I burned like 3/4 of my forearm on the oven while I was making chicken and my mom was like “honey put some butter on it it draws the heat out” so she was rubbing a stick of butter on my arm and my stepdad was like “what’s for dinner” as he walked in and saw her slathering my arm in butter and he just slowly backed away
theres a big difference between being done with homework and homework being done
Sir Ian had to act to these stands with the actors’ faces pasted on them. It’s hilarious. xD But at the same time, my heart also goes out to Sir Ian.
now this is neat
Now this is a professional.
"In order to shoot the dwarves and a large Gandalf, we couldn’t be in the same set. All I had for company was 13 photographs of the dwarves on top of stands with little lights – whoever’s talking flashes up. Pretending you’re with 13 other people when you’re on your own, it stretches your technical ability to the absolute limits. I cried, actually. I cried. Then I said out loud, ‘This is not why I became an actor’. Unfortunately the microphone was on and the whole studio heard.”
– Sir Ian McKellen (x)
No but I just imagine the little stands moving around, like following Ian around the set when he isn’t looking
BEST FRIENDS YOU DON’T GET TO TALK TO VERY OFTEN BC YOU’RE BOTH JUST REALLY BUSY WITH SCHOOL OR WHATEVER BUT ITS NOT A BIG DEAL BC YOURE STILL THE BEST OF FRIENDS NO MATTER WHAT, ARE THE BEST KINDS OF FRIENDS IN THE WHOLE WORLD
finally a hearse pulls up
zombie arthur conan doyle climbs out of it and tells us all to fuck off
he would, too
every fandom has their cross to bear, people like that is ours… be patient, it’s not like anyone can ever deny Robert’s awesomeness anyway
I grant you that, and every fandom has a bunch of bad eggs.
I wonder when people will understand that NO version of Sherlock Holmes except the canon itself is “canonical.” All adaptations of the stories and novels and original idea are ADAPTATIONS. Even the Granada series with Jeremy Brett, which most experts would say comes the closest to being “canonical.”
But that’s the overwhelming beauty of it all. Just as you can do pretty much anything you want with Shakespeare — set “Romeo and Juliet” during WWII, in 1950s New York, in the Renaissance or on a spaceship — you can do anything you want with Sherlock Holmes. (Tempting, I know…) Heck, ACD even invited us to — he was so sick of his own creation that he issued the invitation to “marry him, murder him, do whatever you like.” And so everyone has, down through the years.
I laugh when people say they love the old Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies for being “truest to the books” — what, now?? Rathbone made a fine and handsome Holmes, but come on - most of his Holmes movies were set not in Victorian times, but in the contemporary 1940s, and he and Watson even battled Nazis. (Not to mention this series of movies practically invented the clueless, bumbling Watson who became enshrined as the ideal; it’s very cute, and Nigel Bruce is endearing, but it’s not the Watson of Conan Doyle - it’s not “canonical.”)
Similarly, BBC’s “Sherlock” and CBS’s “Elementary” pay tribute to the canon, but they are NOT “canonical.” They riff and improvise on the stories and characters ACD created (the CBS series ranges further afield, because it has 22+ hours to fill each season, but it maintains an impressively Sherlockian feel). These TV series, like the Rathbone movies, are set in what for its viewers is contemporary time. Their Sherlock and John, Holmes and Watson are not the Holmes and Watson of the books; and in fact differ from the book characters in many very particular ways — and such is creativity. The vital thing is that they capture some of the essence of the book Holmes and Watson that everyone knows and loves, while adding creative flair.
And the third member of the current “Big Three” adaptations — the Warner Bros/Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies — also improvises and riffs, like a jazz player, on the canon. They make up stories not found in Doyle, while staying true to the essence of the books. What I love about the movies is that this Holmes - like the one in the books - is driven by his dedication to justice, and by his abiding friendship with Watson. Amid all the trappings of an action-adventure movie (which these are, and HAVE to be, to compete in a global market), amid the explosions and giant guns (hmm..) and speeding trains and pseudo-occult charlatans and gypsy fortune-tellers and Cossack assassins and fisticuffs and more explosions, the movies have a lot of heart.
It bugs me when I hear people thoughtlessly dismissing the Downey Holmes movies as somehow lesser an artistic creation than some other adaptations. The movies were the result of a highly creative and somewhat subversive choice to set Holmes up as a 19th-century hero (Byronic and brawling, rather indifferent to which gender he loves, a man who possibly feels too much rather than being indifferent to yearnings of the heart…) who’s as quick with his fists as he is with his mind. A Holmes who exists in a shadowy and beautiful Victorian world quivering on the cusp of modernity (a brilliant creation by the filmmakers, this world) — and a world in which stuff explodes, quite frequently. (And that’s really not that far from canon - read, oh, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” which Guy Ritchie could lift almost whole-cloth into his own playbook…) And, vitally, a Watson who is a fully capable partner to Holmes, a young-ish former Army doctor who can back Holmes in any fight — and whom Holmes trusts implicitly to “know his methods” and use his mind. (Take that, bumbling Watsons of the past.)
Not in these movies do you ever hear Holmes utter a word critical of his Watson, except perhaps in fleeting pique — but he never belittles Watson’s mind. The joy of this Holmes and Watson IS their affectionate badinage, as they bicker their way through the blasts and the battlefield. What draws fans to them is the real friendship and affection that underlie all the arguing — we know this is the eternal Holmes and Watson, beloved from the books, in their essence, and thus the movies ring true. Arguments may happen, explosions and villains may scar them, women may draw their fancy and Reichenbach may divide them for a time - but what has attracted fans the world over to the RDJ Holmes movies is the brotherhood-in-arms of Holmes and Watson, their relationship…very well: partnership.
And that’s the important factor in EVERY great Sherlock Holmes adaptation. For in the long run, as entertaining as the cases and the villains may be, we can read about or watch cases and villains just about everywhere, in fiction, in drama and in real life. What brings us back to Holmes and Watson, time after time, adaptation after adaptation, is that abiding friendship between these two men “who never lived, and so can never die,” as Vincent Starrett said. We who love Holmes and Watson — in whatever iteration — know this to be true.