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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. TALKS 'IRON MAN II,' 'SHERLOCK HOLMES'

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No word yet on other superhero appearances in IRON MAN II, or the casting of HOLMES' sidekick Watson
By CHARLENE CHENG, News Editor
Published 8/5/2008

LOCATION: The TROPIC THUNDER junket

THE SKINNY: We're aware that Robert Downey Jr. will be appearing next in TROPIC THUNDER as "the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude," but it's never too early to look ahead to other illuminating roles, especially when those roles have to do with IRON MAN II and SHERLOCK HOLMES.

At the TROPIC THUNDER junket, the comeback kid of the summer reminded us why we're all waiting to see what he has up his sleeve next. IRON MAN showed us what superhero movies could be (well, before THE DARK KNIGHT came along and showed us what they REALLY could be), and Downey confirms that "IRON MAN II is in the works."

With all of the teasing the filmmakers have been forcing on fans, what with Sam Jackson slyly showing up as Nick Fury after the IRON MAN credits and Downey's Tony Stark appearing in THE INCREDIBLE HULK, are we finally going to see a payoff?

There doesn't seem to be a definite decision for that yet, but it's safe to assume that there will more cheeky, but unsatisfactory, cameos. When asked if the Hulk would be showing up, Downey answers with a definite, "No." He jokes, "I'm partial too. I want to keep everything focused on me. I think it's for the best of the movie."

Regarding the AVENGERS project's relationship to IRON MAN II, Downey explains, "It's this big world that's kind of hard to navigate because you want to be able to set up AVENGERS in IRON MAN II, but you don't want to [take the focus off me]. Or take such a big lead whereas before we were grounded in reality and now we start going into the Marvel Universe. I don't know much about this, but I just know that we go scene to scene to scene and we have some great scenes that I think iwll be really surprising, that having taken all this goodwill and success and decided to do something even more kind of risky and something that represents the way that [director] Jon [Favreau] thinks and the way that I like to develop a character. So it's going to be good."

Of course, the other plum role that Downey will be stepping into is Guy Ritchie's reimagining of SHERLOCK HOLMES. This will go head-to-head with another SHERLOCK version that will star Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell, be produced by Judd Apatow, and funnily enough, be penned by TROPIC THUNDER writer Etan Cohen.

Pending Hollywood catfight? "It's not [like] we're not going to make our SHERLOCK HOLMES because some other clowns have made SHERLOCK HOLMES," says Downey. "As a matter of fact, ours already has a start date."

Downey offers some more clues regarding the project: The start date is "October 6." They will be filming in "London and then some stage work in New York."

As far as the nature of the plot, Downey reveals that "It is a brand new book. It's interesting and it's very bold, what it does which is that [it] already assumes - it's not an origin story at all - that Watson has been into this for some years and is already trying to get away from [Holmes] as he did many times during the genesis of their relationship."

And the question on everyone's mind: Has the all-important part of Watson been cast yet? "No," says Downey.

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