Robert Downey Jr Gets Nekkid And Bloody As Guy Ritchie's SHERLOCK HOLMES

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Robert Downey Jr Gets Nekkid And Bloody As Guy Ritchie's SHERLOCK HOLMES

Color me intrigued by this one. While Guy Ritchie has always been a very current film maker and I have more than a little trouble seeing him making a period film I'm more than willing to make an exception in the case of Sherlock Holmes. Why? Well, beyond the very obvious British-ness of the character Holmes is such a study in contrasts with so many characteristics that play to Ritchie's strengths - a habitual drug user, blazingly intelligent and quick witted, always in conflict with larger forces - that I think this has the potential to work incredibly well. Throw in the brilliant casting of Robert Downey Jr as Holmes himself - pretty much an autobiographical role - Jude Law as Watson, plus the hugely under rated Mark Strong and you've got a stellar core.

And any fear that Ritchie may be reining himself in has pretty much just been thrown out the window with the arrival of the first images from the picture. Yes, the two-shot included to the left has been circulating for a while and is nothing to get worked up about but the latest shot - included at the link below - proves that Ritchie is bringing his own personality to the project. This is definitely going to be a much rougher take on the character than we're used to.

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Imran JafferyDecember 14, 2008 11:43 PM

Umm Jude Law is playing Watson...Mark Strong plays a character by the name of Lord Blackwood who is the heavy in the film if I'm not mistaken.

Todd BrownDecember 15, 2008 12:28 AM

I really should know better than to work from memory when I've been up since 5am ... you are absolutely correct. I've seen press conference footage of Strong in this, too, and he looks totally different. Shaved his head. I think that's part of why he doesn't get the recognition he deserves: guy's a total chameleon.

agent666December 15, 2008 12:40 AM

It bothers me inexorably that people slate Guy Ritchie - yet in the same breath praise the 'vision + originality' of Quentin Tarantino ... I for one cannot wait for this film! I just hope it's more balls to the wall like Snatch rather than RocknRolla (which I thought was a little dull...) Go RDJ!!

Shelagh M. Rowan-LeggDecember 15, 2008 9:51 PM

Not sure how I feel about this, though I will probably see it, being a Downey fan. It seems to me Guy Ritchie has only one style (one good one, at least), and I'm not sure how it will transfer to Sherlock Holmes. I always enjoy different takes on the character then. I highly recommend the 2002 Hound of the Baskervilles with Richard Roxburgh as Holmes, Ian Hart as Watson and Richard E. Grant as the villain Stapleton. Excellent stuff.