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Nottingham Now Robin Hood

Published February 17, 2009 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Movies Blog
Ridley Scott Ridley Scott
What's in a name? Though Ridley Scott admits changing both the idea and title of Nottingham -- now called Robin Hood -- that doesn't make the film any less confusing.

Ridley Scott Explains Robin Hood

Talking with MTV, Ridley Scott discusses both his old and new idea of Robin Hood. Both sound very interesting and both manage to be kind of confusing. What we do know now, however, is the film's villain. The Sheriff of Nottingham? Ha, he's weak! We're talking all of France here!

“[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.”

As a result, in Scott’s film the Sheriff will be “less important; the Sheriff of Nottingham is always a kind of an amusing character in most of the movies, who represents the hierarchy in the story at that point,” Scott explained.

Yes, the Sheriff will still be getting some attention, but there is a bigger villain now.

So, rather than the Robin-vs.-Sheriff showdowns we’ve come to expect from “Robin Hood” movies, Scott has instead employed the history of the time to make an entire country the villain. “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.”

“[In] 1066 Harold II went against William the Conqueror. Harold took an arrow in his eye, and William the Conqueror took over England, and so France owned everything right through,” Scott explained of the turmoil of that age. “Even to the extent of changing the architecture of the churches from Anglo-Saxon to Roman, that’s French; they changed the arches in the churches.”

MTV goes onto ask Scott whether Russell Crowe will be ready, *cough* fit, for the role. Not only will the actor have lost the weight he put on for his role in Body of Lies, but he already has four months of archery practice behind him.

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