They had so much fun making the first "Sherlock Holmes" that they all came back for more. So many of the faces were familiar at the Tuesday, Dec. 6, premiere of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, including Holmes himself, actor Robert Downey, Jr., his gorgeous love interest Rachel McAdams, and director Guy Ritchie.
Jude Law, who plays Watson in the continuing series based on the famed detective created back in the 1880s by Arthur Conan Doyle, missed the festivities, but two key new players joined the glittery gala. British thespian Jared Harris, who's best known for his work in the television series "Mad Men," has come aboard the franchise as the legendary Professor Moriarty, Holmes' evil nemesis, while Swedish star Noomi Rapace of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" fame adds a hint of mystery to the action film.
All very happily greeted the cheering fans who lined the streets outside the Village Theater, signing autographs and posing for photos, despite the distinctly wintry chill in the air. No one minded, for as they all agreed at an earlier press conference, the whole experience of making both "Sherlock" blockbusters has been a delight from start to finish.
"I enjoy going to work and everyone else here does, too," Ritchie explained with a smile. "They're also very hard work. But I don't want the hard work to take away from the fun factor. They are really fun to make."
"It was super intense, though," adds Rapace. "And so much fun. And I was really nervous before. It was my first English-speaking movie. And I didn't talk English. I didn't speak English like three years ago. But it was very playful and easy and creative. It was fantastic."
Also along for the joyride at the "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows" premiere party were Amber Heard, double-Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, musician Pharrell Williams, director Jon Favreau, producer Joel Silver and legendary actor Max Von Sydow.