So I’ve been watching the first season of Mr. Selfridge and eagerly awaiting the scene where Martin Freeman has an uncredited appearance as an extra. Turns out it’s in the episode that has Sir Arthur Conan Doyle visiting Selfridges and hosting a séance for Mr. Selfridge and his family which the staff has been invited to attend. Martin is cunningly positioned to appear behind the shots of ACD. How cute is that? But if that weren’t enough, the medium at the séance is none other than the actor who plays the American heavy in A Scandal in Belgravia. Not sure which episode was shot first, but the juxtaposition is pretty amusing.
“I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I’ve made the decision: I’m going to write in my own handwriting.”
“That’s the kind of movie that I like to make, where there is an invented reality and the audience is going to go someplace where hopefully they’ve never been before. The details, that’s what the world is made of.”