Noomi Rapace's Sherlock English nerves

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law portray the crime-solving duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this 2009 crime/mystery flick based on the character of the title name. With aid from former adversary Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), Holmes and Watson investigate a series of murders connected to occult rituals. Mark Strong plays the villain Lord Blackwood, who has somehow returned after his execution to take over the British Empire using an arsenal of dark arts and new technologies.
December 15th, 2011

Noomi Rapace was scared she would be in a "prison" on the set of 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'.

The Swedish beauty plays the role of Gypsy fighter Simzer in the Guy Ritchie-directed sequel, and she admits she was worried she would not be able to ad-lib as she had not known English for too long when she began shooting.

She said: "The biggest step for me was to step into the English language. I didn't speak English two or three years ago. I was afraid that I was going to be caught up in a prison where I was translating everything from Swedish into English, and not being able to improvise and ad-lib and be free to live in the language."

However, she admits working with the lead actors Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law - who play Sherlock and Dr. Watson respectively - helped her get over her nerves.

She added to BANG Showbiz: "But was surprised me so much and what was amazing to discover was the way the men work and embraced me and took care of me, it felt like everybody just grabbed me and took me in. I became one of the boys. I forgot it was not my language. It surprised me because it was so intimate."