loss of Doyle.' I said 'But Edinburgh is depressing enough in the winter without all of this going on.' The statue is looking at a book, with the cliché pipe, Inverness cape, and deerstalker with this depressing pose. Dame Jean said 'You just don't understand Jeremy.' I said, 'He should be like this!' She said, 'No, it shouldn't be there at all. Holmes was never in Edinburgh'. So there is a little sadness that's going on."
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