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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject: Robin Hood Reply with quote
Well, I just had to share this with you all.

I heard Russell Crowe being interviewed on the radio about Robin Hood, and he said they were following the legend that Robin was a Yorkshireman, and that in the film he is doing a Northern English accent! Shocked Shocked The interviewer said he thought he sounded a bit Irish, whereupon Russell got into a mega strop!! Rolling Eyes Laughing They then played a clip from the film and his accent was, how shall I say, interesting...

I know we've said it before, but why oh why oh why did Ridley not choose our man for this part??! If nothing else, I think he could have managed a much more convincing Yorkshire accent!! Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
With all due etc. for sir Ridley,
He's keeping lately to Russell Crowe like a drunken guy to a fence Laughing I really do wish he'd make some use of Sean. It would be a perfect combination...
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've been discussing this one at the Trek Forum. Most of the reviews are mixed to bad, with the best comment being that its 'Gladiator 2'. A lot of the complaints of the film are in fact that it is mostly old Australians doing a bleak Hood origins story.

I don't like Crowe or Scott, so there! Pity Bean doesn't have the Hollywood clout or money to get that original Nottingham script and make it himself!

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 6:56 am    Post subject: Re: Robin Hood Reply with quote
Lotte wrote:
The interviewer said he thought he sounded a bit Irish, whereupon Russell got into a mega strop!! Rolling Eyes Laughing


Yeah. The jerk got so ticked off at the interviewer about him questioning his accent in the film that he finally got up and walked off in the middle of the interview. How many times has Sean been asked stupid questions and he just politely answers them. Never would see him storming off like a Hollywood brat! The guy just thinks he's above every one. Evil or Very Mad

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/14/russell-crowe-walks-out-o_n_576124.html
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I saw Mark Addy being interviewed about his part as Friar Tuck last week. He said that Scott had cast him after watching Red Riding (Also commenting that Scott wanted to do his own version!) This being the case, could he not see a most perfect Yorkshireman for the part!
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Donnadoobie wrote:
I saw Mark Addy being interviewed about his part as Friar Tuck last week. He said that Scott had cast him after watching Red Riding (Also commenting that Scott wanted to do his own version!) This being the case, could he not see a most perfect Yorkshireman for the part!

It seems Scott is so besotted with Crowe - he wouldnīt see real talent and perfection even if it would bite him in the a*** - and that includes also his behaviour in interviews!!
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I totally agree that our man ought to have played Robin!! Really, Crowe ought to be able to take critisism for his accent, and rather say -Hey, I really tried...

I also read in a film magazine that it was actually Crowe who cast Scott, not the other way around... Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes . He had the idea (and the script, I think) and wanted Scott to direct. As he put it, he wanted a Robin Hood film that was more about the person he was before he became Robin Hood, when he was called something like Robin Longstride, or something... (that always makes me think of Pippi Longstocking Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Laughing Laughing ). So why call it Robin Hood in the first place?!?
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Laughing Laughing Ok, I feel tickled into writing something.

Well, I LOVE Ridley Scott, not leastly because of his extremely respectful attitude towards women, rather unusual among male directors. I love the way he's able to create breathtaking images and hide surprisingly difficult questions under the surface of a monumental visual and aesthetic feast. Indeed, I believe his big budget movies are belonging to the rare cases, when all those money coughed up by Hollywood producers don't get flushed straight down the toilet. I remember reading somewhere he has casting problems sometimes, not always choosing the perfect personality for a role, and having seen most of his movies, I'd say it's true, maybe because his "stars" are always of a secondary concern to the story itself. I can't say ALL his movies are genial, but then no artist I've ever seen is a genius always - even the best of them do better or worse. But - I think some of his movies are quite close to perfection of form and meaning.

Crowe was a very good acquisition for the "Gladiator" and a good actor, albeit an awful snotnose too (I guess he lost his marbles very fast after all that licking he received in the beginning of his career Laughing ) and he did very well in this movie, as it's very hard to play out pathos without slipping into the ridiculous, and he managed it to the point. (If you have any doubts, just have a look at Pitt as Achilles Shocked Laughing ) Sometimes it seems to me Scott is too lazy to look for new talents, and is employing Crowe just because it's an easy way out of the casting problem...

As for the reviews - honestly I don't give a fart, I'll have to see for myself and decide what to think about this movie.
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I saw this at the cinema on Thursday. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't the traditional take on Robin Hood as the movie ended as Robin was declared an outlaw, where in the more traditional stories of Robin Hood the story usually begins.

I enjoyed the more serious take on the story, rather than the merry little band of outlaws which how it's usually portrayed. England as in how it would have been back then, was very realistically portrayed.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 1:41 am    Post subject: Re: Robin Hood Reply with quote
Lotte wrote:
Well, I just had to share this with you all.

I heard Russell Crowe being interviewed on the radio about Robin Hood, and he said they were following the legend that Robin was a Yorkshireman, and that in the film he is doing a Northern English accent! Shocked Shocked The interviewer said he thought he sounded a bit Irish, whereupon Russell got into a mega strop!! Rolling Eyes Laughing They then played a clip from the film and his accent was, how shall I say, interesting...

I know we've said it before, but why oh why oh why did Ridley not choose our man for this part??! If nothing else, I think he could have managed a much more convincing Yorkshire accent!! Laughing Laughing


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I was actually interested in see Robin Hood, but the way I am now I will probably wait to rent it or watch it when it comes out on DVD.
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think I saw a list where it was still 4 or 5 at the Box Office. Press about it has really died down. I think in the first week, most people just shrugged, made the obligatory Gladiator comparisons and moved on.

It is such a pity though, as we are due for a seriously stylized Robin Hood. I'm getting a little historicaled out, even. Why couldn't we have something with a little of color, fun, and fanfare. It is a legend, after all Wink

You just have to have someone from Sheffield whose initials are SB for the part! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: Robin Hood/Nottingham v. Yorkshire Reply with quote
Lotte wrote:
I heard Russell Crowe being interviewed on the radio about Robin Hood, and he said they were following the legend that Robin was a Yorkshireman, and that in the film he is doing a Northern English accent! Shocked Shocked The interviewer said he thought he sounded a bit Irish, whereupon Russell got into a mega strop!! Rolling Eyes Laughing They then played a clip from the film and his accent was, how shall I say, interesting...

I know we've said it before, but why oh why oh why did Ridley not choose our man for this part??! If nothing else, I think he could have managed a much more convincing Yorkshire accent!! Laughing Laughing


On a related tangent, the recent Robin Hood buzz in the press had me looking up a radio segment that I'd heard on National Public Radio.

In the process, I discovered this gem of an interview from 2004 with a modern-day Sheriff of Nottingham in which he insults Yorkshire and its claim to Robin Hood, big time.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1806802

When my husband and I heard this audio clip, we both burst out laughing especially because Yorkshire Pudding is the only Yorkshire icon that the Sheriff can think of belonging to that culture.

Enough to start a county versus county war, I warrant!!!

Naturally, I envisioned just *Who* might be leading a Yorkshire army against Nottingham to take the character of Robin Hood back to where -- in the opinion of many medieval scholars -- he rightly belongs, The North.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's brought in $266,000,000 worldwide so far.

I liked it a lot.

BTW, Russell has gone a week without a cigarette.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
May2 wrote:
BTW, Russell has gone a week without a cigarette.


Well I hope that doesn't mean he's gonna get more testy than he usually is (like punching someone)! Rolling Eyes He already does that when he's ON ciggies! (sorry....like the actor.....can't stand the man).
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