Russell Crowe slams past films about ‘Robin Hood’

Actor calls 'Prince Of Thieves' movie a 'Jon Bon Jovi video'

Robin Hood actor Russell Crowe has slammed previous films about the fictional character.

The star – who recently faced accusations about making death threats to a producer on Gladiator – had the biggest criticism for Kevin Costner‘s Prince of Thieves from 1991, saying it “looks like a Jon Bon Jovi video”.

He added his new version with director Ridley Scott – with whom he made Gladiator with – will “take a fresh look” at the story.

Asked on French TV’s Canal Plus Le Grand Journal about other Robin Hood incarnations, he said of Errol Flynn‘s 1938 classic: “The practicality of going through an English forest, with all its coarse bushes and bramble and all that, in green tights? Not very practical now, is it?”

He called Mel Brooks‘s 1993 parody Robin Hood: Men In Tights “the most entertaining” version, but added: “Again, it examines the same exact clichés as all the other films that wrap the legend up and throw it away. And once Mel Brooks has had a go at it, it’s time to wipe the slate clean.”

Speaking more generally, Crowe said: “Past filmmakers and studios have ‘supposed’ things about Robin Hood,” whereas his new film “depicts the origins, where he might actually have come from”. Rather than relying on the “usual clichés,” Crowe‘s version will “recalibrate the story … taking a fresh look”.

Robin Hood will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 12.