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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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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.

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

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. :-/

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????

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.

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.

Sherlock Holmeeeeeees ♥

filmfanatic @ 10/13/2008 at 7:51 pm

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

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.

yeah charlie chaplin, but defintely NOT sherlock holmes

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.


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.


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.


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 @ 10/14/2008 at 1:41 pm

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

emmy martin @ 10/14/2008 at 1:47 pm

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

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 !

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

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

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.

Mmm, sexy. Yeah.

Chegs-HUn @ 10/19/2008 at 7:55 pm

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

elliot james @ 11/08/2008 at 12:20 am

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.

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!

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

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