benedict cumberbatch sexy sherlockIt may seem mad, but the BBC reportedly didn't think Benedict Cumberbatch was sexy enough to play Sherlock Holmes.

That's the word from "Sherlock" showrunner Steven Moffat, who recently revealed that he had to fight to secure his chosen lead for the series after BBC brass declared that Cumberbatch didn't have the looks to bring the legendary detective to life. Speaking at the U.K.'s Hay Festival of Literature and Arts on Monday, Moffat also said that the Beeb wasn't too keen on his selection of then-unknown (and future "Doctor Who" star) David Tennant to play the heartthrob Casanova in another series.

"They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, 'Damn, you should have cast someone sexier,'" Moffat told the crowd. "With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. 'You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'"

Anyone who's ever called themselves a Cumberbitch would dare to disagree, though we all know that Moffat's instincts were proven right. Cumberbatch has become an international star, with high-profile turns in films like "Star Trek Into Darkness," "12 Years a Slave," "The Hobbit," and "August: Osage County," and no end to his popularity in sight. And Tennant became a beloved member of "Doctor Who" lore, and now is set to star in the Fox show "Gracepoint," a remake of British series "Broadchurch," alongside "Breaking Bad" star Anna Gunn.

Of course, Moffat admits that Cumberbatch's stardom has become a bit...cumbersome (sorry), especially when it comes to slating new seasons of "Sherlock," which costars Martin Freeman as Watson.

"It can be quite annoying ... if you're scheduling a damn show," Moffat said of Cumberbatch's success.

"Sherlock" is expected to return sometime in 2016.

[via: Radio Times, h/t Vanity Fair]

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