Downey's "Sherlock Holmes" an action hero

Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:22am EST
 
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By Chad Williams

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It's a good time to be Robert Downey Jr.

With a career resurgence that continues unabated after the one-two punch of 2008's "Iron Man" and "Tropic Thunder," the 44-year-old actor finds himself operating with new clout and a potential new franchise with "Sherlock Holmes," opening December 25 via Warner Bros.

HOW DID "HOLMES" FIRST END UP ON YOUR RADAR?

About 15 minutes before "Sherlock Holmes" came into my periphery I was half-jokingly asking (producer) Joel Silver -- whom I credit with basically re-inviting me to the world of big studio movies with "Gothika" -- "Dude, where's our franchise?" This was in the immediate aftermath of "Iron Man." And pretty soon after that he said, "Remember that franchise you were talking about? I think this could be a good one." Next thing you know I was talking to ("Holmes" director) Guy Ritchie.

YOUR HOLMES IS A MUCH MORE PHYSICAL VERSION THAN WE'RE USED

TO. TELL US ABOUT THE FIGHT SCENES.

We developed a lot of (the choreography) early on and some of it was very dialed in but often as not we'd get there and say, "This doesn't feel quite right," and we'd pull out as many toys as we had that were clad in rubber and start swinging. I only really got rocked once and I needed less than 10 stitches. We actually still finished the day and then I went to the hospital.

WHERE DID YOU GET BUSTED OPEN?   Continued...

 
<p>Actor Robert Downey, Jr. displays his hands covered with cement during his hand and footprint ceremony in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>