THE SHER­IFF OF NOT­TING­HAM

Empire (Australasia) - - Greatest Villains - DAN JOLIN

ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991)

IT SHOULDN’T BE a sur­prise that

Alan Rick­man is the only ac­tor to make it onto this Great­est Vil­lains list twice — he does bad deeds with such gusto. Leg­end has it he kept re­fus­ing the role of the Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham un­til it was agreed he could do what­ever he liked with it — which, to Kevin Cost­ner’s ru­moured cha­grin, in­cluded steal­ing the whole damn show. Ev­ery sneer, ev­ery eye-roll, ev­ery flour­ish of sple­netic ex­as­per­a­tion is a joy to be­hold. Whether he’s can­celling Christ­mas or cut­ting your heart out with a spoon, Rick­man’s crowd-pleas­ing pan­tomime vil­lainy is down­right heroic.

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