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Trivia / Holmes & Watson

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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $42 million. Box office: $30 million domestic, $39 million worldwide.
  • Creator Backlash: During his appearance on the Empire Podcast, Steve Coogan said he thinks "in 20 years' time when the dust has settled and people are able to look at Holmes & Watson objectively, [he thinks] people will say 'It's still rubbish'".
  • The Danza: John C. Reilly as Dr. John Watson. Although the character existed before Reilly was cast. And born, for that matter.
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  • Fake Brit: Ferrell and Reilly are Americans pretending to be two of Britain's most famous literary characters.
  • Not Screened for Critics: The film opened on Christmas Day 2018 without having been screened for critics in advance. Predictably, they lambasted the film once they were able to see it.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The film was first announced in 2008, but production only began after Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were cast as the leads and Etan Cohen was chosen as director in 2016.
  • Similarly Named Works: There's a 2012 Spanish film titled Holmes & Watson: Madrid Days. Incidentally, both films give a spin on the Sherlock Holmes mythology (this film being a parody and Madrid Days transporting Holmes and Watson to Madrid to investigate Jack the Ripper-style killings).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • When the film was first announced, Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell were set to play Holmes and Watson respectively, and Judd Apatow was set to produce it.
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    • Sony offered the film to Netflix in a similar deal as The Cloverfield Paradox after poor test screenings, but they declined.

  • The film won four Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture (making it Sony's second win in a row after The Emoji Movie, and the second time such a streak occurred for Sony after Swept Away and Gigli in 2002 and 2003 respectively), Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actor (John C. Reilly) and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel.


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