On Photos of Robert Downey, Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes

So, I’ve just seen photos of Robert Downey, Jr. as Sherlock Holmes from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film.

Now, obviously, Holmes never held a Starbucks cup in 1895.

This is probably the “cleanest” of the photos, without directors, Starbucks coffee cups, or boom mics.

Now, I have a lot of faith in Downey as an actor.

And I realize a still photo of Downey’s Holmes isn’t going to convey, well, anything about the character — except how he dresses.

Except I can’t look at any of those photos and see the Sage of Baker Street. I don’t see anthing that Sidney Paget or Frederic Dorr Steele would have drawn.

Maybe that’s Holmes dissheveled. Maybe that’s Holmes undercover. Maybe.

It’s just not there for me yet.

Maybe some later photos will.

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