SHERLOCK HOLMES Press Conference – Producer Joel Silver, Robert Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams

     July 26, 2009

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There were many who said that Guy Ritchie’s new Sherlock Holmes movie was not an authentic interpretation of the character. To this star Robert Downey Jr. says “My take is what the puritans expect if the puritans know what they are talking about.” He went on to reference some of the more traditionally, iconic Sherlock traits (most notably the pipe) were not part of the original character. “Right off the bat, many of the props associated with Holmes never appeared in the novels and short stories, except the deerhunter hat, maybe once, for a minute, and even that was described differently.” And so it seems from Friday’s discussion with Mr. Downey Jr, Rachel McAdams, and producers Joel Silver, Dan Lin, Lionel Wigram, and Susan Downey that this is absolutely the film’s unified direction… an unflinching action adventure that stays true to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original material.

Hit the jump to hear more on the Sherlock and his bromance with Watson.

Sherlock Holmes movie press conference comic-con - Joel Silver, Robert Downey Jr and Rachel McAdams.jpg“It’s really a love story between Holmes and Watson.” joked Rachael McAdams. To this Downey Jr. smiled devilishly and described their relationship as “circumstantial homosexuality” to which everyone laughed. It was clear that the friendship between Downey Jr.’s Holmes and Jude Law’s Watson spilled over from the screen into their real life. Even though Law could not be present he was clearly represented in spirit by the cast. “Jude is the right arm of the movie,” said Downey Jr., “We kept talking about getting into the spirit of what does it mean when two people are so close they almost can’t stand each other, but they can’t stand on their own without each other. We felt Doyle was giving us a first look at what was essentially a two-hander.”

Here are a few more clues we uncovered from the Sherlock team:

-When asked about the gadgets that are featured in the film, it was revealed that great lengths were used to keep the gadgets authentic to the time. “It’s not like Wild Wild West,” replied producer Joel Silver, “It feels like it’s shot in 1841.”

-Visually, audiences will definitely be able to recognize Guy Ritchie’s signature style, though he approached the project in a manner that respects the time and material.


-Rachel McAdams loved the elaborate costumes for the film. “I’m such a girly girl,” she said, “It was just heaven being dressed up like a paper doll.”

-Joel Silver said that throughout the production Downey Jr and Jude Law would constantly keep a copy of the original books nearby, frequently referring to them for character guidance, and often lifting lines for the movie straight from the original text.

-Through the production, Director Guy Ritchie refered to Jude Law as “Hotson”

-When asked about Joel Silver’s long rumored He-Man movie, he said “It’s a project we are very excited about, but we’re not there yet.”

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