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Robin Hood Politically Incorrect?

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Uh-oh! Universal may have made a $225 million boo-boo.

Yesterday, Russell Crowe's newest flick, Robin Hood, hit the Cannes Film Festival. As one of the opening films, the studio was ready to welcome a warm reception from the media and glowing reviews from attendees.

Yeah, not so much, at least not from the press overseas.

While domestically the film will probably do fairly well, across the pond there are those who are majorly pissed. Sources say that members of the French media were simply outraged and almost hostile after seeing how Ridley Scott portrayed their people. Apparently, at best, the French characters could be called "Gallic Keystone Kops."

That's really bad. Only frat boys and homeless people drink Keystone!

Then there was the London press, which not only called the film “horribly long … serious to a fault … a dull movie of the kind that doesn’t pay emotional dividends,” but also took a shot at Russell's acting chops saying, “Playing Robin with all the mumbling machismo he can muster, there are times when watching him is as fun as a visit from the tax inspector."

Ouch! That one's gotta sting!

There is a lot of money riding on this thing, so Universal better hope America steps it up on the flick's opening weekend and that French & English people don't read the papers.

Otherwise someone is in BIG trouble!

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52 comments to “Robin Hood Politically Incorrect?”

  1. 1

    I really hope the beer thing was a clever joke and that you actually understand the Keystone Kops reference…

  2. 2

    Keystone Kops…. as in the silent movie, not the beer. ay, Perez.

  3. 3

    although i have not watched the film i imagine it would have been a lot better if it was made in England as this is where the story is from. i live in Nottingham and do not want to watch this film in the likely case that is has been ruined.

  4. 4

    I really couldn't understand why they even made this film. Too many Robin Hood movies have been made over the last couple of decades.

    It is definitely a "kop" out for originallity…

  5. 5

    Who the fuck cares about the French?
    btw Perez is not that bright to understand the "Keystone Kops" reference….

  6. buck says – reply to this


    really, WTF….everyone knows you are only allowed to make fun of white,Christian American males.

  7. 7

    Wow Perez way to go on making yourself like stupid! You should have looked into that reference! how about looking into things more before talking or bloging??? that would be your first step!

  8. 8

    Srsly, keystone Cops beer reference. I will personally be by to tear up your gay card…..you haven't done the homework necessary to keep it. You need to be an expert in all things movie..pre and post your own birth. Dolt.

  9. 9

    Re: Mitchell Canton – agreed!

  10. 10

    ….this movie looks terrible…it looks like Grandfather Robin Hood…he is way to old to play this part…the show on BBC America was much better I am sure…Jonas Armstrong and Richard Armitage are actually better actors….

  11. 11

    Re: schatzi – Amen. I'm glad you called Mario out on this.

  12. buck says – reply to this


    I think we can all agree Hilton is not a Road Scholar

  13. 13

    How fucking stupid are you to work in Hollywood and not know who the fucking keystone cops were? Get a fucking education.

  14. 14

    Re: L.D.H.
    Hey mate! I also live in Nottingham;) I just checked imdb and actually the film was shot entirely in England and Wales, including some in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham.

  15. 15

    Isn't it supposed to Robin in the younger years? If so, how come they look about 50? In those times I serriously doubt anyone lived past 30….

  16. 16

    Re: buck

    I don't think anyone on here is unless Myron Rolle is lurking, and we got it.

  17. 17

    Have the French EVER won a war?! NO! They're losers, not fighters. All they do is piss n' moan all the time. Shut the fuck up French! Keystone Kops is EXACTLY how they have portrayed themselves in history. Deal with it! And the movie WAS filmed in England and parts of Wales (get your facts straight LDH - so don't watch it… Scott or Crowe don't give a rat's ass - oi… yet another bankrupt self-important Brit paying into the Monarchy to continue to occupy countries it's invaded and there not belong in).

  18. 18

    keystone beer? really? you are a tard.

  19. 19

    I'm from Nottingham, England (also where Robin Hood comes from) and I find this movie a massive insult to our national legend!

  20. 20

    He's a round little fellow with a big mouth. As chunky as he is and yet in had the nerve (a while back) to make fun of American women.

  21. 21

    Re: The Dude!
    Oh, by the way, the French invaded England in the Middle Ages (William the Conqueror anyone?) and gave the English language more thant half it words. Stupid Amreican!

  22. 22

    Re: The Dude! – The only shots filmed in England were in a little village in Derbyshire, not even Sherwood Forest!!

  23. 23

    I have no desire to see this movie for two reasons:

    1) The previews look lame. I can't recall a time when, despite lame previews, a movie turned out to be good.

    2) Russell Crowe looks to old to be playing this role. I hate old people.

  24. 24

    You need to hire me as a consultant/editor…seriously…How can you do what you do and live where you live and not be interested in the history and not understand the references? Let me help you out, dude.

  25. 25

    I love Kevin Costner's Prince of Thieves!

  26. 26

    "Only frat boys and homeless people drink Keystone"…OMG, I actually cringed because of the pure stupidity.

    "Most Smartest" once again Perez……(sigh)

  27. 27

    Hmm this is no different than history…the French and English never really got along and opinions were quite opposite.

  28. 28

    The english get bashed in historical films all the time, but we don't complain…

  29. 29

    Re: Mitchell Canton – Saw the movie today. Loved it. All we see is the legend of robin. This movie is about HOW he became the legend.

    Anyway, people should stop being so sensible and uptight . It's just a movie. Laugh about it and move on. French "piss and moan all the time" (to quote someone here), English are snobs and like tea, Iatlians=mafia… oh, and Portuguese people are ugly and smell… and yes, I'm Portuguese. And I know this ain't true, so I don't give a damn about what kind of stereotype other non-portuguese people have about portuguese people. Stop taking everything so personal. As we say here: Acalmem os cavalos!

  30. 30

    I know it's a long time ago, but the French did give military support to the colonies that helped them overthrow the Brits in the revolutionary war.

    Also, yes, the French needed our help to beat the Nazis in WW2, and yes, there were too many French collaborators, but I wonder how Americans would have fared if German fighter planes were strafing and bombing our cities and invading us with troops.

    The Brits used our help too.

  31. 31

    Why would Ridley want to open at Cannes, the most prestigious and most French film fest if the French critics would feel disrespected by the portrayal? Probably he and Crowe wanted the controversy to boost the American sales. The Europeans make it known when they don't like a movie at Cannes, loudly. They boo and they also walk out.
    Oh, and like others have stated: Keystone Kops has nothing to do with beer. Mack Sennett, the founder, a really talented silent era director gave Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand their big breaks. Keystone created the crazy slapstick we hold dear today. Pies in the face and hilarious chases. I love H'wood history and would think that someone who writes a Hollywood blog would do a little research on the MAIN POINT of their post. You, Perez or ghostwriter, or both, have been embarrassing yourself all of 2010 with your lack of research, lateness (I read almost everything from HuffPo days earlier), typos, Gaga obsession, and uncalled for douchery/haterade.

  32. 32

    I agree with TellAll - KC's Prince of Thieves is the best Robin Hood flick of all time and I doubt anyone will be able to top it. I saw the preview for this at Iron Man 2 last Friday and it looks completely sucktastic and boring as all get out. I wouldn't go see it for free.

  33. 33

    what a repulsive way to spend a couple of hours
    god the fuck knows why cate b was involved

    vote 1 russell crowe
    new zealands worst export ever!

  34. 34

    men in tights you say?

  35. 35

    Re: Portuguese – I am portuguese as well! Well said my friend!

  36. 36

    Please watch the movie before criticizing the movie…Please don't judge a movie by it's trailer… Ridley Scott is a great director… again, why do we care what the french think? They have failed throughout history except in Fashion… Just saying :)

  37. 37

    road scholar strikes again

  38. 38

    Oh Perez, you are such a silly man. Everyone knows you hate Russell Crowe - you would like to see this fail. I for one have seen it and loved it. The cinema was packed and everyone was watching intently. You'd better get your spoon ready to eat a big piece of shit pie when the box office takings are announced… something tells me they're gonna be BIG!

  39. @v@ says – reply to this


    This probably means that I'll like it a lot. He who writes and directs the movie controls the vision of how that character and movie is portrayed. You can dislike a portrayal all you want. People are getting too used to photoshopping and spinning image, imo. Let the French produce their own version if they want the world to see this era from their focus.

  40. 40

    Its geographically incorrect as well cos I live in Nottingham and i'd love to know when Nottingham was by the sea? Ive seen clips from adverts with the sea in it. w . t . f

  41. Zuni says – reply to this


    HA HA HA - I wonder what those same people had to think about Monty Phython's portrayal of the French in 'The Search for the Holy Grail' … Mwa ha ha ha!!

  42. Zuni says – reply to this


    Re: curiousred – Touche, salesman …

  43. 43

    this movie looks awful and robin hood has been done wayyy too many times.. obvs it going to suck.

  44. 44

    A fat Robin Hood is not fun to watch!

  45. 45


    Keystone beer? No no no. Not what the reference was about.

  46. 46

    Re: Lillypops91 – It's not by the sea in the movie. The scenes shot by the sea have to do with the arrival of the French.

  47. 47

    Re: galleon10 – really? i didnt know that. the problem i have is that as its a british story i dont think america can do it any justice :)

  48. 48

    There is a difference between making a movie and manufacturing one.

  49. 49

    god you're a fucking idiot if you don't know what the keystone kops is and you think they're referring to beer….

  50. 50

    Google Keystone Cops, idiot. The reference, it seems, is one of incompetence, not alchohol. Who doesn't know what Keystone Cops are??? As far as the French, the reference was pretty spot-on. They don't realize what a joke they are to most of the world, and I feel comfortable saying that since I am half French.

  51. 51

    sorry but its hilarious that he stormed out of an interview when the interviewer mentioned the shitty accent he does in the film

  52. 52

    The French need to get over it. Monty Python always ridiculed them, and they were genius.

    Any English are pissed because Crowe is not one of them but born in New Zealand and lives in Australia. There has always been a jealousy there.