Saturday, October 27, 2012

"There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go."*

   So I stayed up super late the other night (as I am inclined to do) because I started watching Sherlock, the fourteen hundredth take on the Sherlock Holmes stories/character. My favorite remains (will always remain) the Jeremy Brett version from the early 90’s, but this one was pretty dang entertaining. Even if it is a little too modern for my taste. It’s kind of like Sherlock Holmes: SVU.  Or CSI: Sherlock Holmes.
   But that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson. At this moment, he stands poised on the cusp of certain worldwide fame. He is Bilbo Baggins in the Peter Jackson movie(s) of The Hobbit. It’s perfect casting because he has a sweet, mushy, somewhat sexy-but-still-hobbit-like face. But I want to take a moment to appreciate his solid, journeyman-acting career to date. Because while he isn’t a household name yet, he will be in December.
   I want to take these last few weeks slowly. Maybe I’ll watch a season or two of The Office again or bust out Shawn of the Dead for his two-second cameo. It’s possible I’ll watch Love, Actually for the 300th time (yes, I watch that movie. It’s really good! It is! And it features Andrew Lincoln before he became the Southern-accented zombie-killing sheriff of Walking Dead). I may even bust out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Who knows? I just want to spend some time celebrating him before he belongs to the whole goddamn universe, and people start treating him like he’s Robert Pattinson or Daniel Radcliffe.  Before people start digging through his garbage and hiding in the bushes in front of his London flat. For a few more weeks, I want to feel like he belongs to me (and whomever else happened to already know his name before The Hobbit). 
Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson.

   I should probably also address the fact that I've clearly got a problem with confusing people I know with people in movies/television. It may be the reason I treat US Weekly like it's the news or a college alumni newsletter. I can't help it. I just feels so real. But that's a post for another time.
*J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.