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New Sherlock Holmes Film to Explore Homoerotic Relationship Between Lead Characters
New York Post
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Guy Ritchie's plan to put a gay spin on the relationship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in his new movie about the detective and his sidekick could backfire.
Robert Downey Jr., who plays Holmes, has revealed the crimebuster will sleep with and have sweaty grappling scenes with Watson, played by Jude Law, in "Sherlock Holmes," due out Christmas Day.
"We're two men who happen to be roommates, wrestle a lot and share a bed. It's bad-ass," Downey told Britain's News of the World. Added much-in-the-news Law: "Guy wanted to make this about the relationship between Watson and Holmes. They're both mean and complicated."

But Michael Medved, a former Post movie critic, says Downey and Law must be joking. "There's not a seething, bubbling hunger to see straight stars impersonating homosexuals," Medved told us. "I think they're just trying to generate controversy . . . They know that making Holmes and Watson homosexual will take away two-thirds of their box office. Who is going to want to see Downey Jr. and Law make out? I don't think it would be appealing to women. Straight men don't want to see it."

Roger Johnson, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal, observed that in Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, "Watson is something of a ladies' man, but a faithful husband to his wife. And Holmes is essentially asexual, with no erotic interest in women or men."

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So in this movie, Sherlock is presented as being a Holmesosexual?
This sounds like a truly hideous idea. There is no hint in the canon that Sherlock and Dr. Watson had the slightest homosexual inclination. Why twist things around like this? It's one thing if there had been an underlying subtext in the original stories, which couldn't be spelled out because of the time A.C. Doyle lived in. I've read all of the Holmes stories and novels, and there was no subtext about homosexuality that I could see. (Such as one can clearly see in the work of Tennessee Williams.)
Why do this? Just to be new and different? To arouse controversy? Whatever the reason, it's just wrong, wrong, wrong.
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But Michael Medved, a former Post movie critic, says Downey and Law must be joking. "There's not a seething, bubbling ... and Law make out? I don't think it would be appealing to women. Straight men don't want to see it."

Thats equating it to porn, because Medved has issues with sexual imagery. I just wanna see a good movie, it doesnt matter who is gay, if a scene doesnt work it doesnt work. But saying scenes cant work because the characters are gay, is homophobic. Was Dog Day Afternoon ok? Bruce Lee movies? The Thing?
Arent most pf the Slashers gay? Leatherface, Jason, Freddy...

So get over it Medved, I wont doubt what Downey can pull off. Dude is talented.
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Sadly - because it would be an interesting slant, though hardly a new one, having been done several times in different mediums - it seems that this is pure nonsense, arising from some crowd-teasing remarks by Downey jnr.

There's no naked wrestling in the (admittedly early) draft of the film that I have, though (and I hope this hasn't been rewritten into blandness) the Holmes/Watson relationship is very well done: that combination of admiration, dependency and frustration which Doyle did so well in the stories.
What's wrong with that version of the script is the soggy cardboard characterisation of the villain and his ultra-melodramatic Terrible Plans For World Domination: neither are worthy of H & W.

Bert
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Guy Ritchie's plan to put a gay spin on the relationship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in his new movie about the detective and his sidekick could backfire.

I saw the trailer a couple of weeks ago. I don't recall it as being particularly gay, but Downey shows his scrawny bare chest quite a bit, and there are some sexually-tinged scenes. It had a sort of jokey JEKYLL AND HYDE or JACK THE RIPPER feel. There are also tricky Victorian mechanisms. They prompted memories of giant mechanical spiders.

I predict a train smash of Wild Wild West proportions.

Martin B
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Thats equating it to porn, because Medved has issues with sexual imagery. I just wanna see a good movie, it doesnt matter who is gay,

How would you feel about a gay KING KONG?

Martin B
Roger Johnson, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal, observed that in Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, "Watson is something of a ladies' man, but a faithful husband to his wife. And Holmes is essentially asexual, with no erotic interest in women or men."

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