On Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes

I’ll be honest. I’ve not been looking forward to Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes film. The cast of Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes made no sense to me. The early set photos didn’t instill any confidence in me, and while I was intrigued by the casting of Jude Law as Dr. Watson, I was iffy.

Then I read an article about the film. Downey showed about twenty minutes of footage at a trade show. And he said that he wanted to do Holmes as a thinking man’s action hero.

My ears perked up.

Holmes isn’t a coldly rational machine, though we think of him that way. Holmes has his moments of passion, he’s prone to outbursts and fisticuffs.

I’m willing to give Downey the benefit of the doubt. If he’s bringing that side of Holmes to the screen, I’ll be mightily intrigued.

Though to be honest, I’m willing to forgive a lot in a Sherlock Holmes actor. Heck, I liked Matt Frewer’s Holmes. Richard Roxbrough, however, was godawful.

And Downey, of course, is a better actor than Frewer or Roxbrough. 🙂

We’ll see in December, won’t we?

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