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Exclusive: Ritchie Talks Sherlock Holmes
And Russell Crowe is NOT Dr. Watson

02 September 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  

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It doesn’t take the world’s greatest detective to deduce that recent revelations about Russell Crowe playing Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes flick are nothing more than poppycock, but sometimes you really need to hear the facts from the horse’s mouth.

“I don’t have a Watson,” said Ritchie at the world premiere of his contemporary gangster flick RocknRolla. “Somebody just told me that I have Russell Crowe lined up but that’s news to me. I suspect that hasn’t happened and I’m still looking for my Watson.”

Well, with filming set to start in a month’s time, he’d better get a wriggle on and cast someone. But how is the rest of the production shaping up?

“Good, I’m very happy about it. We’ve got what I’d like to think are some of the best locations in London and with this film I get to show a whole new side to London. I’ve done contemporary and now I won’t be doing that, obviously.”

While a big question mark is still hanging over the head of his loyal confidante, the role of Holmes himself has long been filled by the god-like figure that is Robert Downey Jr. and who better to let us know how he’s shaping up for the role than his missus (and the film’s producer) Susan Downey?

“He’s been practicing how he’s going to sound, how he’s going to look and he’s pretty excited,” says Downey. “He’s going to get here in the middle of the month and he’s raring to get going.”

With four novels and 56 short stories written by sir Arthur Conan Doyle, there’s a catalogue of stories from which to mine, are they going to concentrate on any one in particular?

“It’s going to be an amalgamation of all those narratives,” says Ritchie.

“The world is within all the stories and it actually goes back to the books but the story is actually one that we made for the movie,” continues Downey. “What we can tell you is that he’s a badass in this movie alright. That’s what we’re going back to, any Holmes fan that we’ve spoken to is getting really excited about this one.”

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RE: RE:
Jude Law as Watson, I would have thought of that, christ, thats right out of left field. More

Posted by councilskivvy at 08:15 on 19 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Is this going to be a comedy or a disaster type movie? Surely Ritchie cannot be serious with his version, it'll be like car crash television. More

Posted by raithrover at 19:36 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

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Anybody have any clue what role Mark Strong has in this film? More

Posted by councilskivvy at 08:18 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

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Gary Oldman should be directed to one role only next and that is of Alan Quatermain in a movie of King Solomon's Mines. He'd be perfect as the character after seeing him as Gordon in BB/TDK. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:14 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Ace!
Ofcourse he has. It's his fackin' job! Statham is brilliant. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:10 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Exactly my point, the recent more realistic Grant would be perfect, look at Everett, most roles in which he plays an englishman, he is always foppish, yet when he was Holmes, he was moody, slightly cold and detached from the world. Thats what I want. More

Posted by councilskivvy at 13:10 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

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s thought Hugh Grant would of made an interesting Holmes! mm, possibly, although hopefully Evil Hugh Grant ala About a Boy and Bridget Jones rather than bumbling-appeals-to-the-American-Market-Richard-Curtis- directed Hugh Grant. Would be interesting what kind of performance Guy Ritchie could coax out of him. Although, I just hope the Sherlock Holmes action is as good as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZbyCJUxB0I More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 09:50 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: hmmmmmm
Why does everybody think Watson should be a fat bumbling idiot there for comic relief. Seriously we need an edgier Watson, to go along with the "Kick Ass" Holmes they are portraying him as. More

Posted by councilskivvy at 08:05 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: hmmmmmm
Yeah the graphic novel so I've read is in still being completed now, can anybody see the novel being released alongside the film for the ultimate amount of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ More

Posted by councilskivvy at 08:03 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: hmmmmmm
I read somewhere that the Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes was taken from an upcoming graphic novel. Does anybody have any info on this? More

Posted by John Johnson at 19:11 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

hmmmmmm
I love Downey Jr an unhealthy amount, but I just can't see him as Holmes, Ralph Fiennes would've been spot on I reckon. As for Watson, I'd really love to see David Mitchell playing him (as he did in a sketch for That Mitchell and Webb Look). More

Posted by jameswhaleofatime at 17:47 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

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Also if we are talking about British actors playing Holmes, I always thought Hugh Grant would of made an interesting Holmes! Well he'd be better than Richard Roxburgh. More

Posted by councilskivvy at 16:44 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

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Can he do serious? More

Posted by councilskivvy at 16:42 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Gary Oldman would've made a good British Holmes. Watson needs to be someone warm to combat Holmes' iciness. Depends what tone Ritchie's taking though- a comedic edge, like his output so far, or serious. More

Posted by bonniee at 16:05 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Who needs a Watson?
I think Paddy Considine would actually be really good as Watson More

Posted by sawyer666 at 15:49 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

amalgamation amalgamation amalgamation, does he know no other word? More

Posted by kid_eh at 15:00 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Who needs a Watson?
No, no, no, not Pegg either. How aboutPaddy Considine? More

Posted by mudskins at 13:32 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

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L: llyxja Watson should be a ninja sp; ... but with Tourette's ... More

Posted by schnerkle at 13:26 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

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Alan Rickman ftw More

Posted by Harry_Knowles_Ver.2 at 12:54 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Watson should be a ninja More

Posted by llyxja at 12:37 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Please stop
Whilst I am a huge Downey Jr fan, I must admit that I'm alittle disappointed that we could find a british actor to portray Holmes, but with a Watson, maybe they'll go down a route of giving Watson a bit of an edge as they did in the two BBC dramas, when Ian Hart was Watson. He wasn't as portrayed as some dumb, bumbling ididot as some films have made him out to be, and he always resented it when Holmes would treat as thick. Just maybe get a better actor, statham thankfully is far More

Posted by councilskivvy at 12:33 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Please stop
Jason Statham really is one of the worst actors to hit our screens in recent years. Please make him go away. More

Posted by tomcat at 10:37 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Who needs a Watson?
Is the sidekick really necessary? Given Watson's main role seems to be to act as narrator and as channel for Holmes to explain to the viewer how he works through the deduction process, the film can probably carry itself without him. Although if it has to be anyone, make it Ian Kirkby More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 10:04 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Deano170
For gods sake!! Statham is a useless waste of space!! Simon Pegg should be Watson! More

Posted by deano170 at 09:45 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Ace!
Yeah, how about we keep Statham well clear of this one. He's done enough damage. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:42 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Ace!
Statham as Watson ( "Fackin' 'el, 'Olmes! 'Ahd ya figga' that out?" ) and Tom Wilkinson as Moriarty. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:26 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

As long as we can have Alan "Brick Top" Ford as Moriarty I'll be happy. More

Posted by jackalcoz at 08:48 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Jason. Statham. End of. More

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