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Crowe fights for 'Robin Hood' cast, location

May 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Oscar winner Russell Crowe heads back in time to tackle the heroic role of "Robin Hood." But this time around, his responsibilities included more than being the first name of the actor's call sheet.Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe is not only the star of "Robin Hood," he's also credited as one of the film's producers.

"Certain things happened and production got a little shaky so I stepped in and helped it get back on a linear line. Universal stepped in and told me I was producing the film," said Crowe. "It's a lovely sort of pat on the back. My joke is that they just wanted someone else to blame."

Crowe let his voice be heard when director Ridley Scott was feeling pressured to shoot this historical British story in another European country.

"I said, 'Mate, I am not shooting 'Robin Hood' anywhere but England,'" said Crowe."I mean its a creditability killer. You're sitting around doing the interviews for 'Robin Hood' and they say, 'How did you enjoy the summer in Serbia?' As much as I'd love to go there and spend some time there, on this particular job we had to shoot it in England."

Crowe also made sure he got the supporting cast he wanted.

"I wanted athletes, guys who have the simple ability to see a physical task and claim it. I wanted guys with the musical background. Ridley asked, 'Why is that important? How could that possibly be important?' I told him that these guys spend all day on a battle field and if they get to the end of the day and haven't been killed in some brutal fashion they know how to celebrate. There has got to be a reason the Merry Men are merry."

Crowe had a merry old time with this movie and wouldn't mind revisiting the character.

"Hopefully enough people go and see it and we get to do it again, because it was a lot of fun," said Crowe.

"Robin Hood" is rated PG-13 and is in theaters this weekend.


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