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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.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Sherlock Holmes’ new look — HOT or NOT?

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Credit: Big Pictures; Photos: INFdaily, Bauergriffinonline
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Sherlock was dope addict.

barky von schnauser @ 10/11/2008 at 9:45 am

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!”

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

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

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!)

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.

Rotenbaron @ 10/11/2008 at 1:09 pm


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.

Iron Man and the Chocolate Factory

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

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

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.

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

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 @ 10/12/2008 at 2:22 am

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

“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

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 @ 10/12/2008 at 8:57 am

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

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.


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 @ 10/12/2008 at 10:27 pm

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

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.

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.

The best ever Sherlock Holmes played by Soviet actor…

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