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Date: 2008-06-18 23:34
Subject: nottingham
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The Telegraph is reporting that Ridley Scott is planning a Robin Hood movie. It's to be called Nottingham and will star Russell Crowe as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sienna Miller as Maid Marion and it will be a `revisionist' version with the Sheriff as the good guy and Robin Hood as the bad guy.
Now wait a minute. How on earth can you have a revisionist version of a story that's been cobbled together down the years from ballads and legends and stories and court records? You might as well write a revisionist version of Sherlock Holmes, or Sweeney Todd. What is the point of this? The characters could be anyone and it would have the same currency.
On the other hand, as Ridley Scott is a Brit I'm presuming he'll avoid the wonderful scene in Prince Of Thieves where Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman land under the white cliffs of Dover and Costner tells Freeman, "Tonight we will sleep in my father's house in Nottingham." Word up, Kevin, you'd be lucky if you could do that today. And then there's that extraordinary montage of their journey to Nottingham, which includes them walking along Hadrian's Wall, having mysteriously overshot Nottingham by a couple of hundred miles. Oh I love Prince Of Thieves. I shout at the television when I see that sequence.
On the third hand, it seems Robin has yet to be cast, and it would be only fair and symmetrical for Alan Rickman to play the part, don't you think?
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-19 22:00 (UTC)
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Actually, I like the bits where Rickman appears - he's by far the best thing about the film. I read somewhere that the Sheriff was to have been played by Richard E Grant, but he was working on Hudson Hawk at the time and shooting overran and he couldn't do it. I also read that Rickman turned the part down twice and only took it when the producers told him he could more or less do what he liked regarding interpreting the character. How true this is, I don't know, but if all the fun stuff came from Rickman then he rises in my estimation even more - and my estimation of him was already pretty high.
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