Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly work well together. They have made some hilarious films – like Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby. The two will be teaming up again to bring Sherlock Holmes to the big screen in Holmes And Watson.
They talked to the New York Times about their relationship, and the movie itself.
Are you Sherlock fans? Did you read the Arthur Conan Doyle books?
REILLY: “I was kind of a Sherlock Holmes superfan before this came up. I could tell you a lot of the different stories already off the top of my head. The basis of our relationship in the movie is the funny relationship things that go on in the original stories.”
FERRELL “We were laughing at the fact that Sherlock is somewhat dismissive of Watson in many of the stories, not in a hateful way, but in an analytical way.”
Both men can carry their own films, or be of equal billing. So it begs the question how did they settle on who plays Holmes (Ferrell) and who plays Watson (Reilly). They had an answer for that as well:
FERRELL: “Rock, paper, scissors. It was a thousand rounds of rock, paper, scissors. It was grueling.”
REILLY: “I think it was pretty obvious from the get-go. I think I got Watson in my DNA. I’m your go-to sideman.”
FERRELL: “Well, no one looks better in tweed than John C. Reilly. I will challenge anyone on that point.”
There have been lots of Sherlock Holmes adaptations lately, and Ferrell and Reilly were asked if they consulted any of the previous actors who played the roles.
REILLY: “I got a very threatening voice mail from Benedict Cumberbatch: “Who do you think you are? How dare you?” He doesn’t have an English accent, actually, when he’s angry. No — I feel like we did this before any of those people even realized we were doing it.”
FERRELL: “John and I went to a Chelsea soccer match and ran into Mark Strong [who played a villain in the 2009 film “Sherlock Holmes”]. He’s like, “What are you working on in town?” I’m like, “I’m here with John C. Reilly, and we’re doing Sherlock Holmes and Watson.” The look on his face was like a mixture of “Oh my God, that’s going to be amazing,” and “How dare you.” He was so perplexed. I saw eight different thoughts go through his head.”
Their take on the iconic characters will definitely be different from anything we’ve seen before. Take a look at the preview below:
Holmes And Watson hits theaters this Christmas.