A Gay Sherlock Holmes Movie?
Personally, I’m pretty excited about Guy Ritchie‘s upcoming “Sherlock Holmes” flick, starring Roberty Downey Jr. and Jude Law. From the preview, it looks pretty intense and I’m into the ninja thing that Sherlock has going on. But I became even more intrigued when Robert Downey Jr., said in an interview this week that in the movie, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are gay lovers. Downey Jr., who plays Sherlock, said that he and Dr. Watson (aka Jude) are “…two men who happen to be roommates, wrestle a lot and share a bed. It’s bad-ass.” [Metro UK]
Hmm, so was Robbie kidding or just trying to drum up blog posts like this one? Cause in the preview, Sherlock totally makes out with a girl. But, hey, you never know.
We do know, however, that some people are already advising against a gay twist. Film critic Michael Medved said, “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.”
Um, what? This dude needs to slow down, take a deep breath, and think about this a little more. I think it’s kind of a cool idea. It could make the film way more interesting and multi-dimensional. I’d be pumped to see a little Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law action. “Brokeback Mountain” and “Milk,” which both also featured hot and heavy makeout seshs between straight actors, were both very well-received. Maybe this is different because, in the book, Sherlock Holmes was straight and those two movies were about, well, gay men.
Then, of course, there’s the whole pushing boundaries thing. I’m always happy to see the gay community represented in mainstream media. It would be nice, for once, to see a story about gay men that isn’t entirely focused on sexuality and chock-full of stereotypes. These two detectives are pretty masculine, and obviously gay men can be, too. They don’t just sit around gossiping and critiquing girls’ outfits.
Do you think a gay “Sherlock Holmes” movie is box office suicide or a brilliant idea?