ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
SHERLOCK HOLMES - A GAME OF SHADOWS
Talks about his career, becoming a dad again, and working with his wife Susan, who is also producer (and therefore his boss) of the movie.
Q: How did you enjoy the costumes?
Yeah… I just always want to do more. The bar was pretty high on the action in the first one which just bothered me because I was like, well if we don’t beat this or do something new, or different, or five times better, I’m going to be miserable. And maybe I put too much stock in this stuff. Because I take it really personally if we're not doing as well as we could. We only had a little more money but we still wanted to make everything bigger.
Q: How is it playing the same character in a franchise?
The best part about being able to play the same character repeatedly is if you get it right enough the first time, that you get to do it again. I like the way that there’s enough understanding and enough knowledge about the character and there’s enough research out there.
Q: Are you and Jude doing Some Like It Hot with Guy directing?
That’s called act two of Sherlock 2: A Game of Shadows. No, the Mrs, Susan, referenced that a while ago. That’s what it reminded her of when I was wearing a dress. I thought I looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dwarf brother. That’s what I thought I looked like, as well as the lead singer from The Cure, Robert Smith.
Q: Were there a lot more physical challenges? Did you have to train a lot more?
As far as me being in shape, I think you and I should probably talk about that for a half an hour as it is my favorite topic.
Q: Have you ever had a guy friendship or bromance like Holmes and Watson?
Yeah, well, Jude and I are pretty close but Guy (Richie) and I are practically brothers which makes things really interesting. There have been times when I’ve wanted to lop off his head with a machete, but it’s because I love him so much
Q: Having done two of these, do you feel a sense of ownership towards Sherlock? Do you have any interest in the other portrayals of him?
Yeah. Whenever I watch someone doing something, even if it doesn’t turn out so great, I at least admire their intentions. I know that there’s some kind of quintessential performances that have happened out there. I’ve heard more about the series than I’ve seen but I’m intrigued by it. I think it’s important that we’re all part of the same collective of honoring this great writer and his stories.