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Downey Jr To Take On Sherlock Holmes?
He's in line for Guy Ritchie adaptation

13 June 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: EW

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Casting rumours are generally best ignored (how many of those Spider-Man casting whispers have come true?), but this one comes from a generally reliable source, so there's surely something to it. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Robert Downey Jr is in the frame for Sherlock Holmes, which Guy Ritchie is set to direct. This will be based on Lionel Wigram's forthcoming comic book, rather than Arthur Conan Doyle's books directly, so expect more sword-fighting and boxing, and less deerstalker-wearing and violin-playing.

Is casting an American as Holmes sacrilege? Generally speaking, it might be, but this is Robert Downey Jr. As long as he can nail the accent (and we vaguely remember him doing a good job in Chaplin and Restoration) then there's nothing to say he wouldn't be fantastic in the role. He's got experience with substance abuse to draw on. He's proved he can do action in Iron Man. He can do wit and intelligence.

This is still just something he's apparently eyeing – along with a number of other projects including Brett Ratner's Hugh Hefner biopic – and no contracts are said to have been signed. Also there's the small question of the Iron Man sequel, which could see him tied up for a good part of next year, when Holmes would probably also shoot. But could you see him as the great detective?

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FLASHMAN
With slightly darker hair, Charles Dance would have made a GREAT Holmes; Robert Downey is a superb actor, but he's too short and his features are wrong for the part. The other possible reported choice, David Tennent, is fantastic as DR WHO, but a little weak on the big screen. A karate kicking Sherlock smacks too much of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; I'd like to see the adaptation of a Bakunin mystery about the detective Fedorin, (sounds pretentious, but it's basically very-funny More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 10:34 on 16 June 2008 | Report This Post

FLASHMAN
With slightly darker hair, Charles Dance would have made a GREAT Holmes; Robert Downey is a superb actor, but he's too short and his features are wrong for the part. The other possible reported choice, David Tennent, is fantastic as DR WHO, but a little weak on the big screen. A karate kicking Sherlock smacks too much of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; I'd like to see the adaptation of a Bakunin mystery about the detective Fedorin, (sounds pretentious, but it's basically very-funny More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 10:34 on 16 June 2008 | Report This Post

Wow this idea is so bad, a short fat hyperative yank as Holmes? Downey is gonna dissapoint his fans yet again and all the Holmes fans, Worst idea ever! More

Posted by LucienSanchez at 15:22 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Downey Jr To Take On Sherlock Holmes?
L: Dexter Morgan L: Kazuya I would have no problem with Downey Jr. taking on the role, what a fantastic actor. It's the director I'm worried about. b]Ditto, this sounded interesting untill i saw  chiexactly. Of course a director with a some flair for action scenes is required if they want to do the boxing, sword-fighting Holmes, but Ritchie? Give me a fucking break. More

Posted by Kazuya at 14:09 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Give the man whatever he wants
L: abiggerboat84 As far as I'm concerned, Robert Downey Jr should be given ALL leading roles, regardless of race (as proven in tropic thunder) or gender. This may mean only one film each year, but every film would be great. So let him play Sherlock, Bilbo, The remaining Avengers... whoever sm=happy07.gif]of a fan eh? Not sure he'd fit into the Wasp's dress. More

Posted by Dexter Morgan at 13:22 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Downey Jr To Take On Sherlock Holmes?
Robert Downey Junior is a brilliant actor. His turns in Zodiac and more recently Iron Man demonstrate this easily. I think he could pretty much play anything he wanted but I would rather see a younger actor playing Holmes. In most of the stories he's in his 20's or early 30's I think although to be fair my favourite actor to play him has been Jeremy Brett and he's was older. To set the record straight on the books (not the films) Holmes I think only wears a deerstalker once or twice and he's ve More

Posted by thesmallone at 11:09 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I like him, but sorry
L: Shifty Bench L: Silvertouch Sherlock Holmes is as English as can be. Would you allow RDJ to play James Bond? Ian Richardson (Scottish), Frank Langella (American), Richard Roxburgh (Australian), Matt Frewer (American) and Christopher Plummer (Canadian) have all played Holmes before (some more than once).... sp; Indeed, and the character of Holmes was also largely inspired by the Scottish Dr. Joseph Bell. (Doyle himself was also Scottish). One of the very best portrayals of Hol More

Posted by rawlinson at 04:16 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I like him, but sorry
L: Silvertouch Sherlock Holmes is as English as can be. Would you allow RDJ to play James Bond? Ian Richardson (Scottish), Frank Langella (American), Richard Roxburgh (Australian), Matt Frewer (American) and Christopher Plummer (Canadian) have all played Holmes before (some more than once).... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 02:19 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Could Be Interesting.
L: Frank Castle Downey jnr is a great actor but sherlock holmes? seriously he's gotta be a brit. But then again we got a welsh dude playing batman so i suppose anything is possible? And Frank Castle in the next Punisher film is being played by an Irish dude :D] More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 02:09 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

Give the man whatever he wants
As far as I'm concerned, Robert Downey Jr should be given ALL leading roles, regardless of race (as proven in tropic thunder) or gender. This may mean only one film each year, but every film would be great. So let him play Sherlock, Bilbo, The remaining Avengers... whoever More

Posted by abiggerboat84 at 00:27 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Downey Jr To Take On Sherlock Holmes?
L: Kazuya I would have no problem with Downey Jr. taking on the role, what a fantastic actor. It's the director I'm worried about. itto, this sounded interesting untill i saw  chiert's a great actor when he tries, and a classic well writen investigation film would be best, no monsters. (Van Helsing? don't even go theremight make a nice change as well, there hasse'nt been much like it recently. (that i can think of) More

Posted by Dexter Morgan at 22:53 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

i just hope guy didn't write the script.
he's a dude playing a dude diguised as a sherlock dude More

Posted by danbo1138 at 22:50 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Downey Jr To Take On Sherlock Holmes?
I would have no problem with Downey Jr. taking on the role, what a fantastic actor. It's the director I'm worried about. More

Posted by Kazuya at 20:53 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

He can play a black man! Playing British really isn't that hard in comparison. Acting like a Dutchman, that's tough. ^^ More

Posted by Bluehawk at 20:24 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

Why not an American? Basil Rathbone (one of the two major Sherlocks along with Jeremy Brett) was from South Africa. More

Posted by John Firth at 19:30 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

Nicholas Rowe all the way!
Personally I think it should be the star of Young Sherolck Holmes (& also a minor support player in Guy Ritchies 'Lock stock') making it an unoffical sequel to an underrated classic.. I am wrong? More

Posted by stevenlear at 19:20 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

Nicholas Rowe all the way!
Personally I think it should be the star of Young Sherolck Holmes (& also a minor support player in Guy Ritchies 'Lock stock') making it an unoffical sequel to an underrated classic.. I am wrong? More

Posted by stevenlear at 19:19 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

Hmmmmm ...
If Welsh-born Christian Bale can play Batman, why can't RDJ play Sherlock Holmes? http://www.thewordslinger.com/ More

Posted by the wordslinger at 16:52 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

Of course an American can play Holmes. Id like to think we could get a brit to do it, but they are ACTORS. So it doesnt matter al that much. Besides he is good, and this does sound like a ridiculous, possibley ruibbish film, so he could made it credible. More

Posted by drake22 at 16:06 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

If Downey Jr decided to play a toenail, he would still be amazing at it. More

Posted by Hughezy at 15:40 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

I'm so conflicted
RDJ has been awesome in everything he's been in of late, He really brought Iron Man out of mediocrity but I agree, is it suitable to have a non-Brit play Holmes? To be fair, this is Guy Ritchie's boxing and sword-fighting take (I will piss myself if there's any bullet time -flo-mo in it), so it will be ridiculous anyway! More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 13:16 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

its robert downey junior!
he can do anything... legend. More

Posted by hu at 12:09 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

I like him, but sorry
Sherlock Holmes is as English as can be. Would you allow RDJ to play James Bond? More

Posted by Silvertouch at 11:17 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Could Be Interesting.
Downey jnr is a great actor but sherlock holmes? seriously he's gotta be a brit. But then again we got a welsh dude playing batman so i suppose anything is possible?     And empire how did ironman prove he can do action?? All the action scenes were done by cgi. More

Posted by Frank Castle at 10:59 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

Could Be Interesting.
Robert Downey Jnr is a excellent actor and has come back strongly in this year's Iron Man. But for being Sherlcok Homles? That could be interesting. Guy Richie and Robert Downey Jr in the same movie? Yeah, I think I can see it very clearly. Or could it be a rumour after all? Not sure, I hope not. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 10:28 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

Downey holmes
Holmes is a complex character and has been played by many actors, (although he's gonna have to be downright magnificent if he's to better Jeremy Brett) but I think after the complex performance he put into Chaplin, he could easily pull of Sherlock Holmes. Guy Richie is another story. For me, Lock stock and Snatch was too laddie and involved some of the most feeble jokes ("Ze Germans") I have ever witnesses, Revolver was a mental mind wank and less said about Swept Sway the better. More

Posted by cleanbreak films at 09:19 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

The one I am waiting for...
... is Sherlock Holmes VS Dracula or something like that. That script was floathing around for ages in the 1990s and for some reason lingers in development hell. Now there is a concept I want to see. More

Posted by moviemaniac-7 at 08:01 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
I'd watch it.  RDJ has enough charisma to pull this off spectacularly.  Can you imagine the look on his face as he chews on a pipe and busts out detecting skills that would make Batman weep in shame?  I can. And it is glorious. More

Posted by Implodingme at 21:21 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Statham More

Posted by Bezerker at 19:15 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Conan Doyle's Holmes deserves better
If it's "Holmes the action hero", then this could be good - RD Jr's generally the nuts in anything that allows for glib delivery and intelligent quipery - and if nothing else, Ritchie's visual style and eye for action is underrated But what I really want to see is someone directing Daniel Day Lewis as "Holmes the homosexual herion addict" - maybe Tykwer or Aronofsky or Fincher More

Posted by Dr Science at 19:15 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

English literary gent reimagined as action hero....
It's gonna be another f*cking Van Helsing isn't it. Stay well away RDJ. More

Posted by Brighton Benson at 17:44 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

I agree with many of the other people on here -I'd see Downey Jr in anything and I think he could have a lot of fun with Holmes. Who knows, maybe his presence would make Ritchie raise his game. More

Posted by dahlia79 at 17:37 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Guy Ritchie & Brett Ratner!!!!!
Is he back on the crack or sommat? More

Posted by KlausKinski at 17:27 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Robby Shall Save The Day
I'd have confidence in Downey Jnr taking on ANY part....   This could be good.... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 16:57 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Robby Shall Save The Day
I am sure that Robert Downy can tackle this part - he has been so impressive with so many others I can't see how he would find it too hard! Robby Shall Save The Day! More

Posted by Boydcape at 16:49 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

as long as he can do the accent, this could be cool More

Posted by clarkkent at 16:24 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Could work...
I'd follow Downey to the end of the earth. I'd watch him do Battlefield Earth, Glitter, and Waterworld, if needs be. It's Ritchie I'm worried about. More

Posted by Circe at 16:24 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Could work...
Hmm... Jeremy Brett is the only actor who has nailed Sherlock Holmes. However, I gather that this is unlikely to be a traditional adaptation, so Downey Jnr (and the no doubt the audience) will probably have some fun with it. More

Posted by Old_Pyrate at 16:07 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Sounds good to me.
The thing is, he's simply a great movie star - a total pleasure to watch - so he'd undoubtedly improve whatever Guy Ritchie comes up with simply by being in it. In this case, his nationality isn't that important. Maybe he's just the best man for the job! More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 16:07 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

I'd see Downey Jr. in just about anything. The guy's just such a fab sctor. Here's hoping he does it. Would also be good to see Guy Ritchie pull a good film out of the bag finally. More

Posted by morpheusman at 15:58 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

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