Robin Hood (2010) Poster



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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).
Arthur Darvill makes a cameo as a Groom.
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.
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.
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)).
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).
Originally, Russell Crowe was set to play both Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham. The idea was dropped.
Eileen Atkins replaced Vanessa Redgrave. Redgrave dropped out, after the death of her daughter Natasha Richardson.
The production had planned to recreate the Tower of London in Caernarfon, North Wales but later decided on doing the tower digitally.
Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris's original script "Nottingham" turned the traditional story on its head by portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in a more sympathetic light and Robin Hood as more of a villain. The script was extensively re-written by Brian Helgeland because director Ridley Scott wanted the Sheriff of Nottingham to be a more conflicted character. 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.
The film opened in the UK and USA on 14 May 2010 - Cate Blanchett's 41st birthday.
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.
Kevin Durand (Little John) reprises his role from a Toronto family musical of Robin Hood alongside ballerina Karen Kain and her husband Ross Petty.
In response to criticisms that he was too old to play Robin Hood, Russell Crowe crash dieted before filming began.
Rhys Ifans was rumored for the role of King Richard, but Danny Huston was cast.
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.
Before it was announced that Russell Crowe would play Robin Hood, both Christian Bale and Sam Riley were considered for the part.
Bryan Singer, Sam Raimi, and Jon Turteltaub were all considered to direct at various points.
Opening film at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
At one point, Saoirse Ronan and Gordon Pinsent were attached to the project.
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.
Philippe Vonlanthen was in talks to appear in this film after his role in Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007).


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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