Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Robin Hood, my Arse...





Can I just come right out and say how much I hate the idea of Russell Crowe playing Robin Hood? To me, Robin Hood should be mature, but not above 40. (As I'm sure at that time 40 was probably considered pretty well aged) He should also not be all doughy. UGH. This is not just my personal dislike for R.C. here, I really am not in love with his acting either. And why can't they get an English guy to play him?

My picks are...

1. James Purefoy
I realize that James is probably the same approximate age as Russell Crowe, but what a difference! He has a roguish charm that would definitely suit the role.



2. Matthew Macfadyn
I know that  Mr. Macfadyn will be playing the Sheriff of Nottingham, who the movie was suppossed to be about originally. Too bad we will not be getting THAT movie.



3. Henry Cavill

This guy deserves a feature role! Not only is he the hottest and most compelling character on The Tudors (sorry, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) but he was beaten out of playing not one but two roles by Robert Pattison.  Henry auditioned for the role of Cedric Diggory for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Stephanie Meyer pretty much wrote the character of Edward Cullen with Henry in mind, saying "The only actor I've ever seen who I think could come close to pulling off Edward Cullen is....(drumroll)...Henry Cavill". But by the time they were able to cast the movie, Pattison looked closer to Edward Cullen's 17 than Cavill. O, what might have been!  Imagine a world without RPatz mania...seems peaceful, no?



 4. Jeremy Northam

Loved him in Emma.  Loved him even more in Gosford Park and Possession. Played Sir Thomas Moore on The Tudors. It's time to give this man a weapon. 



 
 5. Kevin McKidd 

I realize I'm contradicting myself, Kevin McKidd is not English but Scots. However, anyone who has seen Rome knows he can put on an English accent no problem. He's mature but still has a boyish charm that I find appealing. Not only that but the guy is a hell of an actor (way better than R.C., IMO) and can shoot daggers with his eyes better than anyone I've ever seen.

What do you guys think? Am I being too harsh on Mr. Crowe or are you as disturbed as I am? Who would YOU see as Robin Hood?

17 comments:

Sleep Goblin said...

man, i totally agree with you. blech. also, my friend kim agrees too, because she shared some crap about it on google reader a while ago.

i love being reminded by you how much i love james purefoy. and i love that you watch the tudors!!! henry cavill is pretty awesome. i think jeremy northam is a great actor, but i don't want to jump his bones or anything. i too like kevin mckidd. now... matthew macfadyn looks VERY familiar, but i can't place him... what's he been in?

Bee said...

He played Mr. Darcy in the most recent Pride & Prejudice (the one with Kiera Knightley) and he was in the Brit version of Death at a Funeral.

Brian said...

Yeesh, I realize there hasn't been a Robin Hood movie since Kevin Costner, but didn't that kind of kill the "genre"? Why the hell doesn't somebody make a blockbuster about the Monkey King or something really cool that hasn't been done by Hollywood before instead of continuously rehashing shit?

(Yes, I know making the Monkey King would be a re-hash, but like I said, it hasn't been done by Hollywood)

Layne said...

Well, as a huge Russell Crowe fan, I'm very excited to see Russell in this role. There are a few other actors that I could see playing it-Christian Bale and Clive Owen both come to mind, but I think Russell will do a great job!

Selga said...

I think you're spot on in saying that Russell Crowe is a terrible choice. The last thing I want to see is him grumbling his lines with those dead eyes of his. Yuck! I'm down with Jeremy Northam or James Purefoy, but the others are also excellent choices. I think R.C. needs to stick to singing, if only because it prevents him from acting.

kimberlina said...

matthew! matthew! matthew!!!

jesus god he was delicious in pride & prejudice. ... i think i'm gonna need a rewatch soon.

kimberlina said...

and yes, BOO to russell! he always looks the same!

Bee said...

Oh Matthew as Mr. Darcy...SWOON!!!

Liz said...

Yes, I do think you are being too harsh on Mr. Crowe. (It's your blog and you can say what you like , but you DID ask.)
Sorry, but anyone who has watched a Beautiful Mind, or Gladiator, or 3:10 to Yuma, would know he has the most expressive eyes going. However, there is none so blind as they who will not see.
As for always looking the same , he is the most chameleonic actor out there. Does anyone seriously think Wigand from The Insider, Maximus and Cal McAffrey from State of Play look the same ??? Bizarre indeed.
Having said that, I am rather partial to Jeremy Northam myself...but not as Robin Hood.

Bee said...

Not sure if I can agree with your argument, but I do salute you for sticking to your guns and defending your favorite actor. I would do the same if, say...Gary Oldman were called in to question. But who would ever question Gary Oldman? He's exquisite.

Sleep Goblin said...

ooooh, mr. darcy! maybe i should watch that again. the one time was all i could stomach at the time, because that girl's lips drive me INSANE.

Lindsey Lou said...

I kind of think Russell Crowe could really work as Robin Hood. But I would also salivate over the prospect of seeing James Purefoy, Henry Cavill, or Jeremy Northam in ANYTHING. Are you reading my mind? I love all those guys! :)

Traxy said...

Wait, WHAT?! McFadyen as the Sheriff?! o.O Erm... okay? That sounds just... wrong!

Traxy said...

Ooooh yeah, that would've been an awesome concept! My hubby and I have been discussing Prince John from that perspective. He's always made out to be the villain and King Richard being the good guy, but when you think about it... John was trying to keep together a country that was (good as) being bankrupted by it's king to finance being out killing "infidels" in the Holy Land. He hardly spent any time in England, and John was left to try and run the country in his absence. Richard really wasn't the saint he's made out to be, and nor was John really the baddie. That's our view of it.

In a way, you could say the BBC did a take on the RH role reversal, considering they made Robin out to be an arrogant prick and Gisborne to be the most sympathetic (and utterly gorgeous) villain ever. That was a confused show...

Bee said...

I saw a few episodes of it when it first came on! I think it's on Netflix instant now, should I watch the whole thing? You can't say 'utterly gorgeous' and expect me to ignore it!

Traxy said...

Well... it's not a very good show, to be fair, but it's kind of been known to attract the ladies because of Richard Armitage. ;)

Here's a good example of why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV3ZlvkucAs. It doesn't just have RH clips, as it happens, but it's a very good video, and it also features the guy in cravat. A pure RH clip is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvKgrAqtkBs from season 2, which has most of us drooling and uncommunicative. *giggle*

But umm, yeah, I wouldn't watch that show for the plots...

Bee said...

Um...hee...that second clip...how to I say this...Thank You!

I think I'm literally drooling.