Robert Downey Jr. at Comic-Con: 'Sherlock Holmes' movie 'reminded me of doing 'Chaplin''
Warner Bros.’ panel was a cornucopia of facial disfigurement. Jackie Earle Haley was on hand to introduce the new Freddy Kruger in the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street — one that required 3 1/2 hours of daily makeup to put on, and an hour to get it off. Next came Frank Langella’s mutated face in Richard Kelly’s The Box. While Langella wasn’t on hand to introduce “the old-fashioned” thriller, as Kelly calls it, Cameron Diaz and Jimmy Marsten did the job of presenting the 4 1/2-minute sequence that highlighted the movie’s score from the band Arcade Fire.
Completing the facial disfigurement trifecta was footage from the movie adaptation of the comic Jonah Hex. Starring Josh Brolin as a cowboy, Jonah Hex is part spaghetti western, part actioner with supernatural elements. Adding to the film’s interest were co-stars Michael Fassbender and Megan Fox. Besides the sex appeal that she exudes, Fox also proved to be quite a comedian. “I told Michael that if you need to smack me around, go ahead. It’s only going to help.” To which Fassbender responded, “And I said leave your fetishes at home. We’re here to work.”
But none of it proved to be easy. Says Brolin, “New Orleans was brutal. It looks like $70 million on-screen, but it was made for half that. This wasn’t a big pay day for the actors. We did it for the love of the insanity.”
WB capped off the presentation with everyone’s favorite superhero, Robert Downey Jr. On hand to introduce his latest character, Sherlock Holmes (pictured), Downey loves Comic-Con almost as much as the audience loves him. “This is so fun,” Downey Jr. said to the cheering audience. “I love you guys so much.”
Sherlock Holmes for Downey Jr. was about going back to his past, specifically the role that earned him an Oscar nom. “It reminded me of doing Chaplin,” he said. “This movie was all about the prep — martial arts and dialect. I get grumpy when I actually have to work but I do love the challenge.”
“Robert was so committed — and ripped in this movie,” said co-star Rachel McAdams.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. also charmed Comic-Con audiences with footage from Spike Jonze’s much-anticipated Where the Wild Things Are. The movie’s young star, Max Records, read notes off his hand to thunderous applause, reporting that author Maurice Sendak told him, “I really love this movie. I hope people like it. If not, they can go straight to hell.”