And with that giant lampshade, I conclude my argument that Mary is intended to be a morally grey character.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about something more interesting: Who was she before she was Mary Morstan?
photos by Robert Viglasky
MJW: One of the scenes most beloved by fans from the third season is the pub crawl— drunk Sherlock. Can you tell me a little bit about those scenes? Do you hear the soundtrack before hand? Did you know that it would be a dubstep audio track? Did you have any idea?
Steve Lawes: I had a bit of an idea. I mean we sort of talked about it but the concept of the pub crawl came out of … Colm [McCarthy] the director and myself talked about it a lot and we talked about this idea of them getting more and more drunk and that narrative becoming part of the way that we shoot it so… It’s all shot on the shift and tilt lenses. A shift and tilt lens is like an old-fashioned bellows lens and what it allows you to do is rather than the focus being front to back it tends to be on the side of the frame. They’re really annoying to shoot with because when you’re shooting actors it’s very difficult to keep things sharp but it was absolutely perfect for what we wanted to do. We had two days. One day in the location, which were all the pubs, I have to say there is miles more footage of that that they cut.
MJW: Please tell the powers that be that we want it! We Sherlock fans want it desperately!
SL: When I saw the show I was actually quite disappointed because we spent a whole day. We went to like twelve pubs and bars and we shot all these little scenes of them getting more and more and more drunk. And I think only four of them ended up in the film. Some of them were absolutely amazing.
MJW: Can you tell us about any of them? Maybe one?
SL: I don’t know… it was a great day because it was a night shoot and we ended up starting at four in the afternoon so it was literally like being on their stag do without the pleasure of being able to drink. We’d go from bar to bar and we’d literally do one or two shots then we’d move to the next bar. I think what’s good about it is in terms of the process you can make it up as you go along. It was a very open experience to do. It’s like when we go up to the flat where he’s sick; by the time we’d got to that point we’d completely dismissed any idea of what was normal. It was this idea of being braver and braver where it was almost out of focus. I can remember Sue [Vertue] the producer turning about and going “I’m really concerned about this. I think we need to do one with a normal lens” and we were all like “no.” The problem is that you do one on the normal lens and what they’ll do is they’ll force you to use it in the end. You have to almost edit in-camera sometimes by limiting what you do and that way that gets on screen. The two of them were both just… I have a great working relationship with Benedict and Martin but I think that night I was in pain through laughing so much. Martin he’s just like… I mean the pair of them…
Steven Moffat when asked about Sherlock series 4 at GOTG UK premiere. (x)
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Caption : LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 21: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman sighted filming in North London on August 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photos by Harlem Mepham)
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