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...though I'm not sure how he'd feel about the casting, even if he did love Altered States:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, William Hurt has climbed aboard Ridley Scott's untitled Robin Hood film for Universal and Imagine.
Russell Crowe stars in the retelling of the origins of the legend's key characters. Cate Blanchett will portray Maid Marian, and the project, written by Brian Helgeland, also includes Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand and Alan Doyle as the Merry Men.

Hurt plays William Marshall, the Earl of Pembroke, a historical figure who was one of the most powerful men in Europe. Marshall was a servant to the Plantagenet kings and one of the best jousters of the era. Production is underway in the U.K.



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Apr. 13th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
Hmm, it will be interesting to see how Hurt plays the Marshall. While clearly a consummate tourney fighter, I've always thought of William the Marshall as being a pretty passive character, albeit perhaps very diplomatic. He navigated the Plantagenet family in a way no one else was able to, remaining on good terms with just about all of them for most of his life. To do that, especially with Henry and John, who don't seem to have tolerated any argument, would have required someone who was willing to not buck them in any of their wacko ideas and just do whatever he was told. He appears to have given more push-back to Richard, but then Richard was always an absentee landlord more interested in soldiering than governing.
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I don't think passive is the right description. Richard owed him his life, and John his throne. By all accounts, John hated him, but trusted him, since his sense of chivalry and honor were legendary, even then.

He does side with John in the Barons War, but also gets him to accept the Magna Carta, for whatever that's worth.

Apr. 13th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Does Marshall really get the credit for persuading John to accept the Magna Carta? I always figured John was simply backed into a corner and had no choice.
Apr. 14th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
That's what the french historian George Duby thought, anyway. From "William Marshal, Flower Of Chivalry":

In 1214, with his loyalty to the crown, but his heart with the barons, William pushed for an agreement between the barons and John, knowing it would be the only way to hold England together. A location was agreed upon and John and his mesnie, including William, went to meet the barons at Runnymeade. There William signed along with John Magna Carta. William's eldest son, also called William, signed for the barons.

Apr. 13th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
One of the best jousters of the era? There was another contender?

Apr. 13th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
Russell Crowe. Why does it have to be Russell Crowe? Bleh.
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