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Speaking to this fan at Focus Features’ The World’s End party last night at San Diego Comic-Con, Mark Gatiss told a funny story of trying to get Benedict Cumberbatch onto Game of Thrones.

Gatiss is executive producer and co-star on Sherlock where he plays the infamous Mycroft, and recently he filmed a yet-to-be-revealed role for HBO’s Thrones season 4. All we know about the role is that he spent a week filming it in Belfast and it’s already completed.

But while Gatiss was on set, he did the Cumberbitches (we did confirm he knows Benedict’s fans by that name) a big favor. Gatiss made an attempt to get Cumberbatch on the television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s creation.

Gatiss told us that one day he was speaking to Game of Thrones show runners about increasing their female audience and suggested they bring Cumberbatch on. Thanks to the runaway success with Sherlock, he knows that female fans would follow him over to Thrones.

When the suggestion left his lips on the season 4 set, the make up artist who was dressing him up turned to him and said, “Benedict Cumberbatch? Ewwwww.” Immediately, Gatiss’ plan was foiled.

If Cumberbatch never gets a role on Game of Thrones, you can blame that make up artist for shedding him in a negative light. Gatiss had a big laugh when retelling the story to us.

Cumberbatch plays the titular role on Sherlock and will star in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this December. He is optioned for a fourth series of Sherlock, but there’s no word yet on when that will film. A trailer for The Fifth Estate, in which he plays WikiLeaks Julian Assange, was released earlier this week.

Check out our recap of yesterday’s Sherlock panel where we saw footage from series 3 for the first time.

  • Samma

    That make up artist should be exiled.

    • SherlockUSA


    • Gary65

      KILL HER WITH FIRE!!!!! Who gives a sh!t about looks? BC is AMAZING!!!!!

  • themanwiththeplan

    … increasing their female audience? Like, he thinks the audience is mostly male? I’m so confused

    • Malachy

      Technically it’s around 45% minority of female viewers

    • gos

      That’s because it is

  • MiMi

    So many things about this irks me. Like, hello? Since when has Game of Thrones needed help getting more girls to watch? Also, what an unprofessional statement on the behalf of that makeup artist.

  • http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/17665563-victoria Leithian

    that make up artist can burn in the seven hells

    • Jessica

      how dare a woman not share your attraction to a male celebrity!

      • Jodi

        Right?!?!?! So glad you agree! :P

      • CliveRogan

        There’s not sharing attraction, then there’s saying “Ewwwww” at the thought of being part of the same production as another human being.

      • http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/17665563-victoria Leithian

        calm down this is obviously not serious xD

  • jeffsucke

    He’d make a great Rhaegar.

    • katie

      OH. MY. GOD.

    • scarlett

      he wouldn’t. he really really wouldn’t. i’m laughing so hard.

    • pete

      its what you’ve always wanted but never knew that you did

      • scarlett

        yes and then i’m sure you’ll also root for martin freeman as lyanna stark

  • say whaaaaat?

    I dunno who he’d play but…butt.

  • SherlockUSA

    I would so watch anything he’s in… I’ve heard Game of Thrones is a good show, but I’ve never been able to catch an episode. If they cast Benedict Cumberbatch, you bet I would find a way to watch it!

  • ha

    Thank God for that makeup artist

  • IngloriousJaen

    That make up artist must have been blind. And deaf.

  • :)

    he could play a faceless man so we wouldn’t have to see his face :)

    • what

      what is up with you

      • :)

        what did you just say (:

    • SherlockUSA

      Oh, dang, watch out this one’s clever…. Not.

  • MissPhoenixProductions

    Why would you base your entire decision on adding him to the cast on ONE makeup artist!?!? I’m sorry shouldn’t his TALENT be enough of a decision maker!?! He is such a talented actor and that alone should be enough!

  • 7Starrchasers

    This would be a dream come true!

  • Serah

    He’s too overexposed for GoT. “Gatiss told us that one day he was speaking to Game of Thrones show runners about increasing their female audience and suggested they bring Cumberbatch on.” The female audience is already huge, it’s not like we watch this show for hotties. Lots of us watch it for the amazing plot and badass mf heroines. I lost lots of respect for that actor.

  • Corine

    The casting director of GoT, Nina Gold, did call Benedict, but he had to hang up on her because he was in the middle of a Star Trek interview. It created a very funny clip in youtube, and of course more rumours that he might be in for a Game Of Thrones role………….

  • jessie

    Why would Cumberbatch want to appear on this tv show when he can be in big Hollywood films. He way past these types of tv roles. This anecdote is odd from start to finish,

  • Daniel Spence

    I’m not sure how I’d feel about that. He’s a great actor, but he’s a bit to recognisable for Thrones.

  • GOT

    HE SHOULD BE JON CONNINGTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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