Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows Interview
Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows Interview

Robert Downey Jr

Any moment in this film that touches you, makes you laugh your ass off or cry - those were mine.
Guy, can you talk about the challenges of directing a naked Stephen Fry?

Guy Ritchie

I thought it was going to be an issue when we were presented with the pages, and at the end it said he was naked. He turned up on the day naked! There was no great resistance - rather like getting Robert into a dress! So I've got a sneaking suspicion it could've been his idea. There was no work on my part! Robert and I have a mutual friend - that chap Chris Martin out of Coldplay - and he's a Sherlockian, as is Stephen Fry. It was his idea [to cast Fry].

Robert Downey Jr

Every good idea in this movie came from Chris Martin.
Robert, what are the less obvious pitfalls of sequels, as nobody sets out to make a bad sequel?

Robert Downey Jr

We were really fortunate to have new blood with Noomi, as, humble as she's being, she came in and mastered a second language inside a year. She challenged the tenets of what does it mean to be a third party to this investigation, how can she fit into the storyline.

The main thing that gets lost is that you have to redouble your humility, because there's a natural inflation that occurs with success, and until it's happened, you can't know it. I guess the main thing is, you unconsciously take things for granted, and you think the audience is with you, because you're with yourself. These are discussions that Jude and I would have all the time - what would WE expect? What would be expected and gotten wrong this time because you're thinking about all the money that's to be made?

Noomi Rapace

It was amazing to see and discover how you worked, as I stepped into this big American movie. The way Guy and you two worked was so playful and easy, and I forgot I was nervous. It felt almost like a small indie production, as it was team work and it was so intimate.
Every good idea in this movie came from Chris Martin out of Coldplay...

Robert Downey Jr

I think it's really important we talk about the gypsy dance sequence just for a moment ...

Jude Law

What would you like to know?

Robert Downey Jr

Where did you get those moves?

Guy Ritchie

I made them dance for three days and used five seconds of it.
Robert, a lot of your lines are in German.

Robert Downey Jr

Sometimes everything you need to know to be an actor in your mid-forties, you learn before you were 15 years old. I used to sing in madrigals when I was a kid, so there would be Schubert songs - that's where the song 'Fischerweise' came from in the discussion with Moriarty.
What's in you that's expressed in these characters?

Jude Law

I suppose that some days I wake up, I have to wake up and be responsible, reliable and down to earth, and some days I don't. I think this job in particular allows us all to be Holmesian - to think out of the box. Real life demands we're like Dr Watson.

Robert Downey Jr

I'm really good at playing smart people, and the rest of the time ... it's like everyone bolsters each other and has their thing to do. What's more on point this time is that it's really Watson recounting the story, a story that is tragic, although hopeful, a story that is evocative and interesting. It's straightforward entertainment, but that was the thing about Doyle - you really got a sense he was speaking about issues larger than these two guys.
Were there any accidents during the action scenes, and what would you say was the hardest scene to film?

Noomi Rapace

We got bruises and stuff.

Robert Downey Jr

Noomi was banged up every day.

Noomi Rapace

What was amazing is that those two guys actually do their own stunts. They do almost everything. It was amazing. You really fight good!

Jude Law

Probably the hardest scene was running through the woods.

Robert Downey Jr

Guy had this idea for a sequence for quite a long time.

Noomi Rapace

I had a corset - you didn't have that.

Jude Law

Actually, I did have a corset ...
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