mattaya: Bruce Lee. Did you see the power of his legs, feet and whole being? I mean if he could kick another person yards away I'm sure he would be able to crush the grapes with ease. Plus it would be interesting he would probably come up with some new technique that would change the whole wine scene like he changed martial arts into a global phenomena. Dragon STomP!!
notruescot: It should be a Scot! Although the fictional Holmes is said to have been born in England proper, ACD was himself a Scot, and Holmes was explicitly based on a Scottish doctor, Joseph Bell. The current writer of Sherlock, Steven Moffat is also a Scot. Oh, and that tweed fabric that Inspector Holmes is so renown for wearing? Also Scottish.
Which true Scotsman should play the part then? Tying into last year’s theme – David Tennant! He's played a masterful Doctor Who, who's basically a time-travelling alien space Sherlock with a rotating roster of young female Watsons, and also a more grounded detective in Broadchurch. Tennant also oozes charisma, enough to even beat out Cumberbatch as the public’s choice of Britain’s favourite TV star in 2014! Oh also, Peter Capaldi can pop up now and then as a sweary and crotchety Mycroft.
If we can’t have independence and still have to be Brits for god knows how long now, we might at least properly claim Holmes back as the Scot-in-all-but-fictional-birthplace that he truly is.
lisasong2013: Athlete's foot, gangrene, toenail rot, foot-and-mouth disease are words not typically found in the same sentence with "a good glass of wine." Hence, my choice for grape-stomper is Oscar Pistorius. His wine should be free of the aforementioned diseases for obvious reasons and besides, what else is he going to do for the next 5 years anyway?
wool: Without being silly here, the honest and perfect answer to this is Ioan Gruffudd. He is amazing and although he may have an odd name, he is anything but. Welsh indeed, which is part of Great Britain, making him, in my opinion, the top choice out of all British actors. Plus, being so easy on the eyes as he is, he deserves far more screen time!
His performance in Horatio Hornblower was outstanding and his age seems more in tune with Holmes than that of Cumberbatch.
Besides all this, I am a British (part Welsh!) milliner (the only one on Mainland China) and need to go to this Ball in order to outshine all the ladies in their 1880's-1914's style headwear! If I win, I will create the most exquisite turn-of-the-century hat to wear to the ball. It'll knock everyone's socks right off, no mystery about it. LOL!
Choose Ioan Gruffudd!
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screwtape: Sir Ian McKellen
Sherlock Holmes has to be British. Such an iconic representation of "Britishness" needs to be played by a native. If you go with like...Tom Cruise, (yawn) it's just like those stupid movies about China from the 30s where everyone is speaking English. Authenticity is important!
Sir Ian is already preparing to play Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming film "Mr. Holmes." So he's probably already familiar with the quips and the personality traits and could bring a sense of gravity that would honor the original intentions of Sir ACD -- which I somehow suspect are being lost behind Mr. Cumberbatch's dreamy eyes and pouting lips.
... There is no number 3, but I'll be honest though, I was considering making a case on behalf of Dame Maggie Smith - who I believe was a contemporary of Sir ACD. But then, of course, you'd have to go in a post-feminist, gender-bender, geriatric direction... which would naturally offend the traditional conservatism of the British people.
hazh1p: Yao Ming. Chairman Yao (also known as "Shaquie Chan") is even taller than Andre the Giant. Also, having now started a winery in the Napa Valley named after himself, it's time for the big man to get his own hands/feet dirty in the name of the grape game.
nataliia: Emma Thompson (she of 2 Oscars, 3 BAFTAs, 2 Golden Globes & 1 Emmy) has been on the record about her desire to play a female Sherlock Holmes. Give the lady what she wants! Elementary has already made Watson a woman – an Asian one at that! Moreover, whilst Cumberbatch's Sherlock is quite the anti-social scamp, Conan Doyle's original character, whilst oft manipulative, arrogant, and distant, was still relatively more socially functional. Ms "Emma Talented" could undoubtedly pull off the original Holmes distinction between cold/antisocial and rude asshole, whilst providing fresh new perspectives to an iconic character.