Mark Strong is playing the role of Lord Blackwood in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movie. Lord Blackwood is the villain of the film. He engages in a battle of wit with Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.).
The picture above (which you may enlarge by clicking on it) is a first glimpse of Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood.
Actor Mark Strong may have talked too much in an interview given to Total Film: he revealed indeed the movie’s ending! Here it is:
There’s a touch of Dracula about him (Lord Blackwood).
He needed to have an element of showmanship about him by virtue of the fact that he’s trying to persuade everyone around him that he’s so in league with the Devil that he’s able to conquer death. I just wanted to make him an equal adversary of Sherlock Holmes.”
(that’s a real picture of Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood!)
What Strong is describing sounds quite close to the final fight between Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes with both being being swept into waterfalls. But still, it just makes more impatient to see the whole thing: what he gave away is no spoiler! I’d rather say that it’s a teaser instead!
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are ready to confront Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong):
(Click on the picture to enlarge it.)
The movie Sherlock Holmes will be released on Christmas 2009.