You may remember Jeremy Brett as Freddy in My Fair Lady.
He looks totally different in Sherlock Holmes. I wouldn't even have recognized him if I hadn't seen My Fair Lady in his profile at IMDb.
Anyway, I'm thoroughly enjoying his performance as Sherlock Holmes in the TV series. I'll do a longer post about it later at Badgerish.Net, but for now I'll just say that his Holmes is eccentric and a touch theatrical, and typical of a genius, unaware that his behavior seems strange to the normal people around him.
logospilgrim, if you haven't seen this series already, I think you especially would enjoy it. I thought of Snape (and because of that, you) often as I watched it. Not having read the stories (yet) Holmes seems to me a misunderstood, complex character who holds himself at a remove from "normal" people, not because he's better than other people (though I think he certainly recognizes his own greatness, hehe) but because he feels inadequate to interact with them.
Jeremy Brett himself was a complex person, diagnosed with manic-depression after the death of his beloved second wife by cancer. He himself died fairly young from heart failure related to scar tissue on his heart valves left by the rheumatic fever he'd contracted as a child.
I'm not that excited about the new movie. I don't really think we need another action hero, and I don't think Holmes needs to be forced into that mold. I especially don't think Holmes and Watson should be "hot". It's just . . . weird, and unnecessary, and ultimately serves to make Sherlock Holmes just like Every Other Action Hero. I've got more to say about that, but I'll leave it for another post.