Nottingham, Starring Russell Crowe and Russell Crowe

So, Russell Crowe signed on long ago to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Ridley Scott’s Nottingham, but finding someone to play Robin Hood has really drug out. The role would probably require a strong hand, since in this version of the Robin Hood legend Robin Hood is the villain and the Sheriff of Nottingham is the hero. That little swap could cause some audience confusion, leading to distaste, if the performances aren’t strong enough to realign the characters. Christian Bale and Sam Riley (who?) were both rumored, but those rumors proved to be nothing more than the rumors they were rumored to be.

Russell Crowe waves to his co-star

Russell Crowe waves to his co-star

Ultimately there was only one actor who could go toe-to-toe with Russell Crowe. And that would be Russell Crowe. In an odd but interesting casting decision, Russell Crowe will also be playing Robin Hood. My first question is does he get two paychecks? My second question is will this be the best dual role lead performance since Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers? My guesses are no, one-and-a-half, and yes, because he’s always great and I can’t think of anything since Dead Ringers that’s even close.

It really might not be a bad idea, especially if the characters are portrayed in the two sides of the same coin vein. After all, Crowe is a three-time Best Actor nominee and one-time winner, but he really should have also won for A Beautiful Mind. Denzel Washington was very good in Training Day, but that movie fell apart in the third act and Denzel didn’t really have to push too hard as his character devolved into a caricature.

2 comments to Nottingham, Starring Russell Crowe and Russell Crowe

  • he’s got the accent for Robin Hood (or the sheriff), though he’ll probably have to get a bit slimmer than what his recent role in Body of Lies

  • Furious

    He does sound like a pretty good choice for a more serious take on Robin Hood. I’m sure he’ll be in prefect shape for the role- he doesn’t seem to have an issue gaining or losing weight for a movie.

    Thanks for the comment.

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