For one of the more bizarre news items for today, I submit what’s going on over on the set for Ridley Scott’s Nottingham. The film, starring Russell Crowe as both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, has seen its fair share of troubling signs: script-related debacles, delays in shooting, squabbles between director and star, and the fact that Russell Crowe is starring in a movie. Cinematical is now reporting that lead actress Sienna Miller has been let go by the producers…
Why? She’s too attractive!
Allegedly Crowe, who still has the pounds left over from shooting Body of Lies and State of Play, looks awkward during love scenes with Miller, who was supposed to play Maid Marian. According to a source:
…the love scenes between him and Sienna would have been laughable. He’s so old and fat and she’s so young and gorgeous. It’s just . . . gross.”
Cinematical reports that the “producers were going to look for a new co-star that was a little closer in size, and age to Crowe.”
This whole story makes me giggle. Miller must not have impressed with her acting chops (which were pretty limited [let’s be honest] to begin with). So they’re gonna can her and opt for some heavier, older leading lady? Also, Crowe is playing a fat Robin Hood? That could be interesting…bear in mind that Robin Hood wears tights. Crowe is 44, so to find an actress that is close in age and weight to Crowe, I would recommend “3rd Rock from the Sun” actress Kristen Johnston, but even she looks like she’s lost too much weight to be considered viable for what has become Hollywood’s newest black hole for happy set stories, taking over the mantle left empty by last year’s Four Christmases.
Let’s give it up for Ridley Scott for being able to work with Russell Crowe for 4 films before everything absolutely fell to shit.