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Sherlock Holmes Has the Law on His Side

by admin September 19, 2008 4:46 pm
Sherlock Holmes Has the Law on His Side

Did you know that Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson" in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's written works? The line pops up in movies, but the exact phrasing never shows up in the original stories. Why am I bringing this up? No reason, except that I just wanted to. In actual news, Variety is reporting that Jude Law is in talks to play Dr. John Watson to Robert Downey Jr.'s Baker Street detective in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. This will be a dramatic tale, not to be confused with the Judd Apatow-produced comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Sherlock and Will Ferrell as sidekick Watson. My first thought is, "Man, the movie theaters are going to be chock full of Sherlocks." My second thought is, "I kind of wish Law and Ferrell would switch places."

It's not so much that I want to see Ferrell in a dramatic role (although I kind of do, just for a change from his frequent man-boy roles), but I'd really like to see Law in a comedic role. Not in a romantic comedy, or a dark comedy, or an existential comedy, but something more along the lines of a fall-down slapstick comedy. He's already proved himself in serious roles, from an adequate sexbot, to a creepy hitman, to the doomed object of Mr. Ripley's talents. Why not take a stab at something goofy? You never know when Holmes and Watson might be called on to dress up like heiresses.

But back to the movie Law is actually up for: According to the report, the story will be drawing from the comic book Sherlock Holmes, as well as from the stories by Doyle. That's some serious source material. [Luckily, Law has already acted alongside a film Holmes -- his Sleuth co-star Michael Caine played a dim-witted Sherlock in 1988's Without a Clue, with Ben Kingsley as his brilliant Watson. - Zach]

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