Crowe as Robin

Many of my blog readers are, like me, eagerly awaiting the release of the latest Robin Hood movie currently being filmed over here in England under the directorship of Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Let’s hope we are all not too disappointed!

Here is the latest Hollywood gossip courtesy of the Daily Mail:

“Russell Crowe has been working hard to ensure that the pounds don’t pile (back) on while he’s playing Robin Hood in the new movie.

The film’s producers have thought-fully installed £80,000 worth of gym equipment in one of the three Winnebago trailers he’s using on the set of the film about the outlaw famous in folk tales for robbing the rich to give to the poor.

The converted motor home is full of weightlifting gear, a cycle machine and other fitness paraphernalia, to keep Crowe looking lean in his Lincoln Green.

The actor dieted and trained for several weeks before shooting started six weeks ago. ‘Russell’s a professional. He knew he was cast to play Robin, not Friar Tuck,’ one wag on the set told me.
For what was initially labelled a ‘difficult production,’ work on Robin Hood has (so far) been relatively smooth and executives at Universal in Los Angeles have been delighted with the footage that has been speeding its way back to them on a daily basis.

Shooting was to have begun last autumn and among many problems was a script that no one liked. Someone who saw an early draft told me it was one of the worst he’d read in years.
However, various people have toiled away on it, including Tom Stoppard, who gave it a top-to-bottom polish that left everyone happy-particularly Crowe, director Ridley Scott and leading lady Cate Blanchett.

The Oscar-winning actress joined the film after a red alert went out from Crowe and Scott when Sienna Miller withdrew from the project and Kate Winslet and Rachel Weisz were found to be otherwise engaged.

Shooting continues until early August and includes a two-week French invasion segment that will be filmed in Pembrokeshire.”


Clement Glen said...

Robin Hood Films
Russell Crowe

Azul María said...

I can't wait 2 see that movie!!!! Even if I don't like Blanchet as Marian :P


Clement Glen said...

Greetings Azul Maria,

Yes there is a great deal of expectation-will it be as good as Gladiator?

Who would you prefer as Maid Marian?

Neil said...

These comments from Universal augers well:-

Everything is on schedule." Universal chairman Marc Shmuger said: "Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe asked us to visit to see more than an hour of footage they've already shot, which was nothing short of spectacular. We couldn't be more excited by what we saw.”

Clement Glen said...

Good to hear from you Neil.

I was wondering where you had got to!

Azul María said...

Gosh! i'd like to receive that kind of invitations more often, hahaha.

Mmm, and about Marian... I really don't know, someone younger perhaps, like Charlize Theron... or not necessarily a famous actress.

(BTW: Sorry 4 my english, hahaha)

Azul María said...

Kate Winslet!!!! hahahahaha

Clement Glen said...

Your English is better than my Mexican, Azul Maria!!!

Thank you for the link to my web site. I will do the same for you.

I think Kate Winslet would make a good Marian. But of course there will only ever be one Maid Marian, JOAN RICE !

Have you seen Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood? What did you think of it?

Azul María said...

No I haven't :(
Just the animated one, haha.
But where can I get it now? :S

Clement Glen said...

Azul Maria,

the best place to get the DVD of Disney's Story of Robin Hood is on Ebay. But it is now available across the USA.

WoodsyLadyM said...

A great actor like Crowe needs a great actress like Blanchett. Of course Kate Winslet would have done very well too. I still don't understand the bias against older actors, male or female. Not that they're that old, early to mid 40s. They're in their prime I say. ;-)

Clement Glen said...

Absolutely agree WoodsyLadyM,

Now where did I leave my walking stick..........?

WoodsyLadyM said...
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WoodsyLadyM said...

I keep my walking stick in my truck for hikes. ;-) More like a staff really, like Little John's.