The actor talks about his on-screen romance with costar Jude Law

By Scott Huver
Updated July 27, 2009 11:45 AM

Will Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson be the latest bromance to hit Hollywood?

Robert Downey Jr., who plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic fictional character opposite Jude Law‘s Watson in Guy Ritchie’s remake of Sherlock Holmes thinks he and Law have some sexy chemistry together.

“It’s called circumstantial homosexuality,” he jokingly told the press at Comic-Con Friday, after leading lady Rachel McAdams suggested the film’s central love story is really between the sleuth and his sidekick.

The two actors took to each other even before Law signed on to the part. Downey was sent to meet his future costar and “sell” him on the role and “Jude walks down the hall and my assistant – who never cares about anything – is standing in the hall and she’s like, ‘Oh my God, there he is!’ He was dressed in that kind of fabulous, super expensive, under-dressed way.

“I said, ‘Dude’ – and literally before he said he was going to do the movie, before he said that he was available, before he said that he either did or didn’t want to be courted, we just started talking like two serious actors about what would need to happen to make this work as a piece of straight drama. We just became really close really quickly, because we just rolled up our sleeves and started working from jump.”

Downey said Law, who is currently performing Hamlet on stage in London, “is so the right arm of this movie.”

But good thing for the ladies, the film isn’t just about male bonding. Downey shares some romantic moments with McAdams – but “not enough for my taste,” he said.

The actor calls his recent creative renaissance after too many years of being sidetracked by addiction issues, “pretty miraculous, but in a realm of miracles I think it’s probably a two or three I guess.