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Russell Crowe as Robin Hood

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Post by Madeleine » Sat May 29th, 2010, 4:35 pm

apparently the original rumour was that RC would be playing both Robin and the Sheriff! Now that would have been interesting, I think?
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Post by Kveto from Prague » Sat May 29th, 2010, 8:04 pm

cant make up my mind on whether to see this film or not. on one hand ive always enjoyed ridley scott's films before like gladiator, black hawk down, and the underrated kingdom of heaven (which made the damning "error" of showing positive muslim characters).

but.... (cue rant theme music)

I think that King Arthur and Robin Hood are the two most overexposed legendary personages in historical fiction. there must be hundreds of films and books of each and i am just suffering from overkill. how many times can you go back to the well? what really cheezes me off is the fact that this takes away from other much more interesting historical characters. Why can't we have "new" characters. Why do people continue to consume the same old stuff. ah well, i guess thats why we have macdonalds, the same thing over and over again.

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So i dont know. i know film audiences are much more forgiving of legends like these than quasi-historical films.


(fun info: i think, it was walter scott who cemented robin hood in the times of Richard I. before ivanhoe, the legend of robin hood showed up in any number of time periods. in fact, many of the stories featured Henry VIII in the "prince John" role, with his wife Kathryn interceding for Robin hood when he was captured)

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Post by Kveto from Prague » Sat May 29th, 2010, 8:06 pm

[quote=""Miss Moppet""]Interview with one of the original screenwriters. Apparently the film was originally supposed to be about the Sheriff rather then Robin Hood. It changed somewhat in development.[/quote]


however, reading his plot for the original screenplay. THAT would make a great film. A real pity.

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Post by SarahWoodbury » Sun May 30th, 2010, 4:34 pm

Sherwood is one of my all-time favorite books (I've probably said that 12 times already on this forum). So to me, that's the RH story I like best. That said, it is also the Sheriff of Nottingham book I like best because it humanizes him and he's an understandable, even likable, character. I felt that Godwin really got the Norman/Saxon tension and cultures right (I don't know if they're 'right' in the literal sense, but the contrast was compelling).

So, I definitely think Mathew MacFadyen could have done some great things with the character!

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Post by chuck » Sun May 30th, 2010, 7:12 pm

Well just maybe the Movie Gods will consider doing a sequel about the Sheriff of Nottingham's POV.....Clive Owen, Viggo Mortensen, Liam Neeson,David Thewlis or Marton Csokas as the High Sheriff....They should have the ability to have charm with an edge......all have that manly Norman appeal.....I might add I would love to see it with use of Saxon and Norman language with subtitles.......I can dream and please proper haircuts.....
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Post by LoveHistory » Sun May 30th, 2010, 10:10 pm

You have something against Matthew MacFadyen, chuck?

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Post by Susan » Mon May 31st, 2010, 2:18 am

[quote=""Nefret""]Went to see it this afternoon. It was plenty entertaining. [/quote]

Just came back from seeing the film and I agree. Yes, there were some historical inaccuracies, but I wasn't muttering complaints to my husband about them!
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Post by robinbird79 » Mon May 31st, 2010, 3:23 am

STILL haven't gotten to this yet. :( Everytime we try something comes up and we don't have a sitter.
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Post by Nefret » Mon May 31st, 2010, 3:43 am

[quote=""robinbird79""]STILL haven't gotten to this yet. :( Everytime we try something comes up and we don't have a sitter.[/quote]

That's too bad. Good luck with seeing it.
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We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
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Post by chuck » Mon May 31st, 2010, 4:21 am

[quote=""LoveHistory""]You have something against Matthew MacFadyen, chuck?[/quote]

Excellent suggestion......

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