Robert Downey Jr officially Sherlock

He’ll play Holmes for Guy Ritchie…

It’s been rumoured for nearly a month now, but the doors of 221B Baker Street have officially been flung open for Robert Downey Jr as he prepares to take on the deerstalker cap and opium addition of Sherlock Holmes for Guy Ritchie.

According to Variety’s story, the man of Iron was enticed to sign by Ritchie’s re-write of Anthony Peckham’s script, which apparently gives Holmes the chance to use brawn as well as brain. There’s no word on a Watson yet, but the big question on everyone’s lips must surely be this: can he make the character as funny as Sacha Baron Cohen plans to? What do you mean it’s a serious drama? Oh, right…


    • FBJPech

      Oct 29th 2011, 12:07

      igh Doesn't anybody read the ACD books these days? I don't know how many times I've seen this error posted in numerous places. It's not opium he takes. It's cocaine & morphine. Can add tobacco & alcohol to the list too, if go by the label Watson gave, as "self-poisoner.". The somewhat annoying errors (for a Sherlockian) in character interpretation in comparing them to the canon, however, does not deter from the enjoyment gained in its watching. Just that if one is going to "play the game, " according to the canon, one needs be accurate. This is gonna be a longish post, so bear with me. Quotes from the Canon [emphasis's mine]: "Hence the cocaine. I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world?" Straight from Holmes' mouth, in "The Sign of the Four" "For me," said Sherlock Holmes, "there still remains the cocaine-bottle." And he stretched his long white hand up for it. Straight from Holmes mouth, in "The Sign of the Four" ..."Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature. Watson, about Holmes From "A Scandal in Bohemia" The quote below may be where people get confused about what drugs he uses, but as one can easily see, opium is not one of them. Just that Holmes sees that Watson supposes he has added opium to the list.: "I suppose, Watson,” said he, “that you imagine that I have added opium-smoking to cocaine injections, and all the other little weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical views. " Holmes in "The Man with the Twisted Lip" A lengthy, but well worth quote: Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined arm-chair with a long sigh of satisfaction. Three times a day for many months I had witnessed this performance, but custom had not reconciled my mind to it. ... Watson in "Sign of the Four" Those underlined attributes in the above quote, are not the evidences & habits of an occasional user. One does not sport "innumerable puncture-marks" , nor "preform the habit of "Three times a day for many months..." unless one is a long-time, oft user. From the same section of text as above: ...“Which is it to-day?” I asked,—“morphine or cocaine?” He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. “It is cocaine,” he said,—“a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it?” Straight from Holmes' mouth, in "Sign of the Four" "...chemistry eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime records unique, violin-player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco...." Watson about Holmes, in "The Five Orange Pips" The cocaine/morphine was hinted at here: "He was a man of habits, narrow and concentrated habits, and I had become one of them. As an institution I was like the violin, the shag tobacco, the old black pipe, the index books, and others perhaps less excusable." Watson, in "The Adventure of the Creeping Man" If you want to add bipolar to the mix: "In his singular character the dual nature alternately asserted itself, and his extreme exactness and astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction against the poetic and contemplative mood which occasionally predominated in him. The swing of his nature took him from extreme languor to devouring energy; and, as I knew well, he was never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been lounging in his armchair amid his improvisations and his black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a man whose knowledge was not that of other mortals." Watson about Holmes From "The Red Headed League" That's only one quote. I know there's more, but would have to go thru a more detailed search to find them. Might as well go on with his cat-like state of dress & personal grooming, which is in stark contrast to his habitual slovenly state in the Guy Richie films: "An anomaly which often struck me in the character of my friend Sherlock Holmes was that, although in his methods of thought he was the neatest and most methodical of mankind, and although also he affected a certain quiet primness of dress, he was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction." Watson about Holmes From "The Musgrave Ritual" "...with that cat-like love of personal cleanliness which was one of his characteristics, that his chin should be as smooth and his linen as perfect as if he were in Baker Street. ..." Watson, about Holmes, in "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" However, when he lets himself go, he lets himself go, which would indeed be seen as a slovenly state, just not continually, as portrayed in the Guy Richie films. Again, however, this neat & prim state was only in his personal dress. it was quite the opposite otherwise, as witness in the mess of his rooms: ."..his methods of thought he was the neatest and most methodical of mankind, and although also he affected a certain quiet primness of dress, he was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men..." Watson about Holmes From "The Musgrave Ritual" "...Mrs. Hudson, the landlady of Sherlock Holmes, was a long-suffering woman. Not only was her first-floor flat invaded at all hours by throngs of singular and often undesirable characters but her remarkable lodger showed an eccentricity and irregularity in his life which must have sorely tried her patience. His incredible untidiness, his addiction to music at strange hours, his occasional revolver practice within doors, his weird and often malodorous scientific experiments, and the atmosphere of violence and danger which hung around him made him the very worst tenant in London." Watson about Holmes [& Mrs Hudson] From "The Adventure of the Dying Detective" Another lengthy section of text: "Our chambers were always full of chemicals and of criminal relics which had a way of wandering into unlikely positions, and of turning up n the butter-dish or in even less desirable places. But his papers were my great crux. He had a horror of destroying documents, especially those which were connected with his past cases, and yet it was only once in every year or two that he would muster energy to docket and arrange them; for, as I have mentioned somewhere in these incoherent memoirs, the outbursts of passionate energy when he performed the remarkable feats with which his name is associated were followed by reactions of lethargy during which he would lie about with his violin and his books, hardly moving save from the sofa to the table. Thus month after month his papers accumulated, until every corner of the room was stacked with bundles of manuscript which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner. " Watson, in "The Musgrave Ritual" Thanks for reading :^)

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    • FBJPech

      Oct 29th 2011, 12:12

      pffff! oh, lovely, formatted text, copy/paste, but the posting peripherals apparently doesn't allow for such extra stuff. so, if anyone has a trouble sorting thru the above mess, please feel free to ask for the complete formatted text from me on my facebook page. or thru my email, if it is displayed on this site in my profile .

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