The meerschaum pipe, that is. As in, that's the kind of pipe Sherlock Holmes smokes, and Robert Downey, Jr. is going to play Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie's upcoming movie about the fictional English detective. ...Was that too obscure a reference to make in the pursuit of a cleverly suggestive and potentially scandalous headline? Maybe, but I have no regrets.
According to Variety, Downey has chosen the high-profile gig -- and prestigious role -- to be his first job after dazzling audiences in Iron Man this past May. Filming begins in October, and the movie appears to be in a race against a comedic film about Holmes that's also in development, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as the detective and Will Ferrell as Dr. Watson. Hopefully, that doesn't mean that Downey's Holmes will be completely humorless to differentiate the two -- after all, it was Downey's blend of snark and pathos that made America fall in love with Tony Stark. (Not that Holmes should be snarky. Did they even have snark in the 1890s?)