If you enjoyed the unabashed bromance of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, and pondered whether Irene Adler and Mary Morstan were there just to make them seem less gay, keep those naughty thoughts to yourself, especially if you want to see a sequel. Because if Holmes gets any more homoerotic, then Holmes' copyright holder will prevent another film from ever being made.
It all started with Robert Downey Jr.'s quips to David Letterman. EW had the transcript, which I'll post in full so we have the proper context:
Letterman: "Now, from what I recall, there was always the suggestion that there was a different level of relationship between Sherlock and Dr. Watson."
Downey: "You mean that they were homos ..."
Letterman: [Laughs.] "Well ..."
Downey: "That is what you're saying?"
Letterman: "In a manner of speaking, yes ... that they were closer than just out solving crimes. It's sort of touched on in the film, but he has a fiancée, so we're not certain. Is that right?"
Downey: "She could be a beard. Who knows?"
Paul Shaffer: "What are they, complete screamers? Is that what you're saying?"
Downey: "Why don't we observe the clip and let the audience decide if he just happens to be a very butch homosexual. Which there are many. And I'm proud to know certain of them."
Total Film apparently caught up with Andrea Plunket, who holds the stateside rights to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brainy deducer. Those quotes didn't sit well with her, nor did she take them in the spirit in which they were probably intended.
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