Sherlock Holmes, Bad-Ass Martial Arts Expert

I would like to say something witty about this, but words fail me…

Fictional super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes will be turned into a “bad-ass” martial arts expert in Guy Ritchie‘s hard-hitting new film.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s legendary crimefighter was famous for his pipe-puffing, laidback approach to solving mysteries in the series of novels.

But Ritchie’s forthcoming flick is rumoured to make the character – played by Robert Downey Jr. – a lot more hands-on.

The actor tells British newspaper The Sun, “I’ve got to spend some time with Guy and I love his take on it. We’re both martial arts enthusiasts and in the original stories of Sherlock Holmes, he’s kind of a bad-ass and a bare-knuckle boxer and studies the rare, fictional martial art of baritsu.

“If you look baritsu up, they can’t even really tell you what it is, so it gives us a lot of leeway.”

And the Chaplin star insists the Holmes mysteries are still relevant to today’s audiences, adding: “It’s a period piece where you don’t modernise it, you just realise how modern it was.”

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