Sherlock decided to use his middle name instead of “William” because William was far too ordinary a name to define who he was. He’s an extraordinary individual and needed a name with flair to match. ”William” is dull, it’s common. ”Sherlock” is unusual, turns people’s heads. That’s what he needed.
I imagine when he was younger, there was another boy in his class called William and he was just so painfully boring and crude. How dreadful it was that he share a name with that boy! In their school uniforms there was no chance that little William Holmes could stand out with that name, so he decided to change it and he was insufferable about it. When the teacher would call on him, he’d simply ignore her until she called him “Sherlock”. He would write it on all his assignments and exams. He’d introduce himself as such and cruelly deduce anyone who would tease him about it. Finally, it stuck and he wasn’t ordinary and common any more. He was Sherlock.
Interviewer: Tell us about your relationship with Robert Downey Jr on set.
Jude Law: Oh, I love him. I love him.
Interviewer: Yeah? You had a bit of a bromance going on there.
Jude Law: What is this new term everyone is using?
Jude Law: Oh, it’s a horrible term. What about just a romance?
Interviewer: No, it’s not the same.
Jude Law: Why not? Why?
Interviewer: Cause then you’d have to star in a romantic comedy together or something.
Jude Law: We just have. Have you not seen it? [x]
Part of the photo session
from the unpublished 1988 Black Box Club interviewof Jeremy Brett.
Edit: The Black Box Club used this photo session in their promo, but after putting Jeremy’s name in Japanese into Google to deepen my research I was thrilled to find out the name of the photographer is Marcus Tylor, and he actually did this photo session at the Wyndham Theatre after a performance of the Secret of Sherlock Holmes in 1989.
Look at them. Look at the brothers.
Look at the haughty raised chin because appearances must always be kept, even if you’ve been caught on the hop by emotions or at the gym.
Look at the posture, ditto on appearances. Whether in a morning suit or lycra, a Holmes maintains his posture. And his composure.
And the hand. The left hand and the curling fingers of impatience? Frustration? Frustration because they are brothers and love eachother really but it can’t easily be expressed?
Was this directed? Did one watch the other and take the gestures on?
Acting. It’s rather lovely. Especially when done so blinking well.