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Studio execs want Downey to tone down the ‘gay’ Sherlock banter

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Studio executives at Warner Bros. are reportedly upset that Robert Downey Jr. continues to hint that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are gay.

In the upcoming Sherlock Holmes, due in theaters Friday, Director Guy Ritchie has described Holmes’ relationship with Watson “would no longer be that of mentor to mule, but a modern bromance.”

But Downey has taken that a step further, even using the word “homos” in a recent appearance with David Letterman.

According to PopEater.com:

Publicists for the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie are very concerned that its star, Robert Downey Jr., can’t stop hinting that the great dapper detective’s relationship with Dr. Watson may involve more than just solving crime.

“When Robert joked with Letterman that they might be ‘homos,’ Warner Brother executives died,” laughed one industry insider who believes Downey is messing with studio bigwigs.

This isn’t the first time Downey has dropped such hints.

Back in August we reported that Downey revealed the crimebuster will sleep with and have sweaty grappling scenes with Watson (played by Jude Law).

“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 earlier this year.

Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman last week, Downey was asked if Holmes and Watson had “a different level of relationship.” Downey quickly shot back with a smirk: “That they were homos … That is what you’re saying?”

Introducing the trailer, Downey added, “Why don’t we observe the clip and let the audience decide if he just happens to be a very butch homosexual,” he said.

The studio is silent on the topic, preferring instead to promote the film as an action-adventure, and not the next Brokeback Mountain.

The film opens nationwide Christmas Day.

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