March 11, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST
I knew it
March 11, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST
Or is it an AICN exclusive?<p> And Robert Downeys fuckin awesome..<p> "get all sorts of gobbledygook together and I’ll sign some shit up for him"
March 11, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST
That's Watson's greatest betrayal! Holmes was trying to turn Watson into an equal, and Watson went and got married. It's why Holmes had to become Moriarty and try again with Moran.<p> Oh, and great interview Drew.
March 11, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST
March 11, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST
by Kevin Holsinger
...or a bad thing that he didn't get to play Ozymandias after all.
March 11, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST
Hello Lessiarty. I know you're reading these. BOO.
March 11, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST
He sounds like a cool guy. Very laid back. I'm looking forward to this...I find it hard to believe that both Jude Law AND Robert Downey Jr. would've chosen to do this if it was bad. Guy Ritchie is far from perfect, but he shows talent.
March 11, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST
It seems like every time someone launches a new Holmes adaptation, we have the same conversation about Watson. I think Nigel Bruce was the last time we had a truly bumbling Watson on screen. Of course, it speaks to the power of his interpretation that it is still the version most audiences remember best. Since then, we've had stronger Watsons such as Andre Morell, H. Marion Crawford, James Mason, Donald Huston, Colin Blakely, Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, Ian Hart, David Burke and Edward Hardwicke. By now, I really don't think it's a huge surprise to see a competent Watson.
March 11, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST
is a cool movie. That scene with the sword fighting on the top of the train -- kids these days always think "Steampunk" when they want to set something speculative in the late 19th century. The train scene in that movie makes me think Steamfunk, Victorian crossed with heroic fantasy.
March 11, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST
While the Seven-Per-Cent Solution is fun on its own merits, I sometimes regret the way it ushered in a revisionist approach to Holmes that has never fully subsided. Almost every interpretation since has spent too much time trying to explain Holmes' psychological foibles instead of just telling a good, straight-forward detective story. I hope Downey's version avoids that pitfall.
March 11, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST
Fuck all this shit written by stupid cocks who think they can write mysteries as well as Doyle. Get back to the originals. Let's have a big screen, big budget HOTB adapted from the source material. It was always my favourite story and, with a good director, would be fucking awesome.
March 11, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST
While I'd love to see a new Hound, I can appreciate that producers are trying something new instead of cranking out yet another remake. And while the atmosphere of Hound is great, the narrative also poses some problems for a film adaptation...the biggest of which is Holmes' absence for a big chunk of the story.
March 11, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST
by Tin Snoman
As long as Adler isn't Holmes' overt love interest, I'm in. Sounds like they know what they're doing.
March 11, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST
Makes me curious to check out some old Holmes books. I'm a voracious reader but never picked up the Holmes stories.
March 11, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
You sure this isn't BROKEBACK HOLMES?
March 11, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST
Take one iconic character and a director whose style doesn't fit that character at all and you have a recipe for disaster. I should imagine this Holmes will have a son and will be stalking Irene Adler for most of the movie. [br] [br] Not sure what a set visit from you guys tells me either. I am starting to view this kind of thing as an act of desperation by movie makers to generate interest in their crappiest pictures.
March 11, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST
Will your next film cameo be you and Drew bitch-slapping each other bloody? 'Cuz I'll buy tix for that right now.
March 11, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST
FOR SHERLOCK HOMEBOY
March 11, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST
WHERE IS THE FUCKIN EDIT BUTTON?!?!?!?!?!
March 11, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST
by Grinning White Skull
I hope we all know it was William Goldman's script that created the dialog and situations that Newman and Redford set on fire...
March 11, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST
by S-Mart shopper
AHHH...God love ya Harry!
March 11, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST
March 11, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST
by Player 1
Great interview, RDJ & JL sound like a couple of friends having fun together. I hope the movie is a success!
March 12, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST
Seriously, this is the movie that I most anticipate in 2009. Just as long as there is going to be RDJ commentary on the DVD, I'll be happy...
March 12, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST
Seriously, the guy comes across as being the guy you hope you'd be if you were famous, you know?
March 12, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST
That interview was fantastic! See you tomorrow, sexy.
March 12, 2009, 5:39 a.m. CST
too mysterious or unexpected.From the start,u could tell what the whole mystery was about and who was the bad guy. <p>They were,lets say,mystery stories for kids,and if i am not wrong doyle indeed was writing them in a children magazine? <p>but on the other hand,agatha cristie had written some great mystery books,not that they didnt have their flaws,but at least u couldnt tell from the start what was going on or who has the baddie.
March 12, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST
by Dr. Zempf
Alright, I'm an idiot and one that doesn't follow the internal AICN quarrels to boot. But somebody - ANYBODY - please explain to me, why Mori left AICN and why the guy is STILL sending in reports.
March 12, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST
by Star Hump
I don't know why he moved to HitFix -- maybe to expand his horizons in the movie commentary game. The thing is, tho, he never said he was leaving AICN flat-out. He stated he'd be back now and again to post reviews and set reports, like he's done with Watchmen and now Sherlock Holmes.
March 12, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST
March 12, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST
It's always exciting to hear actors who are passionate and knowledgeable about their source material, and cinema itself. I was a bit surprised by Jude Law here. Kind of looking forward to seeing this movie, now.
March 12, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST
Over the course of 60 Holmes stories, Doyle unfolded his stories in different ways. Sometimes the villain was obvious, othertimes not so much. In Hound for instance, he sets up several possible culprits including Stapleton, Dr. Mortimer, Mr. Franklin, Laura Lyons and Barrymore the butler. And while Holmes had a strong youth audience, I don't think the Strand magazine which published most of the stories was geared primarily to kids.
March 12, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST
They could have gone for something like Mills and Somerset instead, but Butch and Sundance is absolutley perfect for Holmes and Watson.<p>Outstanding interview, Mori. Thanks for posting it Harry. You both deserve cameos!
March 12, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST
...need an intro by harry? we know who moriarty is, we know what the review is about. do we need a whimsy about thumb wars? imagine if the editor of a magazine wrote a blurb in front of every article that someone else wrote inside? reminds me of people that butt into conversations with very loosely related personal stories
March 12, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST
was never Holmes trying to create an equal. That much is clear from the books. Holmes was an artist in his way (heck his theatrical ability is frequently mentioned in the stories, makeup, acting, etc) and every artist needs an audience to appreciate their craft. Watson was Sherlock's audience. <p> But he was never at the same level intellectually as Holmes, and Holmes took delight in pointing that out, especially when Watson began to feel like he had some "modest ability" in criminology to rival Holmes'.
March 12, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST
this is some good stuff. I concur with SoylentMean, very interesting, a great example of behind-the-scenes. Looking forward to the next installment.
March 12, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST
They couldn't have chosen better leads for the flick. They're both very talented indaviduals and will do Holmes justice.
March 12, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST
March 12, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST
Good interview. Downey seems so damn cool, thrilled and grateful.
March 12, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST
by Arcadian Del Sol
How come Harry's set visits result in a single "HEY GUYS I SAW THEM KILL STUFF" article with 3 paragraphs, yet Mori comes back with 3 articles worth of interviews, comments, and inside details.
March 12, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST
Moriarty is a pussy.
March 12, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST
Stop guilting Harry into posting your reviews here
March 12, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST
Because Drew is better at writing, while Harry is better at emoting. That's pretty much it. Harry will give you a short visceral punch of emotion and enthusiasm, whereas Drew will lay it out with care. Not a crit on either side, not at all. Opposites that work well together.
March 12, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST
March 13, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST
I'm pumped for this film.
March 13, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST
hope you got my full apology dude. Just want to say sorry again for attacking you like that, especially since I was completely mistaken about who you were. You were right about me making an ass of myself. The only thing I can say in my defence is that the grade a troll merchants like laserpants and Dannydick blood (or whatever his name is) have a way of bringing out the worst in a person. And yeah I know I was stupid for taking the bait and losing my cool...
March 13, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST
Sherlock holmes fan? Just curious for the reason why tou are so stoked for this new take on Holmes. Have you read the script that leaked online?
March 13, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST
regardless as to weather it infact has Sherlock in it or not, or if it is digmatically faithful to Alan Moores comic or not. The Hughes Bros really impressed me with that one. The mood and atmosphere they were able to achieve was quite effective, From Hell is criminally underrated as far I'm concerned. I really don't think Guy Richie is gonna be able to equal it, let alone even pull this thing of at all. I hope Richie does surprise everone with a truely great take on the Holmes character however, because I will be seeing this, so I hope it's good.
March 13, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST
**EDIT FUNCTION PLEASE** (sorry 'bout that)
March 13, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST
Lookin forward to seeing Jude and RDJ in this.
March 13, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST
Could not agree with you more dude, from hell is the best modern Holmes movie ever made. I also have doubts wether Ritchie can pull something off as good as that. Unfortunatly, having read the script, im afraid it will be more like the modern Zorro movies than From hell im afraid. It basically has the same plot as Shanghai Knights, and is very much pg13 in tone. The mystery is also really obvious to anyone that has seen a mystery before. They are definatly aiming this at the most broad audiance as they can. Which i cant help but feel will seriously piss off your hardcore Holmes fans (especially those that are in love with the books).
March 13, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST
as well as their dynamic. And it is an actually more faithful representation of the two characters. And for the record I do think RDJ will make a really cool Holmes, and I am sure he will present a really interesting take on the character
March 13, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST
by Chris Wood
... can't wait to see those Camberwell Carrots. If this has whetted anyone's appetite for new takes on Holmes, "Sherlock Holmes and the Underpants of Death" is out now. Thrilling shit. http://tinyurl.com/d24r2z
March 13, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST
No drugs in the movie, I'm afraid (at least there are none in the March 2008 draft of the script) though Holmes is seen at one point stretched out dead drunk and surrounded by empty bottles; that's one change I hope they <i>have</i> made in the subsequent rewrites. <br> <br> H <br> xxx
March 13, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST
That fucker EXUDES charisma...i felt like i was in the room while reading this. Great report!
March 13, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST
I want a whole damn string of Sherlock Holmes movies. RDJ and JL are inspired casting. I've been a Holmes fan for 43 years (since I was 12) and really want a good Holmes story on screen. The BBC series, while lauded by many, was far too idiosyncratic for my tastes.
March 13, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST
Thats his last name? For true?
March 14, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST
Jodet, which BBC series do you mean? There hasn't been a TV series since the one starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock back in the late sixties. There's been a very good radio series (still continuing, I think, with new stories) - is that the one you're thinking of?
March 14, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST
Did you manage to see Strange days yet? I have seen some of the Russian Holmes and yeah you were really right, while there are some really weird aspects to it, its actually really good
March 14, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST
I bought a copy and it's on its way to me. Should be here Monday. I'm glad you liked the Russian H&W shows: the Watson is really good and the Holmes (once you get used to the occasional glasses!) excellent too. Overall I think it's refreshing to have a different slant on the stories and how to present them.
March 15, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST
I'm a major fan of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I'm very nervous about how this film will turn out, but after reading this interview, I am so relieved that Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are taking liberties with the script by adding in dialogue directly from the original stories. Otherwise, that script has some painful and rather uninspired dialogue. It's good to know that the two lead actors clearly respect the source material and are focused on making the best movie that they possibly can, given the mediocre script that they have to work from.
March 17, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST
Strange Days turned out not to be for me, I'm afraid. I hated that frenetic opening sequence with its violence and it appalling dialogue, loathed the unbelievably bad performance of the guy selling the recordings, and fumed at being told that 1999 was the last year of the century, so after about five minutes I hit the stop switch. Maybe I'll try it again sometime, but I think I'm more likely to sell the DVD secondhand. <br> <br> But thanks for the recommendation; it's always interesting to try something I wouldn't have chosen for myself.