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Robin Hood (2010) Poster

(2010)

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At 45, Russell Crowe is the oldest actor to have played Robin Hood in a movie. Sean Connery was nearly 45 when he played a veteran Robin Hood in Robin and Marian (1976).
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A planned sequel was canceled due to the film's poor performance at the box office.
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Ridley Scott said the only previous Robin Hood movie he thought was any good is Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).
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Russell Crowe originally decided to grow his hair long for the role of Robin Hood. He wore wigs in Body of Lies (2008) and State of Play (2009) to hide his long hair. But shortly before filming began, he decided to cut it short.
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Originally, Russell Crowe was set to play both Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham. The idea was dropped.
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Russell Crowe's attempt at an English accent drew much criticism.
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In response to criticisms that he was too old to play Robin Hood, Russell Crowe crash dieted before filming began.
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Russell Crowe walked out of a BBC radio interview with Mark Lawson when he was questioned about his accent in this film.
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Alan Doyle, the actor who played one of Robin's cohorts (Allan A'Dayle), is the lead singer of the Canadian band Great Big Sea. He sings throughout the movie, usually while playing a stringed instrument.
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Russell Crowe presented Oprah Winfrey with a sword, longbow and arrow that he'd used during this production. The sword, which actually belonged to Ridley Scott, bore the insignia - "Rise and Rise Again Until Lambs Become Lions" - on its mother-of-pearl handle. Scott and Crowe had both felt that the motto epitomized Oprah's tenacity and her phenomenal rise to fame (The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 16 April 2010 (2010)).
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Eileen Atkins replaced Vanessa Redgrave. Redgrave dropped out after the death of her daughter Natasha Richardson.
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The film's budget ballooned from $155 million to $200 million.
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Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe weren't getting along well on set, which eventually soured their relationship.
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This was Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe's fifth collaboration. Their other film collaborations being Gladiator (2000), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), & Body of Lies (2008).
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The brown hood worn by Russell Crowe was won by the "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" show at "Russell Crowe's 'Art of Divorce' Auction", which was held April 7, 2018. The hood (along with other memorabilia purchased in the auction), was given to the Anchorage, Alaska Blockbuster Video store in hopes of attracting customers to keep it open. Sadly, the Blockbuster store closed in summer 2018.
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Before Sienna Miller was cast as Maid Marion, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Blunt, Angelina Jolie, Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman were considered. After Miller dropped out before filming due to production delays that caused scheduling conflicts, Annabelle Wallis, Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron were rumored to take over, before the part eventually went to Cate Blanchett.
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Before it was announced that Russell Crowe would play Robin Hood, both Christian Bale and Sam Riley were considered for the part.
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Kevin Durand (Little John) reprises his role from a Toronto family musical of Robin Hood alongside ballerina Karen Kain and her husband Ross Petty.
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Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris's original script "Nottingham" was described as "Sherlock Holmes in Sherwood" or "CSI: Sherwood Forest", which turned the traditional story on its head by portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in a more sympathetic light as a forensic detective, and Robin Hood as more of a villain. The script immediately drew the attention of Russell Crowe, who was keen to play the Sheriff. The script was sold overnight to Ron Howard's production company Imagine Entertainment after a bidding war, and Ridley Scott was soon attached as director. However, Scott demanded extensive re-writes by Brian Helgeland because he wanted a more action-driven story, and wanted the Sheriff of Nottingham to be a more conflicted character. However, Scott also rejected Helgeland's version, which supposedly had the Sheriff and Robin Hood being the same person. New rewrites were done by British playwright Paul Webb and later by Tom Stoppard, who reworked the story while the movie was already being filmed. Reportedly, $6.7 million was spent on the script and subsequent re-writes, during which the Sheriff character (played by Matthew Macfadyen) was reduced to a bit-part. Not much of the original screenplay survived except for a bigger role for maid Marion, but despite this, Reiff and Voris still retained a story credit.
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Is the second highest-grossing medieval film.
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Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Rachel Weisz were, in that order, the three main candidates in consideration to play Maid Marian. After Winslet turned the part down, Blanchett was offered the role. Since she accepted, Weisz didn't get the offer.
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The only thing the original script and the final product have in common (besides the general subject matter) is making the Queen Mother Eleanor of Aquitaine a key supporting character.
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One of the 25 Magna Carta Barons was nobleman William Marshal 2nd Earl of Pembroke, son of William Marshal 1st Earl of Pembroke, the character played by William Hurt.
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Arthur Darvill makes a cameo as a Groom.
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George, the horse that Russell Crowe rode in Gladiator (2000), appears in this film. Similarly, Rusty, the white horse in this film, would work with Crowe again in Les Misérables (2012). Crowe claims that both horses recognized him, even after ten years in George's case.
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Opening film at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
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According to Mark Strong, Sir Godfrey was originally called Conrad and was based on Guy of Gisbourne. He described the original character as having blond hair and a disfigurement from being struck by a crossbow bolt.
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The battering ram used during the filming at the Bourne Wood in Surrey, which was nicknamed 'Rosie' by the film crew and is worth £60,000, was donated by Russell Crowe to a Scottish charity, the Clanranald Trust to be used for battle re-enactments at a fort named Duncarron, built in a forest near the Carron Reservoir in North Lanarkshire.
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Filming was delayed due to Ridley Scott's dissatisfaction with the script and a writer's strike.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and William Hurt; and one Oscar nominees: Max von Sydow.
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This movie contains seven Game of Thrones (2011) actors and actresses. This includes Max von Sydow (Sir Walter Loxley) who plays the Three-eyed raven, Mark Addy (Friar Tuck) who plays Robert Baratheon, Robert Pugh (Baron Baldwin) who plays Craster, Ralph Ineson (Northerner) who plays Dagmer Cleftjaw, Mark Lewis Jones (Stone Mason Longstride) who plays Shagga and Kerry Ingram (Village child) who plays Shireen Baratheon, and Bronson Webb (Jimoen) who plays Will the Nightwatch deserter.
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There were complaints that Russell Crowe's Robin Hood looked too much like Maximus in Gladiator (2000).
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The film opened in the UK and USA on 14 May 2010 - Cate Blanchett's 41st birthday.
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Kevin Durand and Scott Grimes also appeared with Russell Crowe in, Mystery, Alaska (1999).
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Alan Doyle (Allan A'Dayle), a member of the band Great Big Sea, wrote the theme song for the show "Republic of Doyle", a detective series set in his native Newfoundland. Doyle and Scott Grimes (Will Scarlet) were often guest stars on the series. For the Season 3 premiere, Doyle and Grimes enlisted friends Russell Crowe (Robin Longstride) and Kevin Durand (Little John) to reunite in a special guest starring role.
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The production had planned to recreate the Tower of London in Caernarfon, North Wales but later decided on doing the tower digitally.
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Russell Crowe enlisted Alan Doyle to play Allan A'Dayle, having collaborated with him on the album My Hand, My Heart.
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Bryan Singer, Sam Raimi, and Jon Turteltaub were all considered to direct at various points.
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Richard and John's mother, Elanor of Aquitaine, was played in The Lion in Winter (1968) by Katharine Hepburn. Cate Blanchett played Hepburn in The Aviator (2004).
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Rhys Ifans was rumored for the role of King Richard, but Danny Huston was cast.
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Universal Pictures acquired the rights to Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris's spec script in an aggressive bidding contest with other studios such as New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Sony, New Regency Enterprises, and DreamWorks.
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Reunites William Hurt and Max von Sydow after their first encounter in Until the End of the World (1991).
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Giannina Facio is the woman who played the wife of Maximus in Gladiator (2000). She can also be seen briefly in a background scene in this film, apparently as Marshal's wife.
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At one point, Saoirse Ronan and Gordon Pinsent were attached to the project.
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Jean Reno, Tomer Sisley and Guillaume Gallienne were considered for roles in this film.
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The name of the Loxley's plow horse is Goliath.
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The song "Women of Ireland- Mna na h-Eireann" played during a dance scene was previously featured in the Oscar-winning score of Stanley Kubrick's 1975 epic "Barry Lyndon". That earlier version was recorded by The Chieftans.
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Reunites Russell Crowe, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong and Oscar Isaac, who all previously appeared in Body of Lies (2008), also directed by Ridley Scott.
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Anthony Hopkins made his film debut playing King Richard in The Lion in Winter (1968). Ridley Scott later directed him in Hannibal (2001). In the film Robin and Marian (1976), Richard was played by Richard Harris while King John was played by Ian Holm. Scott directed Harris in Gladiator (2000) and Holm in Alien (1979).
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Philippe Vonlanthen was in talks to appear in this film after his role in Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007).
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Oscar Isaac plays a role previously played by Ian Holm. Both films also featured Cate Blanchett.
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Cate Blanchett was previously considered for the role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001), also directed by Ridley Scott.
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The same year as the film's release Arthur Darvill (Groom) joined the long-running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) as Rory Williams, the boyfriend of The Eleventh Doctor's (Matt Smith) new companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). Patrick Troughton whom played played The Second Doctor in the series had played Robin Hood in the 1953 mini-series and his grandson actor Sam Troughton played Robin Hood's sidekick Much in Robin Hood (2006) (TV Series). In Season 8, The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) meet Robin Hood (Tom Riley).
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Stephen Armourae: Stage actor who played Robin Hood on stage in London, England in 2008, appears as a French Lord alongside Mark Strong, with a beard and mustache. He later also appears clean-shaved as a Baron in the Magna Carta scene.
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