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Updated w/ Genuine Casting News! Is Christian Bale NOTTINGHAM'S Robin Hood?

It's Beaks again... El Mayimbe at Latino Review has the latest on the Robin Hood casting front: Russell Crowe is evidently lobbying for Sam Riley! Bale may be capable enough, but this is much more like it. Riley's portrayal of Ian Curtis in Anton Corbijn's CONTROL was once-in-a-lifetime stuff. Kid's the goods. It'll be interesting to see what kind of range he's got, but, until he proves otherwise, I'll just assume he can do anything. Who's next? Is Friar Tuck in this thing? Will Scarlett? Little John? We'll keep you updated...

Beaks here... Though I am loath to believe a single word printed in the Daily Mail, I must admit that yesterday's gossip item about Christian Bale being "in talks" to play a bad-guy Robin Hood in Ridley Scott's revisionist NOTTINGHAM seemed fairly genuine. With Russell Crowe on board as the good-guy Sheriff, and Sienna Miller recently cast as Marian... why the hell not Bale? While I can't provide any specifics, I can tell you this much: there is absolutely no truth to the Daily Mail's rumor. Christian Bale is not playing Robin Hood. As for who might be picking up where Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Richard Gautier and a cartoon fox left off, I'm sure we'll know soon, 'cuz NOTTINGHAM is currently scheduled to begin shooting this August. I wonder what Paul Bettany's up to. Bale's next movie is called THE DARK KNIGHT. I hear it's pretty damn good.

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  • June 21, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Damn you for waiting until the second paragraph...

    by Son of Hades tell us this rumor is false. 3:10 to Yuma was excellent; I'd love to see these two on screen together again. Any decent Batman villains Crowe could pull off?

  • June 21, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Here's more news on this Ridley Scott project

    by Suki_Jonze but do you know for sure bale will not be in it?

  • June 21, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    revisionist robin hood?

    by vadakinX

    Why do I get the feeling that this movie won't go down too well? Even though it's a Ridley Scott film, people want Robin Hood to be...well...good. It would be like making a Superman movie where Kal-El is the vanguard for a Kryptonian invasion fleet and only Lex Luthor has the genius and technology to stop the evil aliens. <p> Sure, it would be interesting to see the Sheriff as the good guy, I just don't think a lot of people will buy into it.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Guy Pearce

    by Son of Hades

    Yes, this.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by cornponious

    That way I cover whatever number I actually end up as.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I have a story for it Mr. Mc.poops

    by vadakinX

    If DC ever realise what a talent I am, you may see it in comic form :P

  • June 21, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    AICN has no love for men in tights?

    by therightclique

    Why didn't you list Cary Elwes in the list of great Robin Hoods? Your entire opinion on the subject is immediately invalidated by the omission of my generation's Robin Hood.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by vadakinX

    Sorry, name correction noted.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by vadakinX

    It's because he "speaks with an English accent" :P

  • June 21, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    bale's mortgage repayments

    by GreenFlashlight

    dude must be getting nailed by the credit crunch. why else is he going to be in every film for the rest of this decade

  • June 21, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Revisionism of legends is a wonderful concept.

    by Stalin vs Predator

    The amazing success of "King Arthur" has proven that.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    TO: vadakinX

    by Project424

    download celtx and do us up a first draft of your genius concept -- it's been ages since a good screenplay popped up on my monitor...

  • June 21, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Every town has it's ups and downs

    by eggart

    Sometime ups outnumber the downs, but not in Nottingham.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I would...

    by Crow3711

    Kill an old homeless bastard and his dog to see Bale be Patrick Bateman again in any capacity. Anyway, I'd say Bale is in everything lately because the people in charge recognize something unique. A guy who has huge box-office star potential, plus ridiculous talent and dedication to his craft. I've never met anyone who is like "Bale? Yeah, hes okay." The guy is racking up nerd cred, box office cred, oscar cred, and all other types of cred imaginable. He's on fire.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    joeelliot... I'd agree with you about him being in too much...

    by beastie

    ... but, unlike Rogen, Bale tends to not only pull off every roll he's in, but nail them. I'd be willing to see him in everything if he's hitting the notes the way he has been lately.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I have CeltX

    by vadakinX

    And Final Draft. And I'm currently writing a Superman script, though not the one I just mentioned. Unfortunately I'm not writing THE Superman script because Warners don't know I exist haha.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Oh, and some suggestions, if you don't mind, "sir" Scott...

    by Stalin vs Predator

    Reverse the trend. Defecating on legends is not enough. That's been done; in fact, children do that online every day, mostly with very bad Flash animations.<p> To be really edgy, try going from the other end: bronze the villains! How about starting with "Adolf: The Misunderstood Saint"? <p> <p>If you're not ready for that yet, then perhaps look to your somewhat more talented namesake Walter and go through all of his novels. Start with making Ivanhoe a cutthroat robber and backwoods rapist. That'll sell.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    So, uh, great story?

    by PirateEmery

    There's this news story on AICN breaking the news that Christian Bale is and is not Robin Hood. So, uh, great story, AICN.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I have a man-crush on Bale. Kinda feels alright. Dammit

    by depalma25

    Bale was offered Bond at one point. Jeez, Batman, John Conner, Patrick Bateman, and now now maybe Robin Hood. Let's face it, the dude can act, can play any European as well as American character. He's physical enough where he can do action, but a dedicated enough actor where he's willing to, um I dunno...drop friggin' 70lbs for a role! Forget about dedication, the guy is an extremely capable actor. He's not a "early Johnny Depp" either who balks at the prospect of playing an action star or a superhero. I was around his age when he did Empire of the Sun, and practically forgot about him, until American Psycho, in a performance that rose above the material and definitely got my attention. He just looked and acted like a star. He's the ultimate leading man (sorry Clooney) who in ten, fifteen years, maybe too old to play an action star, will take his career to a whole other level. Sounds like i have a man crush on the dude, but it's about time our generation of men have a Steve McQueen like star to idolize. Clooney, doesn't get dirty enough, Brad Pitt (well, Troy, nuff said). There, I said it, Christian Bale is our Steve McQueen. Oh yeah, one more thing, Nottingham sounds promising but not entirely an easy sell. A Robin Hood remake with Bale as our hero would be a safer bet, but then again everyone though Scott was nuts for resurecting the sword and sandal epic. I think we should reserve judgement on how good it's going to be, at least.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Bale is yummy!

    by ERIS

  • June 21, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    you forgot...

    by posbasso

    Cary Elwes, wink, wink...

  • June 21, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by posbasso

    Sorry, therightclique.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I wish Bale was in everything

    by Adelai Niska

    The man is awesome. I won't complain about a kick-ass leading man making a slew of good movies. Everyone complains that "they don't make 'em like, or as often as, they used to," but Bale is cranking out movies like it's the 1940s. I love it. He's becoming a mark of quality like the Harry Dean Stanton Rule.

  • June 21, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST



  • June 21, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Yoiks, and awayyy!!!

    by Papa Boule

    Yoiks, and away!!

  • June 21, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    If it was up to me, we'd get

    by TheNorthlander

    Will Smith or Keanu Reeves.<br> Oh hell, let's get BOTH!

  • June 21, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Orlando Bloom as Robin Hood???

    by lavalizard69

    He already knows how to use a bow!!!

  • June 21, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I vote for Bruce Campbell.



  • June 21, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by depalma25

    I hope, and believe, it's not as simplisitic as Robin Hood being this anarchistic, evil character and Russell Crowe, as this one-dimensional do-gooder. From what i've read, Nottingham has just come into power, the people are starving and suffering from previous tyranical rule, and all of a sudden, some robber is stirring up trouble...not to mention moving in on his lady. I think we will se a more tortured, torn Nottingham, and a little less heroric, but yet still well-intentioned Robin Hood -- I believe thier characters will have the same motives. The plot is just examined from another point-of-view. Someone mentioned King Arthur, which was yes Revisionist yes, but not from the point-of-view of other characters. It was not a failure for it's different outlook on the legend. Let's not forget, there have been several versions of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Great characters are often led down revisionist lane. Dracula has had many reincarnations (some keeping with him as evil, others being more sympathetic). Shakespearan retellings are legendary. We've had several werewolf stories. Why not Robin Hood?

  • June 21, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Adelai Niska

    by BadMrWonka

    Harry Dean Stanton was in You, Me and Dupree...just saying

  • June 21, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by TheNorthlander

    King Arthur was directed by Antoine Fuqua, whose best work is Training Day and Shooter.<br> This here will be Ridley Scott, man.

  • I love that line

  • June 21, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    they need a better maid marion

    by seabiscuits

    but i'm down with the robin hood, anyone from octagonproplex's list would be fine, well the ones I've heard of anyways.

  • June 21, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell

    by kungfuhustler84

    there's really no other choice.

  • June 21, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Could Bale be pulling a Sam Jackson?

    by kungfuhustler84

    He's a great actor, but it gets annoying seeing the same four or five actors in every movie. And the whole bad guy Robin Hood thing just sounds really, really shitty and uninteresting. He's a hero, plain and simple. The Adventures of Robin Hood with Erol Flynn is one of my favorite movies ever.

  • June 21, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    There's your semi-badguy Robin Hood.

  • June 21, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I know Northlander, that was my point

    by depalma25

    I said the reason King Arthur was a failure was not for it being revisionist. I didn't mention why it sucked because I figured that was obvious. Although I do think Training Day is a good film, and Tears of the Sun isn't that bad (abliet majorly flawed).

  • just joking.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    wait what? > Kalon Reza

    by happyboy

    is it news to you that Seth Rogan sucks monkey butt? why are you jumping on the dude who points out the obvious. in other news water is wet. terrorism is bad. my dog's breath smells like dog food

  • June 21, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    He still looks like a bubble headed

    by wintocha67

    freakish version of the child he once was in Empire of the Sun. But it's the opposite with Natalie Portman. Watching her in Professional is like watching a shrunken head.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Are we sure that Robin Hood...

    by MartinX

    Is actually a "Bad Guy" in this? I mean, he's not the focus or "Hero", but that doesn't necessarily mean he's the villain. Given the people involved, it's unlikely to be as simple as the cartoonish approach to good Guys/Bad Guys that Prince of Thieves or most other Robin Hoods take. I wouldn't be too suprised if the conflict in the movie comes from the Civil Servant Nottingham, being tasked with the duty of clearing up the terrorism of Robin Hood, while at the same time having to deal with the fact that his bosses are responsible for the oppression and poverty that Robin Hood feeds off. I'll wager that a less sympathetic Robin Hood just means that they are indroducing an element of moral ambiguity to the character, because it's told from the Sherriffs point of view, and as far as he knows, Robin Hood is just a murderer and a thief.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by rutgersjaffo

    Just in case it hasn't been posted anywhere else yet, there will be a Watchmen trailer with the new Batman and said trailer will feature Dr. Manhattan in all his glory as well as the crystal palace on Mars, among other gems. Looking forward to it!

  • June 21, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    You forgot Cary Elwes

    by Rufferto

    In your list of Robin Hoods. Men in Tights = Underrated. Prince of thieves was one crappy movie. I was hoping some one would make a good one one day but Russel Crowe? Sounds lame.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    cary elwas was good in men in tights..

    by soup74

    and that was the only good thing about men in tights. that movie was already a groaner when it came out 15 years ago. come on, the 'rap' number?

  • June 21, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    elwes that is.

    by soup74

  • June 21, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Fucking Bale rocks.

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    I swear this guy hits the F5 button all day & gets first dibbs on all the movie parts. Rightfully so, he rarely fucks up movies, oh shit they've all been good. American Psycho!!!!

  • June 21, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    I agree with you. In dramaturgical terms, hero just means the main character, and doesn't have any bearing on their moral alignment. If Nottingham is made the protagonist, Robin Hood is the antagonist, no matter how you want to look at what they're doing. Like you can say "The hero of Downfall is Hitler", because it's his character's journey, it has nothing to do with his actions being heroic. I'm sure that if they end up basing their movie on this design principle, Robin Hood will come off as less of a good guy than most previous incarnations. But that would only be because we're empathizing (and perhaps even sympathizing) with his opponent, who is the main character. And who knows what the writers have done, they may have done some serious digging to make nottingham's actions justifiable. On a completely different note when I'm a big famous writer/director I'm going to reboot the Fantastic 4 series, but I'm going to call it Dr. Doom and make him the hero/protagonist. The guy deserves a better cinematic depiction, the inspiration for Darth Vader was completely wasted by Tim Story.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    just confirmed: Wesley Snipes is Robin Hood

    by ev1ldead

    He takes from the rich and gives it to the poor.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    beaks you ignorant slut you forgot Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

    by Prossor

    who played the silent version. this type of aloofness is tantamount to TREASON. To GULAGS with you.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Harvey Firestein as Friar Tuck

    by krullboyisback

  • June 21, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    The Dark Night??

    by Rando Calrisian

    What's that about, anyway? <br> <br> Isn't he the kid in that Speelburg movie about aliens? Good to see he got another paying gig.

  • June 21, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Wee Man as Little John

    by krullboyisback

  • June 21, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    Katt Williams as Azeem the Moor

    by krullboyisback

  • June 21, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Sarah Jessica Parker as the one eyed witch..

    by krullboyisback

    from the Costner Version

  • June 21, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    its labouf to play robin hood

    by bacci40

    adam sandler as the sheriff of nothingham...

  • June 21, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Christian Slater as Will Scarlet

    by krullboyisback

    in a repeat performance, since we all know he needs work

  • June 21, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Arnold Schwarzenneger as King Richard the Lionheart

    by krullboyisback

  • June 21, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Rosie O'Donnel as Little John's wife

    by krullboyisback

  • June 21, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    what about the news that jane wants to be jonah hex

    by bacci40

    and has gone so far as to create a makeup test pic...this story is some bs rumor...what im saying is the truth...and aicn should be getting behind jane on this project...lets bring hex to life

  • June 21, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Nevermind Christian Bale

    by Gwai Lo

    Thomas Jane is our Steve McQueen. Christian Bale is something else, he's like our Clint Eastwood or something. He does variations on one thing very very well.

  • June 21, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Bale/Crowe was the best acting combo in recent memory

    by SpencerTrilby

    at least, since Downey/Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. <p> Which makes me think: why not Kilmer as Robin Hood? Could be interesting.

  • June 21, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Bale is Guy of Gisbourne

    by Prossor

    if he's not R.Hood and a bad guy then this probably the only feasible role he's going to be. In the mythos Guy of Gisbourne was a wandering knight-type figure who wanted to duel with Robin Hood, he wasn't a part of the evil King John circle, more of a rogue mercenary, a kind of mirror to Robin. Think something like Guy of Gisbourne is Boba Fett and King John is The Emperor, while his Sheriff is Darth Vader. Something which they fucked up in Flynn's version (which i like) was screwing up the whole badguy roster. King John is still the Emperor, but Basil Rathbone's Guy of Gisbourne is made to be his right-hand man (Vader), while the Sheriff is made to be like a comic relief second-in-command to Guy. Maybe in this version they'll really show it more truthful. But Crowe as a good Sheriff is a monkey wrench to the equation. What about the bad Sheriff?

  • June 21, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I don't remember rap

    by Rufferto

    in Men in Tights. But Patrick Stewart was King Richard and I still like it better then the Costner version it was making fun of. What kind of Robin Hood doesn't have a beard?

  • June 21, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Gwai Lo

    by MartinX

    "And who knows what the writers have done, they may have done some serious digging to make nottingham's actions justifiable." They might not have to dig that much, I mean, you know that the Robin Hood story and the people involved are fictional/mythological, and that there is no historical basis for any of it except in the vaguest terms, just like King Arthur right? :p

  • June 21, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I don't mean digging in history books

    by Gwai Lo

    I mean digging into his psychology. I haven't actually read Robin Hood but in the movies he's always a pretty cartoonish bad guy. So if there is some way to justify his evil deeds while staying faithful to the story events then I'm all for that.

  • June 21, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Unlike some other Robin Hoods...

    by Manos

    I can speak with an English accent. I love Mel Brooks.

  • June 21, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Let me fix that

    by Rufferto

    To facial hair.

  • June 21, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    did you say abe lincoln?

    by ValMcKee

    no man i said hey blinkin

  • June 21, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by MartinX

    Well yeah, my point was that there isn't an actual factual history to be true to, so they can do pretty much whatever they like. Simply making it a perspective thing is the easiest way to make him sympathetic, i.e, from the point of view of the oppressed peasants, he's another minion of the evil government sent to make their lives even more miserable, but from his point of view, he's a cop sent to catch and punish people who break the law. The easiest way for them to make him sympathetic is to have him caught in the middle, on the one hand, he's a law-abiding subject charged with a duty by his King, on the other hand, he's a decent man who thinks the Lords are all Jerks and that Robin Hood is probably right, but if he fucks up, his life is basically forfeit and he has to become an outlaw himself or die. So the conflict comes from him having to choose between doing the right thing and doing the safe thing. If they want brutality and cruelty, well, they can always let Guy of Gisbourne or King/Prince John be the "Real" Villains.

  • June 21, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by RicardoMontalban

    He played it so well in the "Robin Hood: Prince of Theives" - Why not ask him back for another go-around :) Hey movie fans... check out this great new blog...

  • June 21, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    John Goodman as Friar Tuck

    by kungfuhustler84

    and the Sheriff of Nottingham. And Joe Pesci as Robin Hood

  • June 21, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Property Whore

    by LHombreSiniestro

    Christian Bale sure is one.

  • June 21, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    See, there you go, that's what I was talking about. I couldn't break down exactly how it could be done since I haven't read the book and haven't seen any of the movies for ages, but that's a pretty logical way to make Nottingham the "hero". If his weakness is that his morals interfere with his duty, and Robin Hood is the character best able to exploit that conflict, then Robin Hood is the opponent by default, even if Gisbourne or King John are more evil. I like this concept but I kind of wish Ridley Scott would do Blood Meridian next instead of this. Or at least get working on bring Sam Peckinpah back from the dead so he can direct Blood Meridian.

  • June 21, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    hey beaks.......

    by jrclanto

    so did you really hear TDK was good? Early review for us????

  • June 21, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by Subculture

    Hey! We don't just have Robin Hood. We have gang violence and random shootings too. The tourists come for the Hood, and stay for the killings.

  • June 21, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood should keep the american accent.

    by Mike_D

    worked for "Prince of Theives".

  • June 21, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    As Robin Hood! It'd be an entirely different take on the character, but I'd love to see that motherfucker knock heads with Russell Crowe!

  • June 21, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Must be an adaptation of Richard Kluger's book

    by Dingbatty

    The Sheriff of Nottingham

  • June 21, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    The ITV version with M. Praed and J. Connery

    by Dingbatty

    were good, though the mullet-y hair is distracting. Also, The Patrick Bergin/Uma Thurman film that debuted at the time of Costner's movie was vastly superior.

  • June 21, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Costner's version

    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    was pretty good. Just sayin. I really liked it back in the day, anyway. I just wonder if Ridley is going to load up the new version with a lot of CGI bullshit.

  • June 21, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • June 21, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Bad guy Robin Hood? Talk about gimmicks!

    by Damien Chowder

    And if it isn't gimmicks so now the authorities are the good guys?! WTF?

  • June 21, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    as Robin Hood! "If you stick around here, I'll fuck your ass, send you home with your balls in a sling, sugar tits."

  • June 21, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Bale's mortgage

    by kafka07

    In an interview Bale actually did say he lost his house a few years ago. I doubt he's experiencing economic hardships now though.

  • June 21, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I don't know about her acting abilities

    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    but if that photo was any indication, Sienna has some AMAZING pubic hair.

  • June 21, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Cate Blanchett

    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    seems like a natural for Marian. She was so damn sexy in KOTCS. Sword n all.

  • June 21, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Bale as Kareem Abul Jabar, Bruce Lee, Sponge Bob

    by Baron Karza

    Christian Bale as grep *

  • June 21, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by Bass Bastardson

    There I said it. He bores me to tears. I think he's a talented and dedicated actor but I really could not find him any less interesting.

  • June 21, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    I fucking HATE this "revisionist" crap!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "Oooooh, it's all 'realistic' and stuff!"

  • June 21, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    So Batman won't be doing Robin?

    by Bass Ackwards

    The joke was just out there. Someone had to do it.

  • June 21, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Clive Owen for Robin Hood

    by mhennessey7

    Yeah, I said it. Perfect.

  • June 21, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards

    by Kai_Mah'gra the words of Monk - that made me LOL, out Loud. Batman doing Robin. Good one.

  • June 21, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    not interested

    by taff

    I would gladly see another good Robin Hood movie, but if all anyone can think of is turning the characters around, it does not interest me. It's just a cheap way of trying to find a script.

  • June 21, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Mr. Beaks, tell us more concerning TDK

    by thebearovingian

    Welcome to AICN, and may I cordially introduce myself...I am a third-rate TBer who goes by "thebearovingian".<p>Question: When you say, "I hear its pretty damn good", are you just being facetious OR do you have some early feedback from someone special who has seen footage? I'm kind of a big Batman fan.

  • June 21, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Bale for next Superman movie.

    by hank henshaw

    Then, he could play both characters if WB decides to go ahead with Superman/Batman!!

  • June 21, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST


    by thebearovingian

    Bale took down William Randolph Hearst by singin' and dancin' and sellin' newspapers! Do it again, Christian Bale, you magnificent bastard!

  • June 21, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Yao Ming for Little John!

    by thebearovingian

    Or the guy who plays Abe Lincoln in the Lincoln Financial commercials. Or the guy who played Abe in TAOJJBTCRF. Basically, any Abe Lincoln (or Elvis) impersonator. I think I'm on to something here.

  • June 21, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    why the hell do we need . . .

    by WickedJacob

    a revisionist Robin Hood? Revisions of classic tales are good when they show things from a different angle, a perspective that the past obscured because of ignorance or bigotry. But Robin Hood is already about standing up for the little guy, carving out a place for the every day commoner that the establish wants to shut down and keep quiet. I don't want to see a version of Robin Hood that defends the sherrif and villifies the maverick. Did Ridley Scott become a republican?

  • June 21, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    How was Cate Blanchett sexy in KOTCS?

    by successor

    She looked like the lesbian version of Alfalfa from the Little Rascals. Hell, even Marion looked better than her, despite having a ton of makeup on. If you want sexy Cate, try her as Galadriel in LOTR. Much easier on the eyes.

  • June 21, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    I do want sexy Cate

    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    and she's dead sexy in LOTR. I just wanted to see her out of that damn uniform in KOTCS, maybe in a love scene with John Hurt. Now there's an image for you.

  • June 21, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    One would think

    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    they could make room for George Clooney in this thing. He needs a hit after Leatherheads.

  • June 21, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Nottingham Gangster: Denzel for Robin Hood!

    by pacheco.BC

    King Kong ain't got nothin' awn me!

  • June 22, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Didn't see Leatherheads

    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    so I can't judge.

  • June 22, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST

    I think we're overlooking

    by Tony Is A Little Boy

    the obvious choice here for Robin Hood, and that would be Mr. Tom Cruise. Be gentle with me, people.

  • June 22, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Oh great, it's Ridley Scott

    by OBSD

    Giving people with epilepsy seizures with his "Jumpy-vision" since all of the battle/fight sequences in "Gladiator". Fuck that guy. He hasn't made a watchable movie since Thelma and Louise, what almost 20 years ago? But he made Aliens and Blade Runner so everyone has to keep sucking his dick for eternity

  • June 22, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    sorry, "Alien"

    by OBSD

    Wouldn't want the grammar nazis and the James Cameron nazis on my ass.

  • June 22, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST

    why the fk was this even posted if the rumour

    by couP

    was dispelled in the 2nd paragraph...useless

  • June 22, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST

    nice batman robin comments!

    by couP

  • June 22, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Is Christian Bale In Every Movie Now?

    by LaserPants

    Almost. And thats a good thing 'cause he's pretty damn good at his job. Can't friggin' wait for TDK. Actually kinda intrigued by T4 too. Add this one to the pile of want-to-sees. Btw, Bale for Roy Fokker in the maybe-its-gonna-happen Robotech flick.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Black Hawk Down Was Cool

    by LaserPants

    Agree on Gladiator sucking. I don't think people are sucking Scott's dick for no reason, though. He's a good director with two amazing films under his belt and a bunch of good-to-entertaining ones. Some turds, sure, but, that doesn't invalidate him as a director worth the praise he gets.

  • June 22, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST

    by Rommel Catuncan

    Latino Review says Russ wants Sam Riley from the Joy Division movie "Control" to be Robin.

  • June 22, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Jason Connery, not Shaun Connery

    by Fuck The Napkin

    It was Jason who played Robin in the old TV series I watched when I was a kid. Did Shaun ever play him as well? Don't remember that.

  • June 22, 2008, 5:08 a.m. CST

    I do believe I wrote "J" Connery, NOT "S."

    by Dingbatty

    His father Sean portrayed the aged Robin in 1976's "Robin and Marian."

  • June 22, 2008, 5:39 a.m. CST

    What's A Pseudo-Hipster?

    by LaserPants

    Someone pretending to be a hipster? Aren't hipsters all about pretend? There's some kind of paradox here that I'll suss out eventually. Liked the screaming monkey thing, though. Self awareness is important.

  • June 22, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Can we have a CGI Sean Connery as King Richard

    by HarryBlackPotter

    The old boy is enjoying his retirement, so they should do a CGI version of Connery who will show up at the end to Marry The Sheriff and Maid Marion. Maybe they could squeeze in a CGI appearance from Oliver Reed too as The Sheriff's father!

  • June 22, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    WTF Herc! No love for Daffy Duck?

    by MasterShake

    The definitive cartoon Robin Hood. YOIKS AND AWAY!!

  • June 22, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST


    by MasterShake

    sorry, wrong column.

  • June 22, 2008, 6:35 a.m. CST

    By the weay, there has been a perfect Robin Hood adaptation alre

    by Stalin vs Predator

    It's called "Robin of Sherwood". <p><p>Well, it was perfect until its creator stopped writing and Anthony Horowitz joined the series and urinated it into ground with his "scripts". But it's perfect until the first time "Horowitz" appears in the credits. <p><p>(Well, okay, so there is that moment where Ray Winstone climbs castle walls wearing Adidas shoes, but other than that, it is perfect. Really. (*))<p><p><p> (*)Even in that scene when Prince John's mustache falls off. Because the helpful sheriff covers it. Now that's dedication!<p>

  • June 22, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    speaking as a Britain

    by ScaryJim

    who, along with everyone else here is feeling like they have been pretty fucked over by their government (Iraq aside), is feeling the pinch of a crashing British economy snd hugely inflated energy and food prices, is left bewildered daily by the stupidities of EU policies set by countries that were fighting us only a few decades ago,is disturbed by countless efforts to erode our civil liberties- I think it's definitely the right time to show Robin Hood as the terrorist he must have been and the government as the noble elected body they are!

  • June 22, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    this is just a crappy rumor

    by kafka07

    Bale is not Robin Hood.

  • June 22, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Damn You Batman

    by theplant

    The dream of my life was seeing Bale as Superman John Connor Prestige Twins Transformer Robot Iron Man Robin Hood Boy in the Hood Daredevil Terminator John Connor robot twin Harry Tasker Axel Foley James West You ruined it all !

  • June 22, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Bale will be SNAKE PLISSKEN !

    by theplant

    Remade by Bert Ratrner Next Bale will play JACKIE CHAN in his biopic !

  • June 22, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    List of actors for Robin Hood.

    by Bubba Gillman

    Errol Flynn. List ends there.

  • June 22, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter vs Predator vs Batman::SUMMER 2009

    by g-ride9000

    Starring Bale as the predator and Batman and Memories-of-Murder as Harry Potter.

  • June 22, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    will there be arrow time?

    by cheifchirpa3000

    whoooosh! cause that would be stupid. i like sam raime arrow attached to camera in high speed shots myself.

  • June 22, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    that shia

    by seabiscuits

    he's so hot right now.

  • June 22, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Crowe/Scott should have a Foursome with Leo/Scorcesse

    by BigTuna

    It's man-Love.

  • June 22, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by Darth Scourge

    Now THAT was a toon of legend! Maybe even better than Patrick Bergin and Michael Praed's immortal turns as England's favourite outlaw. Anyhow, Robin wasn't from frikkin' Nottingham... he was a Yorkshireman, by the GODS!

  • June 22, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    What about Viggo Mortensen as bad Robin Hood?

    by skiprat1

    He would kick all kinds of fucking ass as an evil Robin Hood! Or get him and Bale in a film together. Could one film contain that much intense-actorostiy?

  • June 22, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I like Christian Bale but

    by disfigurehead

    I hope he does not over expose himself in movie after movie.

  • June 22, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by Mosquito March

    GLADIATOR is a plastic movie centered around a guy that everybody mistakes for a "hero", even though the only thing he's really thinking of when he's running around scissoring off his fellow slaves' heads is his own grief and thirst for vengeance. He is motivated solely by his own self-interest. Even when he refuses to kill an opponent, it's because he knows it will piss off the emperor, and he only participates in the Senate's plot to attack and free Rome because it means he'll get to kill a guy. And the object of that vengeance? A sniveling, whiny, messed-up kid whose only physical threat to the "hero" is posed after cheating, in a final "battle" which is probably the most anti-climactic gladiatorial face-off in movie history. It's basically John Rambo fighting Anakin Skywalker if Anakin didn't have any powers - and even after Commodus cheats, Maximus still wins! There was never, ever going to be any contest between those two (compare this with the climactic sword battle in ROB ROY, in which Liam Neeson's character's brute strength is met in equal measure by Tim Roth's speed and skill). There are three things I ask from revenge movies (especially those that win Oscars): first, that the antagonist be a match for the protagonist, in order to generate some genuine suspense and a truly satisfying payoff, no matter who wins or loses; second, that the movie not sugarcoat the fact that the protagonist is as much a murderer as his target; and third, that the protagonist not chastise the audience (both in the film and in the theater) for marveling at set pieces in which the director clearly revels orgasmically in the gruesome badassery of their violence. GLADIATOR, a typical revenge yarn that takes itself entirely too seriously, violates the first two points. And then Maximus has the gall to turn around to the crowd and say "you're bad for thinking it was cool when I singlehandedly dispatched a half-dozen guys and then turned my swords into a giant pair of scissors and cut that last dude's head off - I spit on you". Fuck that. Scott's spectacle isn't smart enough or moral enough to be a message film, and Maximus' mission is not heroic or selfless enough to make him a martyr. Neither one of them earn this kind of self-righteous grandstanding. The fight scene between Kirk Douglas and Woody Strode in SPARTACUS alone contains more drama, humanity, and social commentary than the entirety of GLADIATOR (and actually gives its token black character something meaningful to do). The only things that keep this movie afloat are some of the performances: Russell Crowe, who delivers a genuinely charismatic performance that makes a lot of people forget about the selfish atrocities he commits in the film, and the fact that he's such a dynamo in the arena that he should be able fight his way out of captivity anytime he wants, sneak into the palace, kill Commodus, and be done with it; Joaquin Phoenix, who deserved a better character and film; and Richard Harris, who was so intriguing as the aged, haunted Marcus Aurelius that I wished from the moment he first appeared on screen they'd made a film about him, instead.

  • June 22, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Katie Sackoff as Robin Hood. Get with the times.

    by Damien Chowder

    Pseudo Starbuck womenz reprezentin. Robin is the bad guy. Fucking Russel Bastard Cock as a good Nottingham. Little John will be an average sized guy because you cannot be heightist. Will better be black because otherwise the black people won't watch it. Friar is Eurasian because you have to! (All according to the Hollywood guide book since the late 90's)

  • June 22, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    The best choice for Robin Hood is EASILY James McAvoy

    by That 70s Venom

    James McAvoy has mother-fucking Robin Hood written all over him.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Good lord...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...could Memories-Of-Murder be more of a one-track BOREFEST???<P>Geezus! Get over yourself.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    As for Bale...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...I'm fine with him NOT playing Robin Hood. I'd much rather see him do other things.<P>Speaking of which, I'd much rather see Ridley Scott get on to another one of his projects instead of treading water in this type of epic film again.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    octagonproplex, I Agree With You

    by That 70s Venom

    You're 100% right dude. Gladiator and Braveheart, as far as I am concerned, are about as good as it gets when it comes to Hollywood epics. I'd say Braveheart is a bit better than Gladiator but I cherish both films fervently. And actually, Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves wasn't nearly as bad as the critics said it was. Everyone was pissed about Costner's (lack of an) accent but he actually didn't do that bad, all things considered. I like Costner personally, but meh, I guess that's just me. What REALLY made Prince Of Thieves worth watching was Alan Rickman's amazing performance as the Sheriff and Morgan Freeman was pretty solid as Ahzeem or whatever his name was. The editing and cinematography was pretty decent too. I liked it. As for Braveheart and Gladiator... pretty much the same things that made Braveheart good were the same things that made Gladiator good. Beautiful musical score, superb acting, editing perfection, amazing cinematography, precision direction, etc. etc. etc. Braveheart and Gladiator, as you said, carry an almost impossible-to-comprehend magical atmosphere with them that just makes you believe in what you are watching on the screen and makes you love every moment of the movie and their performances; everything about them.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    MNG... NO!

    by That 70s Venom

    Ridley Scott SHOULD do a Robin Hood epic... because it needs to be fucking done bro. Hollywood and the rest of the world was left with a semi-sour taste in their mouths after Prince Of Thieves, even though I enjoyed it. We need a new Robin Hood and it's about damn time... it's been nearly 20 years since Prince Of Thieves anyway, so it's not too soon. Aside from this, Ridley Scott needs to work on a Blade Runner 2.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Next Christian Bale will play Scriptgirl

    by XxSoulFlyxX

    boobs included

  • June 22, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    octagonproplex, Perhaps you are right, but...

    by That 70s Venom

    You need to keep in mind, my friend, that Mel Gibson is only 5'7" or so, and so is Tom Cruise. Fancy camera angles in Cruise's and Gibson's films make them look as-tall-as or taller-than their castmates. This could easily be accomplished in a Robin Hood film with McAvoy. For example, did Gibson seem too short in Braveheart? Did Cruise seem too short in Interview With The Vampire? I didn't think so, but maybe to some people they did. Nothing like camera tricks to make an audience forget how short an actor really is (i.e. Peter Jackson's Hobbits in the LOTR trilogy). I agree though that even if McAvoy didn't get the Robin Hood role he would do nicely in the Will Scarlett role as well.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    But also, octagonproplex...

    by That 70s Venom

    I would have to say that Paul Bettany is too TALL for the role of Robin Hood, but the same rule applies here: camera tricks can be applied to make him NOT seem as tall as he really is. I never pictured Robin Hood as a tall lanky dude but more of an average height and build type of guy. Kevin Costner was actually a bit too tall I thought to play him in Prince Of Thieves, but compared to the dude who played Little John in the movie he seemed short, so it worked out fine. It'a all about perspective and comparison to the other actors.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    "Morgan Freeman will make his arrows and make him a green outfit

    by That 70s Venom

    LOLOLOLOL. Dude I didn't even realize it until you said something but it's funny you said that because Morgan Freeman was the wise old sage type in Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves with Kevin Costner and he's the wise old sage type in Nolan's Batman films to Bale's Batman. Quite amusing and ironic hahaha. I wouldn't mind Bale as Robin Hood but they can do better than that I think.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    octagonproplex, Michael Wincott is

    by That 70s Venom

    easily one of the most underrated and under-used actors in Hollywood and always has been. He was superb in Prince of Thieves and well, in ALL of his films. If you haven't seen the newer Count Of Monte Cristo with Guy Pierce and Jim Caviezel, Wincott does an excellent job as the jailor. Furthermore, I agree that if you listen carefully you can detect a subtle inflection in Costner's accent in Prince Of Thieves and I agree that it is best that he did it that way instead of going with a full-blown English accent. There are just certain things where you go "Okay, that goes too far, let's tone it down a bit." I thought it turned out nicely and I thought Costner employed a playful, mischievous personality to portray Robin Hood and I liked it. By the way Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio gives us one of the absolute best screams in all of filmdom towards the end of the movie "ROBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN" man it makes my spine tingle. Kevin Reynolds is a good director when he is given the chance to be, even though him and Costner supposedly had difficulties getting along with each other during the filming of Prince Of Thieves. The score was great though and so great in fact that they continued to use part of it for the theme song for the Morgan Creek logo for years to come. And fuck it, I like Bryan Adams even though he is Canadian and facially deformed. I still love that song... it brings me back to simpler times when Gas was cheap and women weren't so intellectual.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    That 70s Venom

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Well, I can certainly appreciate your enthusiasm for a worthwhile take on the character/story of Robin Hood. However, I just feel that Ridley seems to be getting bogged down with that particular era/genre of film.

  • June 22, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Trying to hard, just a bit?!

    by rutgersjaffo

    Proof of the type of douchebaggery many times spoken of here as regards too many d-bags trying WAY to freaking hard to be the ultimate film snob. And I quote: "It's basically John Rambo fighting Anakin Skywalker if Anakin didn't have any powers" What in THE HELL is that even supposed to mean?! Why in THE HELL would John Rambo be fighting Anakin Skywalker, especially if he were just some old guy with no powers?! Wow. Way to look like a total tool. Please, don't bother with a response, since I am sure it would boil down to me just plain being a sheep who probably loved Bayformers and is just too stupid to 'get it.' Yeesh, what a tool...

  • June 22, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Fuck this...

    by nukethefridge

  • June 22, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Fuck this...

    by nukethefridge

    ...When are we going to get jurassic park iv?????

  • June 22, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Paddy Considine for Robin Hood

    by palimpsest

    Failing that, Kevin McKidd.

  • June 22, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I have an idea for Robin Hood

    by kungfuhustler84

    what about that kid who plays Russel Crowe's second in command in 3:10 to Yuma? He's scruffy enough in that, and he shows a capacity to portray a less than likable character. That could be cool yes?

  • June 22, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Mr. Beaks is new, and easily deceived

    by Mose Schrute

    El Mayimbe at Latino Review is the same guy who had the "scoop" that J.J. Abrams had left the "Star Trek" movie.

  • June 22, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    His source is solid on this one.

  • June 22, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Unlike other so-called Robin Hoods

    by chrth

    I have an English Accent

  • June 22, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    I remember Jason Connery...he replaced Michael Praed. I enjoyed Michael Praed more. Winstone played Will Scarlet. The show came on "Showtime" I think..."Robin of Sherwood."

  • June 22, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    octagonproplex, sorry I had to go mow the lawn earlier

    by That 70s Venom

    but ya I totally agree I think I am gonna pop my Prince Of Thieves DVD on later too. Haven't seen it in a while. And thanks I get tired of a lot of people on here who just act like sheep and agree with all the shit-talkers who don't really understand what makes a good film and what makes a bad film. It's always good to meet more people on here who know what they're talkin about. ***WONDER TWIN POWERS ACTIVATE***

  • June 22, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Lol chrth

    by That 70s Venom

    Men In Tights is genius. Pure genius. Cary Elwes... another underrated and under-hired actor in Hollywood.

  • June 22, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Mel Brooks' films

    by That 70s Venom

    We need a Space Balls 2.

  • June 22, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    By the way, Ben Foster

    by That 70s Venom

    would probably play a good Robin Hood simply because he's just a damn talented young actor, but still I think they could get an actor that fits the bill a bit better.

  • June 22, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by REDD

    it brings me back to simpler times when Gas was cheap and women weren't so intellectual.

  • June 22, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Quote: "Sam Riley...He was pretty weak as Ian Curtis, but that was more Corbjins lazy direction than anything against his acting chops."<P>Hardly. Considering CONTROL was Corbjin's first directorial effort, it was a pretty remarkable film.<P>And while I thought Riley had more to work with as Curtis, his performance was strangely no more remarkable than Sean Harris's brief but eerie portrayal in 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE.

  • June 22, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    As much a I love Bale

    by Neosamurai85

    This casting choice has me a LOT more interested. Dude really was fantastic in Control.

  • June 22, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    That's too bad

    by Random


  • June 22, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar complement CGI de-aged John Cleese as gentleman bad-dude Robin Hood.

  • June 22, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Bale Right Now as Hood is Much Better than Costner

    by frakthetoasters

    He can be Bruce Wayne, John Connor. Now Robin Hood. Even though he hasn't said a word of dialouge and he's already better than Costner at it.

  • June 22, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    we need a Princess Bride 2

    by Prossor

    thats what we need. PEPARE TO DIE.

  • June 22, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    GREAT Choice

    by Stollentroll

    Cool news, finally.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    George Carlin RIP!!!!!!!!!!! 1937-2008

    by wowsucks

    :( And fuck another Robin Hood movie!

  • June 23, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Ben Foster for Green Arrow

    by kungfuhustler84

  • June 23, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Original Movies are Dead

    by Athanatos

    It seems that Hollywood has succeeded in brainwashing everyone after all. Rather than debating who should play Robin Hood, shouldn't we be asking why they're making a movie that's been made more than once? Even if it's another take of it, it amounts to almost the same thing, and is the reason that I very rarely pay to see movies these days. What's next, remaking/rebooting Casablanca? Alien? Gone with the Wind? Look through your shelves you moronic Hollywood execs, you might find you have a few original ideas there. End of rant.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Original movies were dead

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Before movies got sound. Hollywood has been recycling for well over half a century, why start worrying about it now?

  • June 23, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    You Think People Come To AICN To Look Hip?

    by LaserPants

    Wow, Memories-of-Murder, you must have a really boring social life if you think thats the case. Last time I checked AICN is the very polar opposite of anything even approaching the concept of hip. But, hey, I'm not an obese middle aged virgin living in his mother's basement, so, perhaps you and I have different criteria on which to judge the relative popularity or hipness of any given social / pop-cultural phenomenon. Good luck with the screaming monkey thing though.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    why isn't anyone mentioning the obvious

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    choice? <p>Keanu Reeves as Robin Hood.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood was the original anti-hero

    by ArcadianDS

    He's one of our oldest and most enduring icons of revolution and the idea that one man with enough courage and motivation, can stand up against tyranny and injustice. Painting him out to be a villain is just a gimmick - one more suited to college 'Shakespeare in the Park' kind of performances. You know the ones - where seemingly bright and talented college students, in a frenzy of creative zeal, rewrite Hamlet so that it takes place in outer space and all the characters are intergalactic goldfish made out of aluminum foil and chicken wire.<p> The movie will still do well opening weekend because they'll open it against an Eddie Murphy movie or something equally insipid, and having no other options, people will say "I like that Russel Crowe. He was good in that Roman war movie."<p> But nobody will be lining up at 9:45am outside of a local Walmart to snatch the Blu-Ray of this movie.<p> (are we still calling them DVDs, or are we officially now calling them blu-rays?)

  • June 23, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST


    by Mosquito March

    So, do you believe that GLADIATOR would have been just as critically and financially successful - and a "masterpiece" - if it had starred somebody else in the lead role? Sorry, man, I guess I'm just not on the Ridley Scott bandwagon. In his entire career, he's made three movies I love (ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, THELMA AND LOUISE) and one I really like (BLACKHAWK DOWN). But, by and large, his movies are pretty-yet-empty exercises in film-making that his actors are forced to rise above. The ground in Hollywood is littered with the corpses of expensive period epics that audiences didn't want, including Scott's own KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. You would think, after all the GLADIATOR Oscars, that Scott could pull that kind of movie off, right? But, he didn't, and the number one reason is Orlando Bloom. The kid is a dud, a boring sissy who can't hold a movie together to save his life. And, the number two reason KOH blew was the script. It's just as threadbare as the GLADIATOR script - another dumb revenge movie that the actors had to try to save. At the end of the day, the one reason GLADIATOR really, truly stands out from the TROYs and the ALEXANDERs that it inspired, and the reason people 20 years from now will watch it, is the magic of Russell Crowe. Were it not for Crowe, it would have BOMBED, and you know it.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by Mosquito March

    ...maybe I wouldn't be so dismissive of the character of Maximus as a "hero" if they didn't call him one in the goddamn tag line for the movie ('A Hero Will Rise"). Yeah, I went into the movie and didn't get what I expected, because Maximus wasn't a real hero, when the marketing was telling me he was. It's a bill of goods, man. And if you think I'm over-the-top with my last statement about GLADIATOR being a potential bomb, I would ask you again to imagine someone else in the lead, and then tell me it would at least have been an equal success.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Mosquito March is correct

    by ArcadianDS

    however, Russel Crowe didn't make Glad a hit because he's a fantastic actor. People dug his crazy sexy accent. it made his character feel and sound exotic. If Crowe had done Glad using his 'american accent' like he did in that crazy gansters vs cops movie a short while back, it would have tanked like a lead ingot.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    CONTROL = Greatest Music Bio-Pic Ever Made

    by LaserPants


  • June 23, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    You know what I really liked?

    by rutgersjaffo

    'Phone Booth.' That is a really cool flick. I mean, was Sutherland crazy or clairvoyant or a God or what? Anyway, it's a lot better than Gladiator at least...

  • June 23, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Crowe is selling out Bale like that?

    by TallBoy66

    Harsh, dude, he was your co-star.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    octagon no jude law please

    by Prossor

    he looks like a serial rapist...

  • June 23, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by RicardoMontalban

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  • June 23, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Costner sucked shit off my balls as Robin Hood.

    by Uncle Stan

    The only casting worse than that was probably Keaton as The Batman. Now Burton was smoking crack when he came up with that one. Wait, I just thought of another bad, BAD casting decision: Jack Black as Carl Denham. Wow, he fucked up the whole movie. A glaring, stupid error. I hope Jackson at least got a blowjob from Black.