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According to Deadline, after disastrous test screenings, Sony attempted to sell the film to Netflix, which declined.
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During the opening days of its Christmas 2018 release, exhibitors reported an astonishing number of walk-outs.
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In 2008, Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell were once attached to star as Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The project re-entered development in 2016 with Ferrell as Holmes and John C. Reilly as Watson.
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Composer Christophe Beck did a score which was not used.
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As of 2018, this is the seventh adaptation during the decade to be based on Sherlock Holmes lore, after: Sherlock (2010), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Elementary (2012), Mr. Holmes (2015) and Sherlock Gnomes (2018).
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January 2017 filming location is Hampton Court Palace, London.
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Speaking on the Empire Podcast #346 (11 January 2019) about the quality of the film, Steve Coogan, who played Gustav Klinger, said "I think in 20 year's time when the dust has settled and people are able to look at Homes and Watson objectively, I think people will say 'It's still rubbish".
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Ralph Fiennes is now the fifth actor to play Professor Moriarty who has previously worked for Director Steven Spielberg. Paul Freeman (Without a Clue (1988)) and Anthony Higgins (Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)) appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Andrew Scott appeared in Band of Brothers (2001), and Jared Harris appeared in Lincoln (2012).
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John C. Reilly worked with previous Watson player Robert Duvall in Days of Thunder (1990), as did Will Ferrell in Kicking & Screaming (2005). Reilly also appeared in Chicago (2002) with Lucy Liu, and The Aviator (2004) with Jude Law.
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Second role that Ralph Fiennes has shared with John Huston. They played James Bond's boss, M. Huston played the role in Casino Royale (1967).
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Ralph Fiennes' breakout role was in Schindler's List (1993), where he worked opposite Sir Ben Kingsley. Kingsley played Dr. Watson in Without a Clue (1988). He also appeared in James Bond films as M, a character previous played by Bernard Lee, grandfather of Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Sherlock on Elementary (2012).
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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly previously worked together in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and Step Brothers (2008).
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Ralph Fiennes co-starred in Spectre with Andrew Scott, who played Moriarty on the TV series Sherlock.
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John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan both star in this film. They also star together in Stan and Ollie (2018).
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Ralph Fiennes and Steve Coogan have both played the role of Hades in two separate Greek Myth movies, with Fiennes in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans along with its sequel Wrath of the Titans, while Coogan portrayed him in the movie adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
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Rebecca Hall, who appears in this movie, co-starred with two actors who have previously played Sherlock Holmes. She was in Starter for 10 (2006) with Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the role on Sherlock (2010), and in Iron Man 3 (2013) with Robert Downey Jr., who played the role in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).
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The North American and European cuts of the film have different openings. In the North American cut, Holmes and Watson meet each other at high school when they are teenagers. In the European cut, an adult Holmes accidentally saves an adult Watson from committing suicide.
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Many critics decried this film for being horribly unfunny and being shockingly incompetent on a technical level, with sloppy editing, and even several shots being out of focus.
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John C. Reilly also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), making him one of five Watsons to also appear in a Marvel Comics adaptation. John Rhys-Davies appeared in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989), Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3 (2013), Martin Freeman in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Black Panther (2018), and Jude Law in Captain Marvel (2019).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Moriarty has a daughter in this film, although he is traditionally portrayed as unmarried with no children.
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