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January 5, 2010
Robert Downey Jr’s Gay Comments May Axe Sherlock 2
— Posted by Rodney
Whoa there Downey! Seems your off the cuff style of saying the right thing has got you in a tiny bit of hot water.
His comments in an interview that suggested Sherlock Holmes and Watson “could” be gay has raised an eyebrow of the wrong person. The one person that could stop him from getting to play the character again.
Andrea Plunket, who holds the copyright to the super sleuth in the US, says that if Guy Ritchie and company plan to pursue a homosexual storyline for Holmes and Watson, they can forget about releasing a sequel. “It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future,” Plunket was reported as saying in Total Film.
Now Plunket might want to watch that film again. Hell, check out the trailer. I haven’t seen the movie and even in the trailer it seems they have a deep bromance going on, which is teased as them being gay by one of the (hottest) title characters “they have been flirting like this all day”
Plunket is criticizing that she would not allow the film to have a sequel if they persue this gay storyline. Because it is “not true to the spirit of the books”
The biggest criticism of the film leading in was that this was NOT a traditional Sherlock Holmes. He is messy, eccentric borderline crazy and inappropriate. The Sherlock in the books and in every other film rendition of him he has been calm, introspective, wise, and a pure gentleman.
So that he “flirts” with his bestie is just one more thing on a train that is already off the rails.
After confronted on her statement Plunket seems to backpedal saying “I hope this is just an example of Mr. Downey’s black sense of humor”.
I don’t know if this will see a sequel, but if it does it will likely be based on its current success. It would make sense to keep elements that made the first one succeed.
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