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Great New Photos and Set Visit Report from Sherlock Holmes

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May 6, 2009
Source: USA Today

Great New Photos from Sherlock Holmes

In anticipation of the first trailer due out in front of Terminator Salvation, USA Today has published their extensive report from the set of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. In addition to a great editorial that's certainly worth reading, they've debuted a handful of new photos, which we've featured the best of below. "We are trying to make a fun adventure movie," producer Lionel Wigram says. "My favorites are the Bond films. Raiders of the Lost Ark. I want to make a movie like that." And so off he went to bring us a version of Sherlock Holmes that he pithced as "scruffy and stubbly, with a whip in one hand and a sword in the other."

Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. chose his own hat to wear - the one you see him in above. Guy Ritchie explains, "I wanted something more aesthetically pleasing and plausible and rewarding to look at. I quite like deerstalkers, but there is only one person in history who ever wore one." Apparently it wasn't Holmes.

Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

Jude Law, who plays Dr. Watson, on the dynamic between the two partners: "Holmes is a genius. He has this autistic savant quality and eccentricity that doesn't need highlighting. And what I love in Guy [Ritchie's] concept, and what we developed, is the idea that they each are one-half of a whole. Watson is the one who keeps him on track. Watson is very sensible, always checking whether they've got their pistols and they're loaded. He keeps what could be a very wayward individual straight. They are very dependent on each other."

Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

British actor Mark Strong, who you see above, plays the villain. "Blackwood is an occult-dabbling Satanist who ends up fighting Holmes," he explains. "Sherlock has to have a nemesis. Otherwise, there is no joy to the hunt." For now, or at least until the trailer hits, this is only just a quick tease. And if you're interested in reading more, head over to USA Today for the full set report. I'll admit that all of these photos do look great and continually keep me excited, however, I'm still very nervous about the comedic side of this. Stay tuned for the trailer in the next few weeks. Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes will hit theaters on Christmas Day.

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  • Annonymous
    If it is indeed like the Indiana Jones movies, then it will have a dry wit and a dry sense of humor. Indiana Jones was a little more sarcastic and witty than he was comically humorous. The British are known more for their sarcastic and witty humor/banter. Guy Ritchie is British. I think the movie is going to be fantastic. Too many people want to pick it apart before they even see it. Indiana Jones, actually, had his own Dr. Watson. His name was Dr. Marcus Brody (played brilliantly by Dehmen Elliot ). He was Indiana Jones' friend and associate in the first 3 movies. The actor died before filming began on the 4th, but there is a portrait and a statue of him in the movie. Indy often said that, "Marcus even got lost in his own museum once". I love those movies! As for Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.s') unkept look. If you read all of the books (I have and own them all) Sherlock Holmes didn't keep a clean aristocratic look all the time. He would get depressed whenever he didn't have a case and lie around for days-weeks at a time. Hence the drug usage. It helped keep him from being so depressed. He also wasn't snooty or stuck-up. "He wasn't Basil Rathbone." That's a stereotype! Unfortunately it is one people associate him with. Also if Guy Ritchie is refering to Holmes? The books never say that Sherlock Holmes wore a deerstalker hat, that is also a misconception. Holmes also never said, "Elementary my dear Watson" either. They never alluded to what type of pipe Holmes smoked. He did not wear a cape/coat all the time. There are alot of other characteristics that come from the old Basil Rathbone / Nigel Bruce films but not from the actual Conan Doyle books. Basil Rathbone did not portray Holmes correctly either. He ,in fact, changed alot of the stories. People should give the movie a chance. I think it is a fabulous idea to bring out other Holmes traits. The books do say he wouldn't back down from trouble when it arose. Holmes did know Baritsu. He was a swordsman and a stick fighter. Holmes appearance also wasn't perfect all the time, sometimes he was unkept. He was addicted to drugs ( I didn't think that would actually make it into the film). Um, most heavy drug abusers aren' t kept up nicely and perfect in appearance. I can't wait, it is about time to reinvision Sherlock Holmes. I think an action, adventure movie with some wit(humor) in it will be fantastic. I can't wait till it comes out. If anyone could pull it off it would be Robert Downey Jr. He is a remarkable actor with a great sense of humor or wit about him.
  • xerxex
    Honestly this is looking better and better everytime FS.net posts new pics so thsi is gonna be on my list for movies of 2009!
  • I can't see why this movie wouldn't succeed.
  • Seductive Flamingo
    I think the photos are pretty....is that weird?
  • Fisherr
    The photos looks awesome.Guy Ritchie is back with another amazing movie and as a Lead RDJ and JL
  • Tim "Cloverfield"
    Fantastic.......
  • Drax
    Guy Ritchie is the man. Always loved his films - except the one with Madge. Rock-n-Rolla and Snatch are two of my all time favs. I hope he makes "The Gamekeeper" next. He said he's still interested.

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