Sherlock Holmes 4

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly will feature Robert Downey Jr. on the cover as his crime solving counterpart, Sherlock Holmes. The magazine did a one on one interview the actor, who hints that he may take a break from his acting career to focus on other things.

Downey declares in the interview that he doesn’t have any set plans for the future, no new gigs lined up.

“I’ve never had it this good — this is my day in the sun — and I certainly don’t want to look a gift horse in the molars. But [my wife] Susan and I want to begin to be in our lives as much as we are in our jobs. I’d love just to sit here and say, ‘What movie’s playing tonight?’ I’d love to finish the new book about D-day I’m reading. I love painting, I love music.”

As a fan of Downey, there’s nothing wrong with him wanting to relax with his family. It’s hard to balance his type of career with a domestic life, but it’s what he said after that may leave you shaking in your boots.

I can only be a guy on a call sheet probably, I don’t know, maybe a couple more times. It’s something I’m so grateful to have in my palm, and yet I already see its inevitable decay.” Or not. Then again, he says with a weary smile, “If Sherlock Holmes performs well, I could be busy for the next 5 or 7 or 10 years.”

It’s easy to see the validity in him wanting to chill out, but didn’t he do that from the mid-90′s to 2008? He was working somewhat, but he wasn’t as busy as he is now, Iron Man and Tropic Thunder made him the comeback kid of that year. He’s too awesome to throw in the towel. Stay around for a little longer Downey, the game needs you.

Do you think Downey should take some off time?