Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows Interview
Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows Interview
This is a more physical film than the first - was it exhausting to combine the script with the physical aspects?

Noomi Rapace

I've done fight scenes, and I like it. This one it felt like ... I stopped training, because I wanted to become more feminine - I didn't want to look like I'd just come from the gym.

Jude Law

I think it's true to say the physical aspect of this film was another important element we wanted to push further. We pushed the dialogue, we pushed the banter, the relationship, and we did noticeably stop and say, let's elevate the physicality. Going back to our original idea, it was to take these guys out of Baker Street. You don't just hear them talking about their adventures - you see them living them. That bar was pretty high. We'd go into stuff 90% knowing what was happening, and then another idea would come up that would increase it by 20%.

Guy Ritchie

Something worth noting is that these action scenes would sometimes last two weeks, and these guys would work eight, ten hours a day, repeating the same stunt. No one asks a professional athlete to do that amount of work, and consequently, these three were constantly on a diet and exercise routine. It's impossible to appreciate how much you want out of them physically, never mind the other aspects.
Why was this film not shot in 3D?

Guy Ritchie

I am a fan of 3D movies, and I am a film geek and I like the technical aspect of filming a lot. Actually I did try and push this for 3D - the resistance was that there was a lot of 3D coming out. It felt almost tired at the time we were embarking on this. At the time it just didn't feel that innovative.

Robert Downey Jr

When shooting 3D I don't think you can have the swiftness of movement. Sometimes Guy would be doing innovative shots and the movie kind of leans on being able to go guerilla style here and there, with these beautiful frames. As it stands now, I feel 3D can be inefficient. I'm sure the tech's catching up with the needs of filmmakers.
Guy, do you feel constrained by the mainstream?

Guy Ritchie

Funnily enough, I don't at all. Filmmaking's changed, as we all know, and indie [filmmaking has] got muscled out in quite a conspicuous fashion. Why that is the case, I'm not sure. I still see myself as an indie filmmaker. I certainly got no resistance from the studio in terms of trying anything we thought was innovative - they really encouraged it. They want this filmmaking, particularly at a blockbuster level, that has absorbed an indie influence. Big movies are becoming increasingly more interesting - some of them are, some of them aren't. It's an interesting time in film history.
As for wearing each other's clothes, that's something for the next instalment: Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Trannies...
Noomi, how difficult was it to move from Swedish films?

Noomi Rapace

I think the biggest step for me was to step into the English language, because I didn't speak English two and half, three years ago. So, I was afraid I was going to be caught up in a prison of having to translate everything from Swedish into English, and not be able to improvise and ad lib and live in the language. It's thanks to those boys - the way they worked and the way they embraced me, and the way Warners took care of me. It felt like everyone just grabbed me and pulled me in, and I forgot I was nervous. It felt like I became one of the boys. I forgot it was not my language.
Robert, how much comes from you working on the character?

Robert Downey Jr

Mr Law and I should speak about this. From the minute we met, when Guy got us together, hoping we would hit it off, we cracked a book and started getting chills: 'Hey, Watson was never this chubby old doofus with his foot in a waste paper basket. He was dynamic, he was in the army. Holmes never wore a deerstalker hat.' We had a chance to, not rewrite the history of Holmes, but to extrapolate from the untapped actual history.

Jude Law

You can compare Holmes and Watson to great Shakespearean characters, in a way. They've been played by hundreds of actors over the years, and each one is a different interpretation - the source material can take that form of interpretation. This is ours.
Sherlock has fantastic disguises - how far have you gone in real life to disguise yourself?

Jude Law

I'm in disguise right now! [strokes beard]

Robert Downey Jr

About twenty years ago, I went on a tear, and put on a Planet of the Apes mask thinking that would prevent people from knowing how blitzed I was. It worked for about the first 15 seconds. "It's me, Cornelius!"
Even after part one there were questions about the homoerotic subtext - this time you're pushing it further with the dancing, the cross-dressing. Are you saying not to take it too seriously?

Robert Downey Jr

You mean onscreen, yeah? What happens in our private lives is another matter entirely. Jude and I have decided to save Warner Bros money - we've been sharing a suite during the entirety of the press junket. We asked for a small room, with a single bed. We prefer two sinks so we can wash up before and after our nuptials. As for wearing each other's clothes to please each other, that's something we're going to save for the next instalment - Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Trannies.
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