“Martin [Freeman] did this amazing thing of having a military bearing.
It’s something that’s in the [Conan Doyle] stories all the time; Sherlock’s always deducing things in the original stories based on people’s military bearing, and you think—‘What is that?’
Martin came in and did it—‘Oh look, he’s a soldier.’
He looks, he stands like a soldier. Everything about it worked.”
Mark Gatiss, on Freeman’s impressive audition for the part of John Watson.
(Royal Television Society’s Sherlock: Anatomy of a Hit, March 2014 [x])
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