‘Sherlock Holmes’ Star Robert Downey Jr. Reveals ‘Struggles’ Of Bringing Moriarty To Sequel

Yesterday on the blog, we heard from “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” star Jared Harris, who plays Professor Moriarty, a nefarious character the actor calls the original “super villain.”

Today, we bring you further insight into the way Moriarty figures into the plot of the “Sherlock” sequel, courtesy of the titular inspector himself, Robert Downey Jr. As RDJ told us when MTV News visited the UK in January, there are challenges in bringing Moriarty out from the shadows in which he resides in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories — and well as the 2009 film — and into the big-screen spotlight.

“I think the trouble we ran into is in the books, they refer to him more than they actually see and hear from him, which keeps giving him more power,” Downey said. “In a cinematic sense, that won’t work. In a book, that’s great. I think that was one of the struggles.”

The sequel picks up a year after the events of the first film as Holmes gets sucked into the globe-spanning evil deeds of Moriarty. “He’s always considered to be the spider at the center of this vast web,” Downey said of the villain, adding that a century before the invention of the world wide web, Moriarty has been successful at weaving together nefarious occurrences across the planet.

“We were able to play with the idea, in a period film, what if all of these conspiracies were true and what if they could all be linked to a single individual,” he explained. “And that’s what made it so great.”

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