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Russell Crowe less than impressed with “Robin Hoods” of the past

Russell Crowe is a two-for-one actor. On screen, he gives you depth, honesty, and raw emotion. Off screen, his lack of a filter results in refreshingly candid sound bites. How can you not love the guy?

Speaking on French TV’s Canal Plus Le Grand Journal Tuesday night, Crowe criticized versions of “Robin Hood” that came before his and Ridley Scott’s take, which hits American theaters on May 14.

“Past filmmakers and studios have ‘supposed’ things about Robin Hood,” the star said, according to People magazine. But his version, according to Crowe, “depicts the origins, where he might actually have come from” and avoids the “usual clichés.”

Crowe went on to gently rib Rob Hoods of the past. Of Errol Flynn, Crowe joked, “The practicality of going through an English forest, with all its coarse bushes and bramble and all that, in green tights? Not very practical now, is it?”

When shown a poster of Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood, Crowe hesitated before admitting that film “looks like a Jon Bon Jovi video.”

It wasn’t all negative, though. When the interviewer showed Crowe scenes from Disney’s 1973 animated film, the A-list actor dubbed it, “The best Robin Hood so far.”

Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” opens the Cannes International Film Festival on May 13, and will be in theaters the following day.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • April 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    I agree with Russell, have seen them all and they were pretty bad, Will be seeing this one too

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