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Crowe is Watson?

09.01.2008

Update: Rumor, predictably, debunked.

Russell Crowe We don't like to feed crazy internet rumors but it's Labor Day weekend so there isn't a lot to report today and most of you aren't paying attention right now anyway. So on with the crazy internet rumor of the day!

The Sun is claiming that Russell Crowe is apparently thisclose to signing on to play Watson alongside Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes in writer/director Guy Ritchie's upcoming modernized adaptation of the iconic detective. They say: "Russell wants the part, Guy wants Russell. All theyíve got left to do is dot the iís and cross the tís." Really? Russell Crowe wants to play second fiddle to someone else?

Either way, in this installment, Holmes isn't just a super sleuth. He's a super sleuth who kicks ass, take names and bangs his way across London's hottie population. Thoughts?

Extra Tidbit: The last person to play Watson on screen is Roger Morlidge in the 2002 TV movie SHERLOCK.
Source: The Sun

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9:15AM on 09/02/2008

Mr Ravenwood!

You definitely need to check out Jeremy Brett as Holmes - it's pure heavenly pleasure, like a big tasty blunt!

I'm quite intrigued by the mention of Hugh Laurie - if they had to why not? Or Daniel Day-Lewis. I know someone said Toby Jones would make a great Watson and I agree.

Anyway Ritchie is all wrong for the project - remember when it was rumored that Neil "The Descent" Marshall was going to direct Holmes? That sounded way more interesting...
You definitely need to check out Jeremy Brett as Holmes - it's pure heavenly pleasure, like a big tasty blunt!

I'm quite intrigued by the mention of Hugh Laurie - if they had to why not? Or Daniel Day-Lewis. I know someone said Toby Jones would make a great Watson and I agree.

Anyway Ritchie is all wrong for the project - remember when it was rumored that Neil "The Descent" Marshall was going to direct Holmes? That sounded way more interesting...
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6:13AM on 09/02/2008
Well if this is true, then this would certainly be one hell of a good cast!
Well if this is true, then this would certainly be one hell of a good cast!
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1:09AM on 09/02/2008

Ravenwood...

Jeremy Brett was Sherlock for a bunch of miniserieses/seasons on British TV. They did, if not all, the majority of the Holmes stories.
Jeremy Brett was Sherlock for a bunch of miniserieses/seasons on British TV. They did, if not all, the majority of the Holmes stories.
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10:45PM on 09/01/2008

Having read the script...

I think this movie COULD BE a lot of fun... doesn't mean it will be. I do think, based on this version of the character that Downey would be a good fit, and believe me, I would never have thought that before reading it. I don't believe this Crowe rumor for a second. My suggestion for a Watson? Paul Bettany. Or James McAvoy if they could get him now.

And, guys? Educate me. Who is Jeremy Brett? Is he so good that I ought to be watching whatever Holmes thing he's in?
I think this movie COULD BE a lot of fun... doesn't mean it will be. I do think, based on this version of the character that Downey would be a good fit, and believe me, I would never have thought that before reading it. I don't believe this Crowe rumor for a second. My suggestion for a Watson? Paul Bettany. Or James McAvoy if they could get him now.

And, guys? Educate me. Who is Jeremy Brett? Is he so good that I ought to be watching whatever Holmes thing he's in?
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9:26PM on 09/01/2008
I think Downey would make a good Holmes, but not an ass-kicking one. I think Crowe makes a fine ass-kicking Holmes, but even with films like "The Insider" under his belt, I have trouble imagining him as Watson (though if Watson kicks ass, then I can). I'm getting a good vibe about Ritchie's latest, feeling more modern, slightly less slapstick, so maybe he's got the chops for Conan Doyle's super-sleuth. If it weren't for Downey I'd most certainly be anticipating Sacha Baron Cohen's version more,
I think Downey would make a good Holmes, but not an ass-kicking one. I think Crowe makes a fine ass-kicking Holmes, but even with films like "The Insider" under his belt, I have trouble imagining him as Watson (though if Watson kicks ass, then I can). I'm getting a good vibe about Ritchie's latest, feeling more modern, slightly less slapstick, so maybe he's got the chops for Conan Doyle's super-sleuth. If it weren't for Downey I'd most certainly be anticipating Sacha Baron Cohen's version more, but RDJ splits the difference for me. So I have no clue if this rumor is good or not.
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7:15PM on 09/01/2008

Good Actors, but...

I love Downey and Crowe. I love them both so much. But with Ritchie in charge I don't see this being as good as it would be if he didn't decide to make Holmes an "ass-kicker". I'll keep my fingers crossed, but I won't hold my breath.
I love Downey and Crowe. I love them both so much. But with Ritchie in charge I don't see this being as good as it would be if he didn't decide to make Holmes an "ass-kicker". I'll keep my fingers crossed, but I won't hold my breath.
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6:04PM on 09/01/2008

The Sun = bullshit.

Unless the studios have said it already, don't rely on anything you read in The Sun. It is the gutter press here in the UK, and formulates stories out of tenuous connections. I'd be prepared to bet that this one was imagined based on the alleged lampoon of Crowe by RDJ's Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder.
Unless the studios have said it already, don't rely on anything you read in The Sun. It is the gutter press here in the UK, and formulates stories out of tenuous connections. I'd be prepared to bet that this one was imagined based on the alleged lampoon of Crowe by RDJ's Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder.
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5:56PM on 09/01/2008

Here, here Derrida!

While this new version intrigues me, I have to say that Jeremy Brett will always be the best. He's the Connery of Sherlock Holmes actors.

But, hey, new and different takes worked for James Bond, too. So, I think it might be great, just a different slant on the character.
While this new version intrigues me, I have to say that Jeremy Brett will always be the best. He's the Connery of Sherlock Holmes actors.

But, hey, new and different takes worked for James Bond, too. So, I think it might be great, just a different slant on the character.
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5:04PM on 09/01/2008

NOOOO

STOP THIS NOW~!
Guy Ritchie's claim that Holmes was more action oriented is a total lie! Out of all the short stories and novels Holmes and Watson use or carry guns a handful of times (firing them MAYBE once, using them to gun butt people maybe twice) and Holmes uses violence very few times, mostly just mentioned by Watson as happened in the past.

This is going to be terrible! As much as I like RDJ, he's not Holmes. Like previously mention Jeremy Brett IS Holmes, but fuck if you're going to
STOP THIS NOW~!
Guy Ritchie's claim that Holmes was more action oriented is a total lie! Out of all the short stories and novels Holmes and Watson use or carry guns a handful of times (firing them MAYBE once, using them to gun butt people maybe twice) and Holmes uses violence very few times, mostly just mentioned by Watson as happened in the past.

This is going to be terrible! As much as I like RDJ, he's not Holmes. Like previously mention Jeremy Brett IS Holmes, but fuck if you're going to recast it, the only man for the job is Hugh Laurie. The dude practically plays Holmes weekly on House, he looks the part, IS British, and has the acting muscle and experience to do it.

STOP THIS NOW. I'm more excited for the damn comedy version.
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4:06PM on 09/01/2008

Elementary

I love Downey Jr but noone will ever surpass Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.
I love Downey Jr but noone will ever surpass Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.
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3:59PM on 09/01/2008

wierd

Ofcourse it's cool that Crowe doesn't seem to mind being a "sidecick", but I think it'll be weird to see him play a sidekick, very weird. Richie hould get the actor who played "Tommy" in Snatch, to be Watson.
Ofcourse it's cool that Crowe doesn't seem to mind being a "sidecick", but I think it'll be weird to see him play a sidekick, very weird. Richie hould get the actor who played "Tommy" in Snatch, to be Watson.
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