Written by Ella Thomson on Friday, August 31st, 2012

Despite what Jonny Lee Miller claimed, “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch says he would have preferred if Jonny passed on the role of Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming CBS show “Elementary.”

Jonny and Benedict have worked together recently in Danny Boyle’s production of “Frankenstein.”

“Jonny asked me if I was all right with him doing it,” Cumberbatch recalls. “I said, ‘What are the similarities?’ And he went, ‘Well it’s modern…’ I went, ‘Oh.’ Then he said, ‘Lucy Liu’s going to play Joan Watson…’ And I went, ‘Oh.'”

“I did say [to Jonny], ‘Well, I’d prefer you didn’t do it but you’ve got a kid to feed, a nice house in LA and a wife to keep in good clothes.’ When you get used to a certain standard of living and they waft a paycheck at you, what are you going to do?” Cumberbatch says.

Despite that, Cumberbatch does wish Miller the best of luck as Sherlock Holmes in the CBS series, which premieres September 27th.

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