Robert Downey, Jr. Calls Sherlock Holmes a "Life-Changing Experience"
Posted 01.29.10 by BrentJS
Even though actor Robert Downey Jr. teased his retirement a few months back, he also said that he "could be busy for the next 5 or 7 or 10 years," if Sherlock Holmes "performs well." With the #1 all-time Christmas Day opening, and box-office receipts topping $390 million, it's safe to say that Holmes has performed quite well, indeed.
Of course, saying you'll play a specific character for the next decade is one thing, but actually doing it is another. And, at 44, Downey Jr. isn't getting any younger. In a previous interview, he described the physicality of playing Sherlock Holmes as "really difficult," but also described it as a "massive catharsis" for him. In a more recent interview, Downey Jr. said that shooting the movie had a profound effect on him.
If the material is still good and you still like to work with the people — why not? Sherlock Holmes was a life-changing experience. That's due to the extensive research we did and because I could actually realize such a big project. I would still play characters like Sherlock in the future. Although, I will probably have another child and an alcohol free vineyard by then.
A Holmes sequel has not been officially greenlit by Warner Bros. yet, but EW recently cited "a source inside" the
Cowboys and Aliens production as saying that Downey Jr. dropped out of that production to free up time to film
Sherlock Holmes 2. Downey Jr. will next be appearing in the highly anticipated Iron Man 2, opening May 7th.