Apparently, everything we know about Robin Hood is wrong, or so Ridley Scott would have us believe. Sure, there are hundreds of different versions of the Robin Hood myth, and Scott himself recently directed a documentary on the myth's origins, but Scott's feature-film take introduces us to a completely different Robin, one with a different last name and a different path to folk-hero status. And you know what? I like this one better.
A lot of people hate Paul Haggis -- the director and screenwriter behind The Next Three Days -- because he also wrote 2004's Crash, a bad movie that was wildly overrated at the time of its release. Fair enough, I guess, but since Crash's reputation has been readjusted so effectively over the past six years, I'm personally over its ludicrous Oscar win and focusing more on the fact that Haggis also wrote a damn good Bond movie (Casino Royale), and this thing, The Next Three Days, which is a much better thriller than its over-the-top trailers make it out to be.
This week, Russell Crowe robs from the fun and gives to the mope.
I'm still really confused as to why they hired Sienna Miller -- a blonde, freckled British girl -- to play the raven-haired, Eastern European killer the Baroness in the new G.I. Joe movie. She's pretty, sure, but dark-haired women are pretty, too -- why not give one of them a chance to play one of the all-time dark-haired icons? Sunny, blonde British girls should play sunny, blonde British parts, like...oh, I don't know, maybe Maid Marion in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood movie?
You know, considering all of the big TV releases that came out today, you'd think there'd be more big movies out, but it's just not a big day for movie releases. However, there are a few smaller films out today worth checking out, as well as a movie-related concert film and a couple of really nice collections. Also, another Bring It On, but those apparently come out every two weeks like clockwork.
Hold off on that diet shake and collagen injections: an actress was recently fired for being too thin and too young. Sienna Miller was reportedly released from Ridley Scott's Robin Hood movie because she proved to be too lissome a Maid Marian to the considerable bulk that is Russell Crowe. Reportedly (there's that word again), it was Crowe himself that demanded the cast change. One insider is said to have put it thusly regarding potential love scenes: "He's so old and fat, and she's so young and gorgeous. It's just... gross." So now they're looking for an actress with a few more years on her... and who doesn't look as though she'd snap like a piece of driftwood under the flailings of a bull elephant seal. Here are just a few suggestions for possible replacements.
Here at the Moviefile, we've been musing for a couple of months over the possibility of Russell Crowe playing both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Nottingham, Ridley Scott's re-imagined tale of the woodsy Prince of Thieves. Some of us even rooted for Crowe to don a frock and play Maid Marian, too. The world is ready for a huskier, hirsute Marian, don't you think? While we're at it, just have him play all the merry men, too. Sadly, dreams of an all-Crowe cast are being dashed by producer Brian Grazer, who has just revealed that Crowe won't even be playing the Sheriff of Nottingham, after all. Well, not really.
There have been many rumors about who would play Robin Hood in Ridley Scott's upcoming Nottingham. Scott needed someone who could match wits with Russell Crowe as the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the latest rumor is that Scott finally found someone who fits the bill: Russell Crowe. [I haven't seen casting that inspired since Jean-Claude Van Damme played twins in Double Impact! - Zach]
In Ridley Scott's reimagined version of the Robin Hood tale, it's the guy in the green tights who's a bit dodgy. (Perhaps even dodgier than Kevin Costner's accent in Prince of Thieves.) The Sheriff of Nottingham, as played by Russell Crowe, is supposed to be the sympathetic bloke. Even still, the good ol' sheriff didn't have the angels on his side when production on Nottingham was shut down this past weekend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming, which was to have begun in mid-August, "has been postponed indefinitely." It's not a tights famine or a dearth of merry men that's holding up things, but the triple threat of a possible SAG strike, lack of cooperation from Mother Nature, and a script rewrite. Such adversaries don't seem terribly exciting, considering the swashbuckling subject matter, but these days they're far more formidable than anything with a bow and arrow.
Director Ridley Scott's latest, a jet-setting espionage thriller set in the thick of the current Middle Eastern conflicts, is many things. Sometimes it's an action movie, sometimes it's a political movie, at times it's a workplace dramedy -- the boss/employee tension between Russell Crowe's and Leonardo DiCaprio's CIA agent characters is surprisingly relatable, with the two playing their own game of Spy vs. Spy throughout the film. It dips its toes in the waters of moral complexity, but doesn't stay there very long, and it even tries to find time to tell a love story, but doesn't stay there very long, either. The film would feel confused, but the storytelling is not directionless, per se -- more ambitious, really, and I think it tries much harder than most Hollywood films on the subject not to take a side on the issue. It opens with the W.H. Auden quote, "Those to whom evil is done do evil in return." And that's exactly what happens throughout the story. We're evil. They're evil. Our allies in the Middle East desperately trying to hold on to their wealth are evil. And the people who aren't evil are the ones who suffer most.