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Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes -- FIRST PICTURES

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes -- FIRST PICTURES

Here are the very first pictures of Robert Downey Jr. filming Sherlock Holmes on Friday, currently filming in Central London.

When asked what he could bring to a character portrayed countless times on film and television, RDJ has joked: “Clearly I’m going to do it better than it’s ever been done. The more I read about it the more overwhelmed I was by the weight of it and the amount of people who will be watching to see if it’s gotten right.”

Check out the pictures below–it looks like RDJ and his stunt double are conferring with each other on how to jump off the building they’re standing on. Also pictured: director Guy Ritchie.

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  • gina

    He looks like Charlie Chaplin.

  • UM

    Charlie Chaplin

  • cute

    For some reason, the word ‘cute’ suddenly just popped into my mind as soon as I saw this.

  • Doc

    Try the late Jeremy Brett.

  • Caring

    He looks more like Charlie Chaplin! A role he already played years ago!

  • se

    He seems like Charles Chaplin. I wouldn’t watch any kind of movie of him. He was arrested long time in prison. This men is a real criminal!

  • Debra77

    I agree Charlie Chaplin. I adore Robert D. It is always great to see a come back story..But he is miscasted as Holmes. I think Sasha is a better fit. I hope who ever does it will be true to the character and not try to update it with a comedic turn.

  • Maddyct

    Wha Guy looks soooo cute !!!!!!!!!!
    He ‘s Handsome and so sexy !!!!

  • Kealyn

    I think he looks kinda good as Sherlock. I love the Sherlock Holmes stories, and I can’t wait to see this movie.
    Robert is amazingly talented, and I’m sure he will bring this movie to live.

  • postwatcher

    Alan Rickman (plays Severus Snape) should have been cast as Holmes.

    He has a beautiful voice. Would have been PERFECT. Guy Ritchie is a moron.

  • mermaid

    Were is Dr Watson???
    mr jared, we want dr watson JUDE LAW!

  • spike1975

    I like robert downey but the look is all wrong.
    Unless this is a sherlock holmes disguise its bad.
    Sherlock has always been dressed as a gentleman, smart suit ect.
    He does look like charlie though, loved that film. Got me watching the real chaplin movies.


    Could they not have found a less Chaplin-esque topper for the guy?

  • ashly

    “se”, you are an idiot, not to mention asshole.

  • Brandon

    Looks a bit off. I know Holmes isn’t above disguising himself as whomever he wants, but… I’m not sure… seems off-kilter.

  • SEX

    FVVVVVKIN’ SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    FVVVVK MEEE ROBERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • Fruit Loop

    I don’t think he looks sexy here at all.

  • postwatcher

    Who the hell is that girl in the last picture supposed to be? Eliza Doolittle.

    Maybe Guy is really making My Fair Lady Instead,

    or possibly Mary Poppins and Downy Jr. is a chimney sweep.

  • Steve taylor

    Obviously this is Holmes in disguise……

  • marieanne

    Mr. Holmes’ attire was as sharp as his intellect.
    Downey in costume is comical..

  • larua

    Robert is Always SExy

  • Herewego

    He looks like a thug, I am sorry. My idea of Sherlock is like the one from Masterpiece Theater (OK, he might be a little bit on top; but I expect SH to be prim and proper).

    Holmes-his Physical appearance.
    Holmes is tall and thin-he himself claims to be 6ft tall-but his friend Watson claims he is over 6ft.
    He has black hair and grey eyes, thin lips and ‘a hawk-like’ nose.
    Holmes has a strident voice.
    Although Holmes has never excercised for the fun of it, he is always fit and ready for the action that takes place in the stories, and is ready to see off
    his attackers with either boxing or Baritsu-a form of martial art. He is also proficient at single-stick and fencing.

    This is the way he was described. They did not mention what he wears though. But I don’t think he would be a slouch.

  • kc

    Didn’t he already play Charlie Chaplin?

  • Jenna

    RDJ is an awesome actor, and I truly think Holmes fans should take a moment and be delighted that such a talented man is stepping into these shoes.
    I’m going to judge the movie when I see it… Can’t tell much from the pictures, as some said this may be Holmes in disguise, or it may not be.

    I can’t wait to watch this movie, either way.

  • http://none christine

    He looks like a believable Sherlock Holmes, but shouldn’t he have a pipe? And be a little more sure of himself, more confidence, more mystery. I think he will do well in/with this character. It will be a great movie, probably. I wonder what parts of London/England will be featured in this film?

  • valerie

    I can’t wait for this. I think RDJr will do a very believable French accent.

  • Simon

    people here dont seem to recall holmes at many times work in disgused

  • Ashe

    I think he and Jude Law should switch characters..
    Even though I love RDJ and despise’s seem more fitting that way.

  • dianel

    Maybe Sherlock Holmes did look like that he is dressed the part anyway

  • sas!

    he’s really attractive =) i’ve always admired his looks!

  • Eric

    For chrissakes, Downey looks thin, old, and saggy faced! Come on, those clothes are ridiculous. He just irritates me for some reason.

  • WM

    I think Robert Downey Jr. is great, but this outfit makes him look like a slob. It is too sloppy. He should wear something more tight-fitting and less quirky, something professional. When you think of Sherlock Holmes, you think of a man who has it together. This outfit does not say that. However, I do believe that RDJ’s acting will be outstanding, as always!

  • Glytherdor

    OH!!!MY GOD!!!

  • Aaron

    Enough with the Chaplin comparisons! It looks nothing like him. Jeez, you’re all idiots.

  • Ripley

    So Holmes in disguise. Can’t wait for this film <3

  • kicks

    Wow, I didn’t know Holmes wore old skool Reeboks!!!

  • Betty

    Oh dear me, oh my… oh.. my… how awful does this man look? He is nothing like Sherlock Holmes. A fine English Actor and gentleman called Jeremy Brett was the most prefect Holmes possible. And if this new Sherlock is anything to go by Mr Brett will always be.

  • Tina

    I agree with Betty, Jeremy Brett was an amazing Sherlock Holmes. He had everything, the looks, the charm the intelligence and the grace both as an actor and in real life. This man is all wrong!

  • Serg

    Yes, Charlie Chaplin :)

  • rien

    Read the real Sherlock Holmes first, and think about Robert. I mean, for somebody who is described as disorganized, rarely eats, called himself Bohemian, used a lot of drugs….it is a little bit difficult to be neat and fresh.

    He does look like Charlie Chaplin, because he was Charlie Chaplin. Or may be because he wore the same “bowler”? And I suppose, as soon as the magic of film works, we will see it with different eyes.

    And as to try Mr. Brett, is a little bit difficult, since he was dead already. And I just can’t imagine that Mr. Brett would have pictured Holmes as honest as it was written on the book. Since his Holmes was a little bit “too clean” for a drug addicted man (who Holmes was).

  • SJM

    Definitely NOT.

    We’re going to keep it “authentic” are we? By having an American actor for starters… since… you know. Actors don’t exist outside of the US. Can’t wait to see Holmes’ British Pride played by an American :D

    Drug addict or not, nobody wants to hire a detective who looks like an untrustworthy bum. Besides, drug use wasn’t illegal as it is now so the idea that coke user = badly dressed tramp isn’t a logical conclusion to make (even today it’s not always the case!?).

    A bad choice.

  • N

    I’ve never seen so MANY idiotic comments at once.
    Director launches the filming with an action scene and main character in DISGUISE. It’s so obvious… to normal people, but not to you, morons.

  • Wirral Bagpuss

    I really must defend Jeremy Brett from the above comment. Jeremy Brett was a brilliant actor who portrayed very accurately Sherlock Holmes. You have obviously not watched the complete Granada series to be able to appreciate this! If you had you would have seen the mannerisms described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pertaining to Sherlock Holmes being used by Jeremy Brett to perfection. He strove to stick as closely to the cannon as much as possible and pulled it off brilliantly. As to the issue of drugs this was also shown in the series as well. However in Devils Foot we see this being fully explored and witness Holmes give up the drugs. Now why do i mention this particular epsiode you may ask? Because Jeremy had given alot of thought to the issue of drug use and was aware that children were watching the series. So he decided to show Holmes giving the drugs up and in doing so send a message to children that drug use was wrong. It was Jeremy’s caring and thoughtfulness that came through in this epiosode and certaintly does reflect the wonderful, caring person that he was off screen.
    Sadly Jeremy Brett died on September 12 1995 after a long battle with ill health which he fought with dignity and courage. However he will always be remebered by many as the actor who gave such a definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. He may no longer be with us, but he will never be forgotten by so many people all over the world. And his legacy will live on for many decades to come, and i very much doubt this new film about Sherlock Holmes will erase that. For my money Jeremy Brett will always be my Sherlock Holmes and i know there are many people who would feel the same way. RIP Jeremy Brett 1933-1995. Gone but never forgotten .

  • N

    Rien, I didn’t think you could post this stupid comment of yours justifying Holmes looking like junky.

    “The fictional Sherlock Holmes often disguised himself as somebody else to avoid being recognized.’(c)Wikipedia

    Run! And read Sir Conan Doyle.

  • Fesa

    Read A Scandal in Bohemia
    (The next morning, Holmes goes out to Miss Adler’s house dressed as an out-of-work groom and manages to elicit useful information from the other stable workers.)

  • Grrr

    HE LOOKS FAR TO THICK TO BE SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HE’S AMERICAN!!! Since when was it hard to find an English actor to play a English man! *rolls eyes*

  • Fesa

    That’s holmes in disguise! Read A Scandal in Bohemia!

  • Tim

    Have you guys had a look at te orginal drawings of Sherlock holmes? It is amazing how close Jeremy Brett was to actully being Sherlock Holmes. This guy looks nothing like Sherlock holmes no matter how you dress him, his face is all wrong and his body lazy.Sherlock because he hardly ever eats is meant to be very slim.

  • lizzie

    I love Robert Downey, but this is not the Sherlock Holmes of the book. Rupert Holmes nailed that very complicated personae in the BBC version. Downey does look like Charlie Chaplin here, this is a shame.