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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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Credit: Big Pictures; Photos: INFdaily, Bauergriffinonline
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  • lph

    Sherlock was dope addict.

  • barky von schnauser

    please look carefully at the entire set of pix–clearly he is dressed not as holmes but in the guise of a street busker. one of several disguises used by The Great Detective. we should use on his his famous dictums when he didn’t have enough facts to theorize:
    “Data! Data! DATA! I cannot makes bricks without clay!”

  • m

    This is not the way I picture Sherlock Holmes at all….I hope they get it right cause this could be a great movie.

  • Tom

    the hat kinda sucks not gunna lie, but who cares, im sure it will be good

  • lenuniyu

    This is not Sherlock Holmes!!!
    Russian screen and Lebanon in the role of Sherlock – these are the real Sherlock!
    But..I would wait for the premiere and take a look at it, because Downey is very good and SEXY!)

  • Vie

    Well….he’d better be in disguise, ’cause that bowler hat is totally nasty on him…..I hope he looks better in his regular ‘Sherlock’ look.

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  • csi912

    Remember, Sherlock Holmes is a master of disguise. He often dressed up in peddler, hobo, or whatever kind of clothes was best suited for his current investigation. The Charlie Chaplin attire, I’m sure, is that kind of thing. And while I hope they don’t put him in that silly houndstooth cap all other representations (except for Jeremy Brett’s) had placed on his head, I’m sure we’ll see the same well maintained, impeccably dressed Holmes that we all know and love.

  • shanghai

    Iron Man and the Chocolate Factory

  • marbsromo
  • http://http;MARUJA75BLOGSPOT M. Antonieta

    En cualquier papel que interprete, esta optimo, asi va a pasar con este . Despues de hacer de Chaplin me enamore de sus actuaciones.

  • Sean

    If you like this look and approve of it, off yourself now.

  • TheWraith

    It looks to me as though Holmes were in disguise here. There’s no way this would be his regular dress, even in this film. Holmes went undercover fairly regularly in the canon books, also in the myriad pastiches.

    Having said that, RDJ is still not my idea of Sherlock Holmes. He lacks the physical characteristics needed for the character, and I don’t see Jude Law as Watson either. Any Holmes production rests solidly on the casting of the Holmes/Watson team, and whenever that has fallen flat, everything else (naturally) follows suit. This film is miscast, pure and simple, and I thusly don’t see it succeeding.

  • sheryl

    Excellent cast! Looking forward to this movie very much!!

  • Naiphonn

    Come on everyone, this is a set of photos of ONE SCENE! He may or may not be in disguise, but let’s all wait a little longer and get more info before we all jump on the “I hate this film!!” bandwagon.

    Besides, it’s not even based on Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, it is (I believe) based on an upcoming graphic novel based on ‘classic’ herlock holmes, but updating it to be more ‘action-y’.

    Everyone who has played Sherlock Holmes well in the past aside, what is the problem with trying to do a new and fresh take on a character. Do we relly just want to see what has come before all over again? Just think of The Dark Knight. I remember people absolutely HATING on the first picture of Heath Ledger’s Joker that came out, but then look……turned out to be an almost universally acclaimed and fantastic performance. Just give it time!!

  • Captain Average

    It seems pretty obvious to me that these pictures show Holmes in disguise. [You will remember that he does use disguises a lot.]

  • Computer basics

    “I can’t wait for this. I think RDJr will do a very believable French accent.”
    Just FYI, Holmes is not French. He’s English.

    As for the pictures… He doesn’t look the part at all, and why wouldn’t you cast *an Englishman* to play one of the great English characters?

    /Jeremy Brett FTW

  • katt

    he’s too short..sherlock holmes shud be tall, I think hugh laurie in house is the best match for the role..(or has he done that role before??)hmm…

  • Algernon blackwood

    Hey!! Take a look at this comment about the pictures posted here.

  • Chelsea

    That is NOT Sherlock Holmes unless he is disguise! I love RDJ but there is no way he’ll be able to be SH better than anybody.


  • Keith

    Asinine. Ludicrous. Holmes was depicted in the books as being of a stately, upright bearing and a fearsome demeanor. Downey’s version looks like an alcoholic drug abuser (gee, what a surprise, right?). Please tell me, in which story was Holmes described as looking like a homeless street bum?

  • Algernon blackwood

    Folks I implore you. Look at the following link from The mystery behind the pics is revealed there…

  • Brett

    Ritchie’s film will portray Holmes as more of an action hero. He will engage in martial arts combat during the film. it’s clearly skewed for a popcorn audience as opposed to anyone looking for the Jeremy Brett version of Holmes. While Downey’s version will not be in the vein of the two best Holmes (Jeremy Brett and Basil Rathbone), I’m sure it will be entertaining.

  • Adriana

    This look is all wrong. Dr. Watson wears the bowler hat… not that this movie has much hope of topping the Sherlock Holmes series starring Brett anyway.

  • Dr smith

    The best ever Sherlock Holmes played by Soviet actor…

  • prtfvr

    Read all the comments and here are my unsolicited and who gives a crap responses:

    1) Shouldn’t he be smoking a pipe?

    Well, I’m guessing that they were setting up a scene especially since I’m pretty sure that Starbucks didn’t exist back then.

    2) He looks horrible as Sherlock Holmes.

    This has already been talked about but let’s just say that we have no idea what’s going on in that scene or if he’s even supposed to look like Sherlock in the picture.

    3) Sherlock Holmes shouldn’t be played by an American.

    Now, this one really gets me. It often seems to me that most leads in movies AREN’T American at all. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine?! I was so angry. An Aussie who’s over 6′ tall playing the short, grouchy Wolverine? Guess what? He was great.

    Christian Bale as Batman?! What were they thinking? Batman is as American as apple pie. Christian Bale was great.

    Cate Blanchett is often cast as an American and she’s great.

    Let’s see, who else has been cast as an American?

    Michael J. Fox
    Ryan Reynolds
    Kate Winslet
    Jude Law

    One of America’s top show has Hugh Laurie cast as an American.

    In summary: get over it.

  • Brandon

    Does anyone know the specific location of filming please? I really wanna get Rachel McAdams autograph!

  • Jennifer

    I can only hope that it’s just a costume where Holmes is going under cover or something, and not his new look for the whole film. He looks like a hobo. Also, Holmes didn’t wear a bowler. He wore a deerstalker cap and top hats. I don’t expect anyone to ever take on the character like the late Jeremy Brett did, but… gee. So far it seems totally different from the stories. But I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all comes to together. :-/

  • Irene

    Gosh, i can never take him as SH for a second……He lacks everything that defines Sherlock holmes…..

    Why can’t they just choose a Brit????

  • James

    I think some have already said so but I think he looks too trashy for Sherlock Holmes. Holmes always prided himself on looking good and clean. Guy Richie directing this should be warning enough for someone to say “pass” at the theatre but maybe a decent rental.

  • Philup

    As SImon said below .. If you have ever read the books ,
    Holmes was a master of disquise and often worked at length
    in this manner.

  • Mara

    Sherlock Holmeeeeeees ♥

  • filmfanatic

    hmmm…. that will be an experience won’t it?
    First Iron now investigative!

  • Setaf

    I would say that this set of pics look like they are from a scene with people from the seedier parts of London. See the last photo. Downey therfore is probably in disguise as it is well known Holmes took on many parts. As far as Downey himself, yes he lacks the most notable physical traits of Holmes, but I will have to wait until more data is made available. The drug use has been discussed and those posters who are the most vocal should perhaps read the Canon and then do a bit of studying of the 19th century culture in London before making rash accusations and statements.

  • sebo964

    yeah charlie chaplin, but defintely NOT sherlock holmes

  • DMcc

    Obviously, you guys have never read Holmes stories before. He’s in disguise as a beggar or general street urchin. Holmes did this type of thing throughout Conan Doyle’s stories.


  • DMcc

    Obviously, you guys have never read Holmes stories before. He’s in disguise as a beggar or general street urchin. Holmes did this type of thing throughout Conan Doyle’s stories.


  • DMcc

    Obviously, you guys haven’t read Holmes’ stories before. He is in disguise as a beggar or general street urchin. Sherlock Holmes did this quite a bit in Conan Doyle’s stories to acquire information on the street, etc.


  • kyle

    This appears to be one of many of Holmes’ disguises. Many, many times in the stories, he would “dress-down” just like this to fit in with the “lower-levels” of London society. That’s how Holmes would often do his recon work on cases. Not to worry.

  • emmy martin

    I’M in love with him.Hi is so sexy. I love you robert.

  • emmy martin

    Roberti Downey Jr……. mmmmmmmmmm…is a hot guy that can burn woman’s heart…i like his style when it comes in clothing…

  • toddy

    RDJ is a great actor he should do well. Wish they would leave the love story out of ot though its a detective story after all. Don’t really rate Jude Law or Rachel Mcadams as actors though they could have done better there. The redhead looks gorgeous though (press conference pics) haven’t seen her in anything so don’t know about her acting. Baron Cohens version should be a hoot though !

  • toddy

    RDJ will be great as always

    Jude Law – i’ll reserve judgement

    Rachel Mcadams – dont really rate her they could have cast better. Perhaps Amy Adams or Liv Tyler.?

    Not sure what the redhead’s name is in the press conference pics, never saw her in anything so can’t say. She’s gorgeous though!

    Baron Cohen’s version will be a hoot no doubt

  • MM

    Not even close to Sherlock !! The best Sherlock what i have seen is in russian movie, with Vasilii Levanov as Sherlock Holmes.

  • lt donovan

    I think he will be a fabulous Holmes and feel that he brings so much talent to any role he takes on since he’s cleaned up his act. He was amazing in “Fur,the Diane Arbus story’ and I loved him in ‘Tropic Thunder’.

    Personally,I couldn’t stand RDJ’s acting when he was getting high, but now that he’s got our attention I look forward to more of his work. I also think Jude Law will be a great Watson..He has the dry wit , stage presence & sophistication of the old greats,

    Looking forward to seeing this movie.I ‘d like to see Ritchie have a hit for a change.

  • Jenn

    Mmm, sexy. Yeah.

  • Chegs-HUn

    Does anyone know who the guy (not RDJ or GR) in picture 8 is?

  • elliot james

    Downey is a good actor. Will he be a good Holmes. We will just have to wait and see the film. Considering the brilliance of the performers who have done Holmes before him…Brett, Rathbone, Cushing, Plummer…he has a lot of work ahead.

  • Colin

    Okay, if this is supposed to be a disguise, why is it so easy to recognize him? Did anyone here really have any trouble spotting that this is Robert Downey, Jr.? Ah, that must be it! Sherlock Holmes is disguised as Robert Downey, Jr. as Charlie Chaplin! Brilliant!

  • Jay

    What a joke…that 2 after the scintillating Jeremy Brett. I’d watch this movie only for its comedy element.Things couldn’t get worse for a generation hooked onto The Greatest Sherlock Holmes ever…Jeremy Brett