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Performance In a Leading Role ~ Mad Lori

Performance in a Leading Role - Mad_Lori

Here's the promised next rev about a story by Mad_Lori (aka Jane Seville).


Oscar winner Sherlock Holmes hadn't had luck with his latest film projects. He might have acted as good as ever, but when you don't drag money in Hollywood your star wanes fast. So, his next project has to be a success. When his agent offers him a wonderful script he's sure to get what he needs. A wonderful role and a crowd-puller. Even better that the author wrote the main character with him in mind. It's a story about life, about love, about a gay couple and a film by Ang Lee.


Everything could be perfect if, oh, if Ang wouldn't want John Watson playing his counterpart and lover in 'To a Stranger'. Sherlock isn't amused. He needs a successful film and Ang wants a modest mainstream romantic comedy actor who has played one shallow role after the other as his partner. Only teeth-gnarshingly Sherlocks makes some screen tests with John and - surprise, surprise - John does quite good in those shots. But Sherlock is still sceptical. Until... until he stays at the set to watch John playing a difficult and emotional scene. And there it happens. John blows Sherlock's (and everybody's) mind away.


Sherlock is shocked. How could someone with that enormous talent only ever played in such bullshit films? First they have a row about it but then they become friends. Really, really good friends. And everyone around Sherlock is mesmerised because Sherlock doesn't has friends. Well, now he has one... John. And at the end of the shooting both feel there could be even more. But they both don't give in to their feelings.

And what happens next you need to read for yourself.


This fic, OMG, this fic. It is such a clever, wonderful, funny and hot story. I just re-read it last month but could start all over again just thinking about it. To put those fictional characters (who look like their actor incarnations btw) from a tv series into the film industry and let them meet a lot of real colleagues. That's a treat in itself. On top the whole cast of characters is doing different but fitting things.


First there's Sherlock being the perfect git, then there's friendship and it takes a good while until the love story starts. Their loves is coming slow and it's a very tender and fragile thing. When they finally manage to get together it's getting steamy and hot but the feelings always are more important than the sex. It's so wonderful to see Sherlock fell for this adorable John and a challenge to read about them both struggling at being Hollywood's hottest gay couple.


One can learn a lot about shooting films and the film industry in general. And it's so much fun to meet some of real actors as Sherlock's and John's friends.

This fic spreads an elegant meta vibe and it is such a joy to read. The first part (series and first part are named Performance In a Leading Role) is around 450 pages long (>150k) and is complemented by 8 other parts (one an AU of the AU- ;p) of which the last one is long a well (120p/47k). So, one can take a lovely long ride through one of the most brilliant Sherlock AUs ever.


Here's the link to the series and it's first part, Performance In a Leading Role.


And because one can find the most wonderful fanart on tumblr here a link to one of the best scenes of this fic (you should probably read the fic first because this pics are wonderful but a spoiler).