Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ridley Scott Explains Crowe's 'Nottingham' Role & Directing Monopoly

Ridley Scott has explained to Digital Spy how Russell Crowe will portray both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham in his upcoming Robin Hood adaption 'Nottingham'.

Crowe's Sheriff character assumes the identity of Robin Hood over the course of the movie.
Crowe's casting in both the lead roles had led to misinterpretation, with suggestions that the arrow-wielding outlaw and his nemesis were the same person caught in a split personality battle.

"In the context of the story he starts off as one thing, becomes the guise of another and then has to retire to the forest to resume his name Robin," he explained. "So he was momentarily the Sheriff of Nottingham."

Discussing the casting of his Body Of Lies star Mark Strong as Guy of Gisborne, the filmmaker added: "He's such a good bad guy. He's going to be horrible, actually, as bad as I can make him. Mark's a very good horseman and swordsman so we'll definitely use that."

Scott also dismissed the idea that the blockbuster's delay was down to the leaves in the forest locations not being the right colour.

He said: "I really don't care! I don't give a shit whether they're red leaves or pink leaves."

Scott has also amazingly agreed to direct a movie based on the board game Monopoly. The director wants to give the Hasbro-Universal film a futuristic feel similiar to Blade Runner. Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride and Monster House) will write the script.