Russell Crowe won’t wear green tights for Robin Hood

Ridley Scott’s production of Nottingham hasn’t even started principal photography yet, and there’s already been several epic controversies for the film. Russell Crowe (who will be playing Robin Hood) and director Ridley Scott are fighting all of the time. Sienna Miller was originally slated to play Maid Marian, but was either fired or quit, and afterwards came a mountain of bad press for everyone involved in the incident. Then, they had to replace Sienna – Kate Winslet or Cate Blanchett. Blanchett ended up getting the role, so at least some good has come out of this mess.

There is some more news about the film, though. First, after growing out his hair for months to play Robin, Russell just decided to trim his locks so that Robin Hood doesn’t look “like a rock star”. Uh, I think Russell meant to say, “like a middle-aged man trying desperately to look like a rock star”. Russell also gave an interview to Extra, where he let down all of his fans hoping to see him in a great pair of green tights:

Russell Crowe stars in the upcoming Robin Hood movie, but don’t expect the Aussie actor to sport the famous green tights.

Skyping from London… Crowe tells Extra’s Mario Lopez, “Tights weren’t invented some 400, 500 years after we’re setting the story. It’s not tights but I do have a pretty nice, snazy pair of leather pants with a rather large cod piece.”

Excited to start filming the movie, Crowe declares, “I think it’s an incredible opportunity to take an iconic story and make a fabulous contemporary action adventure romance movie. And that’s what we’re going to do…We have an incredible cast around us…We’ll try to rob from the rich and give to the poor and kick some ass on the way.”

When asked about his wife and two kids, Crowe was effusive, “I’m away from them now since I’m working but they’ll be here in about four weeks and I’m just counting down the days. My oldest boy’s at school now…My other little boy is coming up on three [years old] so he’s clicked over from angel to some form of demon. It’s a wonderful thing. I couldn’t speak more highly. It has changed my life. It’s changed me. It’s made me a much better person.”

It’s no secret that Crowe knows how to sing but would he ever star in a musical? He responds, “If the right thing came along…There is a film that I’m looking at next year based on a book from an Australian writer which has a character within the book that plays in a band so that’s something I’m looking at the moment.”

From Monsters & Critics

Leather pants and a cod piece? Robin Hood? What the…? It’s not the size of the cod piece, it’s the motion of the… leather pants? I have no idea. This film has “disaster” written all over it, and it’s such a shame. Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett are so talented, they should be above this kind of career-ending nonsense.

Russell Crowe is shown playing with children in a park in Sydney on 2/9/09. Credit:

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  1. HEB says:

    Just when I thought he couldn’t ruin the movie anymore than he already had…

  2. lola says:

    Well thank God for that! I can hear the angels singing.

  3. Ash says:

    Actually, I wouldn’t want him to have green tights anyway? Or tights in general. Crowe can pull off a perfectly good Robin Hood without the tights. I’d rather see a more “raw” Robin anyway. If it’s going to be the same story, at least make his appearance look a little different from the classic ones.

  4. Nat says:

    *Shudders* at the thought of Russell “Chunky” Crowe in skin-tight, green tights.

  5. Jen says:

    Of course he wouldn’t wear green tights! They’re not doing a live-action version of the Disney cartoon…nor are they paying homage to Errol Flynn’s movies.

    Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was an absolute blockbuster, and it starred Kevin Costner for God’s sake. I imagine this latest venture will be a grittier, darker Prince of Thieves. I’m actually looking forward to this, to be honest. Cate Blanchett is fantastic, and Russell Crowe is a great actor, too.

    I really do not get the animosity that is aimed at Crowe. I’ve always found him to be funny and charming…and not at all interested in the Hollywood bullshit of it all.

  6. Embee says:

    I’m with you, Jen. The movie portends to be great with all that talent (Cate!). As for the Crowe-bashing, I’m flummoxed. Other than some early-days baloney like that bit with the telephone (for which he sincerely apologized) he’s always seemed like a regular person, not a manufactured piece of Hollywood fluff.

  7. Nony says:

    Sorry to see the hair go – he looked better with it.

  8. vsmith says:

    He looks sweet with those children. I think the movie will rock.

  9. morgs says:

    I’d be stoked if he ever brought back the Gladiator glory and hotness (not as in a sequel). I’m interested in this movie. Hopefully it’ll be better than their last movie together: Body of Lies.

  10. Lem says:

    he’s matured very nicely it would seem

  11. I Choose Me says:

    Me, I still think he’s hawt. And he seems like a great father.

  12. irl says:

    Yum, yum! Tights, no tights. . . I could not care less. He’s a hunk and a half of manly beast babE. And a great actor to boot! I’ll see any movie he is in.

  13. Codzilla says:

    Career-ending? Please. It will take more than one flop to end the careers of these three enormous talents. And I agree with the others who think this movie has the potential to be really good.

  14. Rachel says:

    I think the movie will be a huge success. I mean, how can it not be with Cate, Russell & Ridley Scott. It has blockbuster written all over it.

  15. RhymesWithSilver says:

    Hmm…now that I know he can sing, I’m going to be watching “Nottingham” and waiting for him to burst into “Men in Tights”. Or not in tights. Probably better that way.

  16. Rob says:

    He’s a decent actor and I’d be curious to see how he does in the role of Robin Hood (hopefully a better job than Kevin Cosner)

  17. judy says:

    Crowe is a good actor and men in tights is stupid and I am sure they did not wear tights in those days.

  18. Kat says:

    He is too fat to be in green tights.

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