Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes to Have Gay Twist
Guy Ritchie's upcoming revamp of Sherlock Holmes is slated to have a gay twist, or tryst, between Holmes and Watson; Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law respectively. Downey Jr. revealed that he and Law share a bed and "have sweaty grappling scenes."
"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 some critics feel the underlying homoeroticism will alienate audiences and cut potential box-office profits.
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."
How do you feel about the gay angle? Progressive or mere pandering?