According to Jude Law, foul language, homoerotic overtones and bare-knuckle fighting are Sherlock Holmes’ "quintessential parts."
The 36-year-old actor plays Holmes' faithful sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie's new adaptation of the classic detective tale. Law doesn’t believe writers sexed up the script, reports The China Daily.
He said: "The physicality, the bare-knuckle fighting, the martial arts are all hinted at in the books. We just hold a magnifying glass over them. "A word that author Arthur Conan Doyle uses an awful lot is ''apprehended''. As in, ''Holmes and Watson apprehend the villain.'' We get to show the apprehension." He explained: "There are many duos we wanted to draw from. Something as eccentric as
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"The friendship between Holmes and Watson is the kind of friendship you can only have with someone of the same sex, a person you adore but who infuriates you." Robert Downey Jr., who plays Holmes, found his inspiration in Arthur Conan Doyle''s original text. He added to the USA Today newspaper: "Initially, we were just infusing the dialogue with Doyle-isms. Now we tend to speak a little more on his behalf. Truth be told, we have been working our butts off. We''ve been at it for a long, long, long time."