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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. 101
    Alan mclean Says:

    what? if anything the casting’s the wrong way around with jude looking more like the conan doyle description of holmes. it looks like downey’s just reprising his role as chaplin.

    seriously i love holmes, law and downey and will watch everything concerning any of them but what the hell is ritchie thinking, i mean his choices have been going down hill fast ever since he made the primary mistake of hollywood – “never marry madonna” and it looks like the divorce isn’t helping his movies any. plus from what i hear holmes won’t be doing any drugs in this version which is the only reason i can think of downey getting the part in the first place.

    i’m not looking forward to this one little bit

  2. 102
    arcamedies Says:

    Doyle”s visual description of Holmes is less exact then most imagine. The deer stocker hat was simply “A floppy hat” and he didn’t smoke a Calabash pipe, he smoked a briar. Sidney Paget’s illustrations in Strand magazine (where the stories first appeared) is the source of Sherlock Holmes’ popular image.
    Holmes often dressed as a local in order to blend in, it’s an action sequence, Downey’s appearance could mean anything?

  3. 103
    david Says:

    i dnt think he looks like a holmes, holmes wasnt poor looking. I also dnt think he suits the part to play holmes either. I think hugh jackman could play holmes correctly

  4. 104
    NIGEL Says:

    No one can match Jeremy Brett; he is Sherlock Holmes.

    Downey looks like Charlie Chaplin and is out of his depth.

    Hopefully he doesn’t have a cheap imitation English accent stolen from

    the stage. This role requires the skills of an original English actor and

    not an American wannabe.

    Will Watson be a bumbling fool to make Holmes seem more

    intelligent? Give it up boy’s, Granada TV got it right with Brett.

    So long.

  5. 105
    Honeyrilla Says:

    I love Sherlock Holmes. Seeing these pictures makes me wonder how well Guy and Robert will be able to pull this off. When I first saw the pictures, I too thought that he didn’t look quite like Sherlock Holmes. He does look more like Charlie Chaplin. I cannot believe that the wardrobe folks and Guy are letting him dress like this. Sherlock Holmes is dapper. He’s impeccably dressed. Everything is crisp and in its place. His hair is perfectly coiffed. His clothes are perfectly tailored. They’re going to have to do something about this. I don’t think a “dowdy” looking Sherlock Holmes is going to fly. Definitely get rid of the bowler hat.

  6. 106
    rdjlover Says:

    i cant wait to see this movie with his comeback as the great tony stark in iron man and kirk lazurus in tropic thunder he is a very talented actor i cant wait to see how he makes a mark as the great sherlock holmes and hell always look like charlie chaplin with a bowler cause he played him sherlock too me is definetly more of a top hat guy

  7. 107
    YEEEEEEEUH! Says:

    HE’S SO DAMN CUTE HAHAHAH.
    and dude whoever se is is such a dumbass…robert downey jr. was in jail for all that drug abuse and crap a LONG time ago. DONT YOU KNOW!??!?!?!? HE’S TURNED HIS LIFE 180 DEGREES AROUND. HE’S BACK IN THE GAME BABY!

  8. 108
    veridicus12 Says:

    I’ve read all sixty stories by arther conan doyle and never did he wear a bolla hat, he wore a dear stlker (cap with two picks front and rear) nor was he slovenly dressed and he certainly never looked like he was hung over. this movie is not off to a good start/

  9. 109
    Nickycanham Says:

    I think Robert Downey Jr will make a great Sherlock Holmes, he’s a very talented actor and as he’s shown he can turn his hand pretty much any part.
    He’s already portrayed Chaplin so we know he’s good at the British accent, and we also he’s good at period films.
    I say give him a chance, I believe he will make a fine Sherlock Holmes. Go for it Rob, good on you for going there!

  10. 110
    Sjoyyyy Says:

    hey..he luks a bit lyk Charlie Chaplin..And Accrdng 2 d novels Sherlock holmes s tall..well lets see wat happens

  11. 111
    Ray M Says:

    Warner Brothers told Guy Richie to reshoot the film because they told him that it wasn’t good enough.Robert Downley Jr look more like Charlie Chaplain.It was teh role he played in the 1990′s and the film was a box office flop.If you want to watch Sherlock Holmes I recommend the DVD box set of the TV series starring Jeremy Brett.

  12. 112
    YOJAN17 Says:

    He doesn’t look the part. Isn’t Holmes supposed to be taller and skinnier? Well, we’ll see.

  13. 113
    Ted Smtih Says:

    He is a great actor, and also handsome. The problem is that Sherlock Holmes was not handsome or charming. There has only been one screen adaption that has gotten the Holmes character right and it looks like this is going to be another in a long list of Holmes movies or tv shows that portrays Holmes exactly opposite of how he was written. Why cant Hollywood understand what made Holmes a classic and just go with that instead of “improving” it.

  14. 114
    Andrea Says:

    Robert Downey Jr. is GREAT!!! The best actor there has ever been and his comeback story makes him even better!

  15. 115
    BOB Says:

    Il a déjà joué le rôle de Chaplin, très bon d’ailleurs, mais là pour un Sherlock??…Non merci !!!
    Vive Basil Rathbone….
    Robert DJ ok, mais pas en Charlie ou en brigade du tigre à la française, je suis désolé mais c’est pas comme ça que je vois Sherlock Holmes.
    Ce n’est que mon avis.
    A chacun sa vision.
    Bob

  16. 116
    dzawski Says:

    Besides looking like Charlie Chaplan, imagining him as Sherlock Holmes gives me the creeps. Such a weak person playing such a strong character.
    too bad.

  17. 117
    booyah Says:

    agreed. he looks like charlie chaplin. as i recall, sherlock holmes looks like a real gentleman, with mysterious aura. but i don’t know, robert downey’s acting is pretty good, i don’t even think he’s a superhero material until i saw iron man, and he was believable in it. soooo yeaaa why not give him another shot?

  18. 118
    ademska Says:

    dzawski,
    Weak? Seriously? Do you know how strong a person it takes to successfully overcome an addiction and make it *stick*? RDJ’s both had and done a lot of bad **** in his life but his massive turnaround over a period of several years is I think a testament to his strength.

    Besides, it’s not like Holmes wasn’t an addict.

  19. 119
    v.h.b. Says:

    I’d have liked to see late Jeremy Brett’s and Basil Rathbone’s reaction.
    RDJ is C-H-A-R-L-I-E C-H-A-P-L-I-N !

  20. 120
    thomas Says:

    Downey looks absurd as Sherlock Holmes. There is nothing in Conan Doyle’s description of his detective that resembles Downey’s costumes. Even when Downey is trying to look the part, I cannot imagine anything about his portrayal that will even begin to suggest Sherlock Holmes. Whoever cast Downey as Sherlock Holmes has obviously never read a Sherlock Holmes story. I am not going to ruin a part of my Christmas Day by going to see a film such as this.

  21. 121
    Jonathan whelan Says:

    You are all idiots. Read the books before you comment. Sherlock Holmes was a master of disguise. This is obviously one of his disguises – a bum by the looks of it.

    I say again – idiots!

  22. 122
    helena Says:

    This has got to be a joke in poor taste. Nothing against Robert Downy Jr. but NOT for the Holmes character. Please tell me this is a joke. Couldn’t they find an actor more like the late Jeremy Brett? Tall, slender, and classy?

  23. 123
    helena Says:

    here’s an idea…Hugh Laurie and he’s British!!

  24. 124
    Chris Says:

    These photos are from informal between takes. The preview shows RD looking sharper and mores Holmes-like. In the stories, Holmes is occasionally unkempt, either because he is in a drug-induced stupor or he is relaxing in his chair, or because he is in disguise, for Holmes loves acting a part in his investigations. I think Downey is a brilliant choice for the role. He has the background to understand the depths and heights of Sherlock Holmes, and the professional integrity to study for the part by actually READING the source material.
    This is my next must-see movie.

  25. 125
    Bullet Says:

    I like their choice of Downey Jr. for Holmes.
    They put a comedic twist on a serious character but I think he’ll do well.
    I hate the fact that people are saying that Robert is a wrong choice for Holmes. This will be a second Iconic Role for him. First being Iron Man.

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