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Robin Hood (2010) Poster

(2010)

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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).
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).
A planned sequel was canceled due to the film's poor performance at the box office.
Russell Crowe's attempt at an English accent drew much criticism.
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.
Originally, Russell Crowe was set to play both Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham. The idea was dropped.
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)).
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.
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.
In response to criticisms that he was too old to play Robin Hood, Russell Crowe crash dieted before filming began.
Before Sienna Miller was cast as Maid Marion, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Blunt, Angelina Jolie Pitt, 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.
Kevin Durand (Little John) reprises his role from a Toronto family musical of Robin Hood alongside ballerina Karen Kain and her husband Ross Petty.
Eileen Atkins replaced Vanessa Redgrave. Redgrave dropped out, after the death of her daughter Natasha Richardson.
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.
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.
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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Arthur Darvill makes a cameo as a Groom.
Before it was announced that Russell Crowe would play Robin Hood, both Christian Bale and Sam Riley were considered for the part.
The film opened in the UK and USA on 14 May 2010 - Cate Blanchett's 41st birthday.
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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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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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Is the second highest-grossing medieval film.
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Opening film at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
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Bryan Singer, Sam Raimi, and Jon Turteltaub were all considered to direct at various points.
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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's budget ballooned from $155 million to $200 million.
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Kevin Durand and Scott Grimes also appeared with Russell Crowe in, "Mystery, Alaska" (1999).
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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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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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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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There were complaints that Russell Crowe's Robin Hood looked too much like Maximus in Gladiator (2000).
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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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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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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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Reunites William Hurt and Max von Sydow after their first encounter in Until the End of the World (1991).
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Oscar Isaac and Max von Sydow appeared together again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
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Oscar Isaac plays a role previously played by Ian Holm, as do Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and Martin Freeman in _The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). All three films also featured Cate Blanchett.
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In an early scene Maid Marion spoke of the seed for crops. She said corn seed. There wasn't corn seed during the middle ages. Corn was introduced by Columbus in 1492. He brought it from the new world.
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At one point, Saoirse Ronan and Gordon Pinsent were attached to the project.
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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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Philippe Vonlanthen was in talks to appear in this film after his role in Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007).
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Jean Reno, Tomer Sisley and Guillaume Gallienne were considered for roles in this film.
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Giannina Facio is the woman who played the wife of Maximus (Russell Crowe) in Gladiator. She can also be seen briefly in a background scene in Robin Hood apparently as Marshal's wife.
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"Alan Doyle (Alan O'Dayle in Robin Hood) and his band can be heard in a scene in State of Play, when Crowe's character Cal is driving his old beater car - he's playing either a radio, cassette, or CD of the bands music.
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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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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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Reunites Russell Crowe and Simon McBurney who previously appeared in Body of Lies (2008), also directed by Ridley Scott.
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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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