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Crowe as Watson in Sherlock Holmes?

RussellCrowe.jpgI was a bit confused as I wrote the previous story which had Russell Crowe playing the villain in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, as that was down to Mark Strong already.

Then I re-read the story just now and realised that I'd missed a vital clue and was no Holmes myself, Russell Crowe is in talks to play Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes' right hand man, and star alongside Robert Downey Jr.

The rumour comes from The Sun, the British daily gossip newspaper, through Flicks Newsin which the reporter states that:

"A movie insider told me: 'Russell wants the part, Guy wants Russell. All they've got left to do is dot the i's and cross the t's.'"

So being cynical, there is no deal with him, and being even more cynical, it's one of those "movie insiders", which could mean anything from the local cinema popcorn seller to someone actually involved in the casting process of Sherlock Holmes with Guy Ritchie.

So now I've got myself sorted out on the story, I'm more than happy that Mark Strong is staying in is going to be the villain, but I wonder if Russell Crowe is the right man to play Dr. Watson, alongside Robert Downey Jr. the two will be pretty heavy hitters and could really be vying for screen space.

Think of all the Sherlock Holmes stories you've seen before, isn't Watson always slightly more in the background than Holmes? Will Crowe be happy to pull back from Downey Jr.'s Holmes? I'm not really sure he will be and we might end up seeing more of a double act with this Watson closer to the level of Holmes and sparring a little more with him.

What do you think? Now that I've sorted out what's what with the story, what do you think? Crowe alongside Downey Jr. as Holmes and Watson?



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