Andrew Scott, who plays arch-nemesis Moriarty on the hit BBC series, has come out as “a gay person” in an interview with The Independent. Oddly enough, the recent spate of antigay attitudes in Russia spurred on the low-key coming out in the interview. Though the interview covers his career and how Sherlock has changed it, he’s heavily promoting an upcoming BBC drama called Legacy which required him to do a Russian accent. To prepare, he studied videos of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that stopped when Putin introduced antigay legislation. As Scott tells it, “being a gay person, I switched to Rudolf Nureyev videos instead.”
Scott’s brief admission of his sexuality and the drive to continue to “be lots of different people” is indicative of the new era of coming out, the tried and true method of dropping a nugget in an overarching interview a la Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons, and then move back to career talk. ““Mercifully, these days people don’t see being gay as a character flaw,” he says. “But nor is it a virtue, like kindness. Or a talent, like playing the banjo. It’s just a fact.”
Another fact is that Sherlock and its heartthrob star Benedict Cumberbatch (obsession of the aforementioned “Cumberbitches”) have a huge amount of gay-oriented fanfiction on the net. So much so, that he’s been called an “erotic god” in China. It’s highly likely now that with Scott officially coming out, the Moriarty character will enter the gay erotic fanfiction on the net, most of which is centered around the sexual exploits of Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and his sidekick Watson, played by Martin Freeman.
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