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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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150 Responses to “Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes -- FIRST PICTURES”

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  1. 26
    christine Says:

    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?

  2. 27
    valerie Says:

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

  3. 28
    Simon Says:

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

  4. 29
    Ashe Says:

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

  5. 30
    dianel Says:

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

  6. 31
    sas! Says:

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

  7. 32
    Eric Says:

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

  8. 33
    WM Says:

    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!

  9. 34
    Glytherdor Says:

    OH!!!MY GOD!!!

  10. 35
    Aaron Says:

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

  11. 36
    Ripley Says:

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

  12. 37
    kicks Says:

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

  13. 38
    Betty Says:

    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.

  14. 39
    Tina Says:

    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!

  15. 40
    Serg Says:

    Yes, Charlie Chaplin :)

  16. 41
    rien Says:

    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).

  17. 42
    SJM Says:

    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.

  18. 43
    N Says:

    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.

  19. 44
    Wirral Bagpuss Says:

    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 .

  20. 45
    N Says:

    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.

  21. 46
    Fesa Says:

    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.)

  22. 47
    Grrr Says:

    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*

  23. 48
    Fesa Says:

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

  24. 49
    Tim Says:

    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.

  25. 50
    lizzie Says:

    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.

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