Sunday, January 3, 2010
After I posted the review of Sherlock Holmes (below) a couple people asked whom I would have preferred as Irene Adler. The first person to come to mind was Tilda Swinton. She has an air of self-possession, and can come across cold (which is why she was cast as the White Witch in Narnia). But she also exudes intelligence, and most of us would be willing to believe that beautiful face covers a basic decency, too.
Not that there wouldn't have been problems with Swinton-as-Adler. First, she is almost six feet, which means she would have dwarfed Robert Downey. (He's listed at 5' 9", which means he's probably 5' 7" or 5' 8".) Second, at 49, she is a little old for the role, though she could play ten years younger.
Swinton is always described as having an androgynous beauty, which seems accurate enough. She certainly has an elegant beauty, with that swanlike neck, those aristocratic features, and an air of refinement.
A lot of guys seem to prefer the Pamela Anderson type. Myself, I think Swinton has it all over her.