Classic Hollywood: 100 years of Robin Hood movies
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Russell Crowe's Robin Hood( David Appleby / Universal Studios )
By Susan King
The legend of Robin Hood is firmly entrenched in British folklore — an archer and swordsman who, with his band of merry men, robbed from the rich and gave to the poor during the early 12th century in Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest. Originally portrayed as a commoner, Robin's image changed so that he was later thought of as a nobleman who lost his lands and was cast out as an outlaw.
The earliest surviving ballads telling his story are dated to the 15th century or early 16th century. And, of course, Robin Hood has long been a cinematic favorite, dating back to 1909's silent "Robin Hood and His Merry Men." With Russell Crowe playing the hero in Ridley Scott's new version of the adventure, "Robin Hood," opening Friday, we take a look at a few of the actors who would be Robin.