Robin O’Hood, and Little John, the Leprechaun?
Blog Guy, I read that the actor Russell Crowe stormed out of a radio interview after suggestions that he had made the quintessentially British legend Robin Hood sound Irish in his latest movie.
Yes. A BBC reporter said his impression from Crowe’s performance was that “Robin Hood was an Irishman who took frequent holidays in Australia.”
Well so, as someone with a fine ear for dialects and accents, do you think Crowe sounds Irish in the role, or not?
It’s not that simple. Considering Robin’s dialogue in the script, it would be very hard NOT to sound a bit Irish:
Sheriff of Nottingham: Robin Hood, you are accused of stealing from the rich to give to the poor!
Robin Hood: When Irish eyes are smiling, sure, they steal your heart away…
Sheriff of Nottingham: I’ve ordered my men to search your camp!
Robin Hood: They’re always after me Lucky Charms!
Sheriff of Nottingham: Are you giving me a song and dance?
Robin Hood: Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Lura…
Wow, I can see what you mean, Blog Guy. So what do you think?
You don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s a clip from the new movie. Judge for yourself.
Russell Crowe in scene from “Robin Hood.” REUTERS/Universal Pictures
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