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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law Play Gay in Sherlock Holmes?


I've previously reported that Guy Ritchie's new Sherlock Holmes film would focus more on Holmes' physicality (thus the shirtless photos we've seen so far), however, it's being reported that the physicality may extend to Sherlock's partner Watson. The two reportedly sleep together in the film.

Brit tab News of the World reports:

"Super sleuth Sherlock Holmes is to be portrayed in a gay way in Guy Ritchie’s new flick. The fictional him-vestigator is seen share a bed with his dear, dear, Dr Watson and also enjoying some man-to-man wrestling with his close chum. Speaking about the film, in which he plays Sherlock, Robert Downey Jr said: 'We’re two men who happen to be room-mates, wrestle a lot and share a bed. It’s badass.' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary character is famous for donning his deerstalker hat, puffing on a pipe and solving mysteries with his trusted sidekick. Jude Law, who plays Watson in the film, added: 'Guy wanted to make this about the relationship between Watson and Holmes. They’re both mean and complicated.'"

Perhaps that's what really set Jude Law's crotch on fire.

It was recently reported that Warner Bros. demanded five weeks' worth of scenes for being "ridiculously unrealistic" but those reports have been denied by a studio spokesman, who said executives haven't even seen the movie, but are pleased with the footage shot thus far.

Six seconds of footage which was screened last night during the Oscar credits, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. In Billy Wilder's Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, made in 1970, Robert Stephens' Holmes refuses the advances of a ballerina--who wants his child--by telling her that he and Watson are lovers. Watson is appalled by the idea but we see Holmes hanging out with some very camp ballet boys later and (IIRC) the film leaves the question of his sexuality in the air.

    Posted by: John C | Feb 23, 2009 9:44:48 AM

  2. I've been trying to improve my vocabulary, so today I will try to work "him-vestigator" into a sentence at least 3 times.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 23, 2009 9:47:34 AM

  3. This all sounds a tad pointless given the Victorian mores at work in the setting. The whole point was that Watson was a man who could hang around Holmes all the time because there would Not be the sexual tension of having a female sidekick. Let's try this: make Holmes gay and Dr. Watson a woman!

    Posted by: anon | Feb 23, 2009 10:48:22 AM

  4. The wonderful Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, starring Jeremy Brett, played with this idea. There was even an amazing 2 part episode called The Master Blackmailer, that had several homosexual characters (including the blackmailer himself) and even had a scene set in a Victorian gay bar. At one point, Holmes and Watson intimate to the blackmailer that they are 'dearest friends' in order to lure him in. Brett was arguably the best Sherlock Holmes ever to make it to the screen. I love Robert Downey, but Holmes was the role Brett was born to play.

    Posted by: AMS | Feb 23, 2009 8:40:38 PM

  5. Well, we LGBT always stand in one line. "We do support each other to get more rights just as equal as others.." said on the forum of Anyway, we will get and learn more from it. Hope the world is beautiful for LGBT too.

    Posted by: Joekener | Feb 23, 2009 11:01:18 PM

  6. This rumor is out of control. Robert Downey Jr was just kidding. The relationship they are exploring between Holmes and Watson in the movie is their friendship, not something sexual.

    Posted by: J.W. | Feb 24, 2009 6:54:07 PM

  7. Off-topic, Rachel McAdams looks like Helena Bonham Carter here. I have a feeling her character might complicate things between Holmes and Watson...

    Posted by: Marti | Apr 2, 2009 1:35:05 PM

  8. I haven't seen this movie yet, but Jude Law is now my official man-crush. There... I said it!

    Posted by: Kent Pribbernow | May 30, 2009 6:41:07 PM

  9. Extrordinary entertainment! I was charmed by the both Holmes and Watson.... Does anyone know why Watson limps?

    Cant wait to see it again

    Posted by: S. White | Jan 11, 2010 1:42:21 AM

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