Russell Crowe Playing Both Robin Hood and The Sheriff of Nottingham?!
This news should've been reported a long time ago courtesy of a scoop from CHUD back in July, but it wasn't. However, today we've got a second confirmation and it's worth mentioning again. Apparently Russell Crowe will be playing both the role of Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Ridley Scott's Nottingham. Wait, what?! It doesn't exactly make sense now, but apparently in the actual script, Robin and the Sheriff are the same person. How will that work? I don't exactly know, but it has something to do with the way the story plays out and it's not just another Norbit-like multiple role gimmick (phew!). We probably won't know exactly what this means for a while, but it's a remarkably intriguing casting update.
Ridley Scott confirmed to MTV this weekend that Crowe will play both roles. Scott did say the roles would be "a a good old clever adjustment of characters. One becomes the other. It changes." When this news first hit back in July, it was discovered that this confusing plot twist was one of the areas of the script that really needed work. Thus, Scott halted pre-production on the film to give more time for the script to be developed into something that wasn't as confusing; or at least to take the time to work this characterization more intelligently into the story. Crowe mentioned to press this weekend that Nottingham is "one of those things where we're taking our time with. You don't want to be doing Robin Hood unless you're going to be doing it really f*cking well. It's got to be the best one ever done otherwise you should do something else."
Considering Nottingham is supposed to be a revisionist take on Robin Hood, I'm open to any crazy ideas Scott might have. There's no need to start complaining when I don't even understand how it would all work to begin with. And I'm not going to claim that it's a bad idea to even try and include it in the script when it potentially might be an intriguing twist, especially in opposition to the classic Robin Hood tale we're all familiar with. Ridley Scott is a great filmmaker, I have no doubts that he'll be able to pull it off. And Crowe is a great enough actor, that he'll pull it off, too. I guess it's just an incredibly interesting part of the story and I can't wait to see how it all works. What do you make of this dual casting in Nottingham?