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Russell Crowe On Robin Hoods of the Past!

I am such a sucker for Russell Crowe. If he wasn’t the lead in the new Robin Hood movie, with Cate Blanchett, I wouldn’t even blink. But I cannot wait to see what Ridley Scott has done with the overhashed story of the folk hero who stole taxes back from the ruling class and returned them to the citizens. (hmmm what an idea!)

Russell was asked by French TV’s Canal Plus Le Grand Journal what he thought of past Robin Hood movies.

Said the actor as he took a sip of wine, “I’m going to get myself in trouble again.”

So here we go! Russell’s take on the merry men of the past!

• Examining a photo of Errol Flynn in the classic 1938 Warner Bros. Technicolor The Adventures of Robin Hood, Crowe questioned Flynn’s wardrobe selection: “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?”

• Shown a scene from Disney’s 1973 full-length animated Robin Hood, he said with a wink: “The best Robin Hood so far.”

• When a poster of Kevin Costner in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves appeared onscreen, Crowe hesitated. Asked had he seen Costner’s film, he hesitated still. After some additional coaxing, he responded finally: “It looks like a Jon Bon Jovi video.”

Farceur Mel Brooks’s 1993 parody Robin Hood: Men In Tights, which starred Cary Elwes, Crowe ranks “the most entertaining” version – but adds this proviso: “Again, it examines the same exact clichés as all the other films that wrap the legend up and throw it away. And once Mel Brooks has had a go at it, it’s time to wipe the slate clean.”

I have to agree that the Disney version is my favorite, too. And Costner’s does look like a music video. ;-)

Pics of Russell Crow at the premier of Robin Hood in Madrid, Spain Below!

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