‘Sherlock Holmes’ 2: Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘recovery group’ idea for sequel survivors

Jan. 13, 2011 | 5:45 p.m.
sherlock holmes 2 Sherlock Holmes 2: Robert Downey Jr.s recovery group idea for sequel survivors

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. in "Sherlock Holmes" sequel (Warner Bros.)

On a frigid November morning, as steam rises from train engines burning fiery coal in a century-old rail depot, Sherlock Holmes is in trouble. Blood on the side of his face, he’s fleeing the staccato rat-tat-tat of 19th century gunfire. Fortunately, his loyal friend Dr. Watson is at his side, as is a rifle-toting gypsy. Outside the depot, Watson and Holmes fumble with their guns to get a bead on their assailants, but the gypsy woman, Sim, beats them to it. She confidently cocks her rifle. Boom! A man falls dead. On beat, Watson and Holmes look at each other with surprise.

The sequence, unfolding on the grounds of the train museum in Didcot, 40 minutes by rail from London’s Paddington Station, is from the as-yet-untitled sequel to director Guy Ritchie’s 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s signature literary creation and Jude Law as Watson. The new film is due for release in December.

robert downey jr ap Sherlock Holmes 2: Robert Downey Jr.s recovery group idea for sequel survivors

Robert Downey Jr. at European premiere of "Due Date" on Nov. 3, 2010. (Joel Ryan / Associated Press)

This time, though, the compatriots are joined by the feisty Sim, played by actress Noomi Rapace, perhaps still best known to audiences for originating the role of punk rock computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish movie adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. Also making an appearance is Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes, played by actor Stephen Fry, a character who producer Susan Downey describes as “stranger and perhaps even more brilliant” than the English detective.

Set in 1891 — a year after the last film’s events — the sequel shows Holmes continuing his pursuit of Professor Moriarty (played by Jared Harris), who, if the investigator’s instincts are correct, might be the world’s first supervillain. Watson, meanwhile, is still trying to be a good partner to his love, Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly), while keeping Sherlock alive.

From the looks of things, that latter task won’t be particularly easy, given that Ritchie appears to be continuing with the gritty, stylized approach he adopted for the first movie. “I think one of the most exciting things in this one is the fear level,” says Law. “We get pretty kicked around. Just look at the state of us.”

“Unlike last time, where Holmes kept getting Watson into trouble,” adds actor Downey, “this time Watson is getting Holmes out of trouble, and they’re both in deeper trouble than I think the audience could have imagined we could go…. All manner of nastiness has just occurred.”

Later in the day, Downey and Law are positioned behind a cargo crate on the edge of the depot for another scene in which their characters are again under fire. A battered-looking Holmes fires his meek little pistol, but then Watson, who carries what appears to be a portable Gatling gun, dishes out an awkward volley (with the herky-jerky movement of a 1980s-era bass player). What he lacks in precision, he makes up for in bullets fired.

“They get their hands on a few things that were a little ahead of their time,” Susan Downey, who is married to the actor, observes. A short time later, in a small heated tent along the rail side, Law — wearing a 19th century handlebar mustache — expressed hope that audiences who took to the first film will keep up with the next stage of the serial. “We have no intention of going back and patronizing people by re-covering the same ground,” says Law.

Actor Downey, like a good partner, continues the thought. “Look, I’ve done a sequel or two now — I feel like I should be in a recovery group for sequel-itis survivors. First, there is a bit of inflation. Then, you say, ‘We have to work harder.’ Then you work harder, but not smarter.”

— Eric Pape


garfield5 Sherlock Holmes 2: Robert Downey Jr.s recovery group idea for sequel survivors

FIRST LOOK: Andrew Garfield as Spidey

James Bond (and Daniel Craig) back in 2012

Felton: “Rise of the Apes” has “brilliant” script

Robert Downey Jr. as Lestat?

“Cowboys & Aliens” challenge:  A hat for Harrison

New “Pirates” director on joys of  Johnny Depp

“X-Men”: January Jones stressed about sexy suits


12 Responses to ‘Sherlock Holmes’ 2: Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘recovery group’ idea for sequel survivors

  1. Cindy says:

    I can't wait! RDJ rocks.

  2. Jack Meoph says:

    When is Ritchie going to do “The Real RocknRolla”? Sherlock Holmes Part Duex will be good, but I really do want to see the sequel to Rocknrolla.

  3. Emily Downey ;)♥ says:

    OMG i can't wait for Sherlock Holmes 2! The first one was amazing! Robert Downey Jr. has given Holmes a new face and personality that is remarkable! I absolutley love Robert Downey! He is so hot! (and dont forget the wonderful Hotson…) but in my eyes and mind Robert Downey is Mr. Sherlock HoTmes He is an amazing actor and is insanely talented! lol ;) gotta love him!

  4. Sherlock Lover says:

    Robert Downey Jr. is without a doubt the SEXIEST man ever to play the part of Sherlock Holmes. He is magnetic, handsome, intense, and he also has the most beautiful big brown eyes I have ever seen. I have watched the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film on cable several times, and with each viewing I get more out of it. Cannot wait for the sequel, I'll be one of the first in line, just to see this amazingly talented man once again play the parts off this role. GO ROBERT—-we love you!!

  5. Anon says:

    “stranger and perhaps even more brilliant”

    Shoddy research. Whether your familiar with the novelization of holmes, or just have access to google, its easily understandable that Stephen Fry is going to play Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older, corpulent and by and large smarter brother.

  6. S Rhodes says:

    Guy Ritchie hit the freakin ball out of the atmosphere with his vision and version of S. Holmes…The music for the film was perodic yet evoking and engaging… the cinemintography was in a word, outstanding! even with the CGI. I think SH1 was his masterpiece and i was taken by surprise by his gigantic talent for film making or story telling or whatever. It was an astonishing exihbition of film craftsmanship. Overall, Downey and Law OWNED those charachters and breathed new life into an antiquated british series that was once only a required taste and they transformed it into "die if you miss it" enthralling, beconing piece of theater. Ritchie, you've found your niche!!! Downey, you are that Man! Law, your best yet!

  7. Ali says:

    i love robert downey jr.
    just sayin.

  8. mayra says:

    te amo robert downey jr s2

  9. Ethos Films says:

    Not Holmes. Not EVEN close.

    G. Josef Armstrong

  10. James Fire says:

    The second will prove to be even better than the first? Elementary!

  11. Natasha says:

    Jude law is cute but I will have to go with RDJ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

E-mail It
Powered by ShareThis