May will be a good month for Russell Crowe fans, with two new movies featuring the burly Aussie actor coming out in close succession: Tenderness, directed by Tropfest creator John Polson (opening April 30) and State of Play, from Touching the Void director Kevin Macdonald (opening May 28). Both are thrillers.
Crowe is currently in the U.K. getting down in da Hood for his fifth collaboration with epic-maker Ridley Scott, in a role that will link him forevermore to the likes of Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner and Cary Elwes. Yup, Crowe will star as Robin Hood, but for those who thought Scott’s inevitably serious and grandiose handling could be lightened a little by the humorous benefits of watching Crowe in a pair of tights, this unfortunately will not be the case. In an interview published in Sunday’s USA Today, prolific hotshot producer Brian Grazer (the Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind etc.) said:
“He doesn’t have the old Robin Hood tights. He’s got armour. He’s very medieval. He looks, if anything, more like he did in Gladiator than anything we’re used to seeing with Robin Hood.”
Grazer went on to describe the film as a metaphor for current times, no doubt code for ‘economically buggered society’.
“He’s trying to create equality in a world where there are a lot of injustices. He’s a crusader for the people, trying to reclaim some of the ill-gotten gains of the wealthy. That’s a universal theme.”
No sh*t, Sherlock. You don’t exactly have to read the script to know that Robin Hood is a guy who pilfers from the rich and distributes wealth to the poor. That’s kind of a big part of the story.
High profile U.S. blogger Jeffrey Wells reacted badly to the recently released still (above, click for a larger image) unveiling Robin Hood’s new appearance. It wasn’t the absence of tights that upset him but rather Crowe’s haircut, which looks a lot like his do in Gladiator.
“I don’t care for the short hair,” Wells grumbled. “Scissors were mainly for the wealthy or royalty in the medieval days, and I’ve never heard of barber shops in Sherwood Forest. Was Friar Tuck the Merry Band’s designated stylist? Did he carry a rusty pair of crude shears in his knapsack?”
He makes a pretty good point – Robin Hood always seemed like an unkempt kinda guy – but if that is the greatest implausibility in Scott’s movie I will be extremely impressed.
Robin Hood is slated for a 2010 release and will co-star fellow Aussie Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. No word yet on whether Ridley Scott will bring back ‘arrow cam,’ by far the best thing about Kevin Costner’s 1991 hit Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Rumour has it the contracts signed by Scott’s cast and crew prohibit any communication with singer Bryan Adams, for fear he will somehow find a way onto the soundtrack.
But, just for old times sake…