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YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE PYRAMID 0F FEAR
The Steven Spielberg presentation Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear. directed by Barry Livinson. is described by its makers as ‘an attectionate speculation about what might have happened had the sleuth and his partnermetduring theircollege years.‘ Astheteenage detective Edinburgh-born Nicholas Rowlollows in distinguished lootstepsthatlead trom Basil Rathbone to PeterCushing via Stewart Granger. Roger Moore and even Peter Cook. He secured the coveted role after eight auditions and two screen tests. ‘I neverasked why they chose me but I read an interview with Barry in which he said. “Nick seems to have the type of qualities that became Holmes. He looked right".‘
Rowe's only previous tilm experience had been a minor part in Another Country. The timetable of Young Sherlock allowed him little opportunity to worry aboutthe responsibility ota leading role. ‘I knewthat I had the part two weeks before shooting began. Then. I read three books including ‘My Lite and Crimes' which is written as it by Holmes. Alan Cox who plays Watson has an amazing collection otvideos so we watched The Private Lite of Sherlock Homes and Murder by Decree. lwas tamiliartoo with the Basil Bathbone tilms. My main concern really wasto be consistentwiththe Holmes legend andthe tactthathe is just a schoolboy in the film. You have to give intimationsotcharacteristicsthat will be consistent with the Holmes of lateron.‘
Barry Levinson‘s previous films as a director are The Natural and Diner in which he proved a sympathetic and adept handlerolyoung performers. Rowe certainly appreciated his experienced hand. “Barry is not the mostexpressive otdirectors butlknew he was very versatile and that no news
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was good news. On the day to day tilming you just tryto torgetthe pressures butldid worry aboutwhether I could appear natural and relaxed on screen and it did occur to me that the lead actor in Back to the Future had been replaced by Michael Fox. The dodgiesttbingtorme wasthetight scene. Although we were using aluminium swords onetalse move could have been very dangerous. That scene took 1% weeks and we did have good stunt arranger. | practised tencing torthatand l leamtthe violinparrot tashion which provided distractionstor me.‘
As well as the main cast, the brains behind Young Sherlock are tar from being well stricken in years. ScriptwriterChris Columbus has also written Gremlins and Goonies, is currently penningthethird Indiana Jones adventure and is only 27. ‘Chris is like a kid.‘ Rowe says attectionately. ‘He was with Spielberg in Japan and they spentages in Kiddylandshoptull of modern toys. He‘s very hyper, quite
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small. very clean—cut like Michael Fox and has a wondertul imagination. The script was changed once or twice and became less and less outrageous. Steven said that it he‘d directed it himselt it would have been different; more gimmicky, more American and concentrating less on the school image. But, he didn'twantto direct it and it‘s very much Barry‘stilm.‘
Rowe is under contract to repeat his role should a sequel be required. In the meantime he's set to begin University in the Autumn although he will remain availabletortempting tilm otters. Playing the lead in a Spielberg film at the age ot19 should ensure that his acting aspirations will not diminish overyears of academia. he even has the satistaction ot a blessing trom Conan Doyle. ‘Atter the premiere his nephew BrigadierJohn Doyle came up to me and was very positive about the film saying that he could almost hear his uncle‘s laughter in the cinema. I was verytouched bythat. (Allan Hunter)
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