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Russell Crowe in 'Robin Hood': 'Gladiator' with a bow

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RobinhoodxThe world got a first glimpse at Russell Crowe as the legend of Nottingham in director Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood retelling, and I have to say I’m worried about his hair. Don’t get me wrong — Crowe looks great. But ever since I first heard about this project, I’ve been concerned by how similar it sounded, in theme at least, to Gladiator. Do Crowe and Scott really want to tackle a film that has such obvious echoes to their Oscar-winning triumph? Now that I’ve seen the photo, I’ve got a follow-up question: Do they really want Crowe’s Robin Hood to have the exact same hairdo as Maximus? In an interview with USA Today, producer Brian Grazer seemed more concerned about the tights problem, saying, “He doesn’t have the old Robin Hood tights. He’s got armor. He’s very medieval. He looks, if anything, more like he did in Gladiator than anything we’re used to seeing with Robin Hood.” The problem is, we’ve already seen Robin Hood without the tights. (Remember Kevin Costner? Anyone?) And we’ve already seen Crowe playing a noble, freedom-fighting hero who harasses despots and defends the innocent…while sporting a close-cropped beard and Caesar haircut. Am I overreacting? Are you worried too? Or just psyched to see Crowe back in fighting form?

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