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'Sherlock' premiere: Robert Downey Jr., wife Susan share the love

December 7, 2011 | 12:51 pm

Robert Downey Jr at the Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows premiere
It's been a big week for Robert Downey Jr. On Monday, he revealed to Jay Leno that he'll soon be welcoming a boy with wife Susan. And on Tuesday, the pair walked the red carpet at the premiere of the actor's new film, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," where Downey couldn't keep his hands off his pregnant wife.

The two posed for photos, with his hands lovingly placed on her baby bump. During interviews with the media, he kissed her cheek and wrapped his arms around her neck as he talked about their experience working on the film together.

"I can't tell you how cute she looks when she's sitting in her little chair and it's wintertime and she's got on, like ... her little hat," he said, referring to when Susan — a producer of the sequel — sat in the video village on set. "She looks like she went on winter break to Hunter Mountain or something like that with her girlfriends. I think of her that way. She's still a college girl to me."

On set, director Guy Ritchie said he had a far different relationship with the actor — one that wasn't always so loving.

"He has strong creative ideas, and my idea is to sort of marshal them into something I think the audience wants to see. It's a kind of a love-occasionally-hate relationship," he said with a smile. "Most of the actors I've worked with have a creative opinion.... But he really has one."

Despite Downey's strong opinions, Jared Harris — the "Mad Men" star who plays Holmes' evil nemesis in the picture — said he still felt like an equal participant in the creative process.

"He actually said it was the most democratic film he worked on, and that was quite irritating [for him]," Harris said.


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Photo: Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey at the premiere of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows." Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press