Spot­light on the re­make of Robin Hood

The clas­sic tale gets a re­boot like no other


ROBIN’S CREW After repris­ing his role as Eg­gsy in the sec­ond Kings­man movie, Welsh ac­tor Taron Eger­ton is back in the lat­est ver­sion of Robin Hood. The clas­sic 14th-cen­tury folk­tale tells the story of Robin of Lox­ley, a war-hard­ened Cru­sader who be­comes a “noble out­law” by steal­ing from the rich to give to the poor in re­volt against the cor­rupt English crown.

Os­car win­ner Jamie Foxx plays Robin’s Moor­ish men­tor, Lit­tle John. Eve Hew­son stars as his love in­ter­est, Maid Mar­ian, Jamie Dor­nan plays his half-brother, Will Scar­lett, and Ben Men­del­sohn is the vil­lain­ous Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham.

GRITTY RE­MAKE It’s been eight years since the pre­vi­ous Robin Hood re­make. Taron ini­tially felt movie fans might not be ready for an­other film about the in­fa­mous English archer and al­most turned down the role, but after read­ing the script and see­ing its mod­ern take on the story he de­cided to give it a shot.

Jamie says au­di­ences shouldn’t ex­pect Old English and tights. “The way they shot it was crazy, it looks as if you’re watch­ing Zero Dark Thirty. We’re shoot­ing with our bows, but they com­put­er­gen­er­ated it so it’s rapid-fire, al­most like an AK. I saw that and was, like, ‘Oh, they ain’t ready for this!’ ”

BUD­DING BRO­MANCE Taron (29) says the film is “high-oc­tane, fast-paced and fun” and he loved work­ing and bond­ing with Foxx on set. “To have that kind of buddy re­la­tion­ship go­ing with him in the film is quite ex­cit­ing. He’s nur­tur­ing and en­cour­ag­ing . . . a great guy.”

Foxx is equally in awe of his co-star. “Taron is such a great ac­tion hero. He kills this s**t. He looks so great as Robin Hood. That f***ing jaw­line!”

‘This film has noth­ing to do with any of the other Robin Hoods that have been made. I didn’t watch them, I wasn’t in­flu­enced by them at all. The ver­sion we made is com­pletely and ut­terly dif­fer­ent from any­thing you’ve seen be­fore’ – Di­rec­tor Otto Bathurst

Catch Robin Hood in cin­e­mas now TOP (from left): Tim Minchin, Jamie Dor­nan, Taron Eger­ton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Men­del­sohn and Eve Hew­son star in Robin Hood. ABOVE: Jamie and Taron say they bonded on set. LEFT: The movie is a mod­ern, hi-tech take on the pop­u­lar 14th-cen­tury English folk­tale.

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