Director Ridley Scott has finally broken his silence regarding his Robin Hood drama starring Russell Crowe. Rumors have been swirling about the project since last year regarding the film’s co-stars and it’s production. Finally, Ridley Scott has decided to clue us in on what’s really going on in Nottingham. In an exclusive interview with MTV, the director gave some insight into his vision for the legendary theif.
The biggest misconception about the film surrounds it’s main character. There were reports that star Russell Crowe would play both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, which left many fans confused.
“[Crowe as both Robin and the Sheriff of Nottingham] was an idea so far back, way back when at the time I had this proposed to me, and I read it and thought, ‘I don’t really know what it does for it, but it’s alright’,” Scott recalled of the now-abandoned idea. “It is better to simply have the evolution of a character called Robin Hood, who will come out of a point in the Crusades which is the end.”
With the focus being on Robin Hood, he stated that the Sheriff’s role will be “less important.” The main villain this time around isn’t a single person, but something greater that reflects the times. “It is from France. It is the French,” he insisted. “The villain is much bigger in that sense; much more important, and much more dangerous.”
As for the negative buzz surrounding the less than stellar physical condition of the film’s star, Scott assures us that Russell Crowe will be ready for the part.
“He is going to be totally fit. That is not a problem at all.And he’s been working on his bow and arrow for about 4 months,” Scott revealed. “He sends me tapes of him hitting targets at about 45 meters. He’s pretty good!”
The one big thing I wish he clarified was the possible casting of Maid Marian. Sienna Miller was originally attached to the role, but pulled out because of scheduling conflicts. There have been rumors circulating that Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is her replacement, but no confirmation has been made.