Shooting Robin Hood took 100 days, but Russell says it was a lot of fun. "You sort of get beaten up a lot, but I love being on Ridley Scott movies because they work well," he says. "[Ridley's] so well organized, and that's one of the things people don't understand, because I come from a simple, working-class background and he has the same background that, you know, yes, he makes expensive movies, but he ensures that they don't cost a dollar more than they should cost. And I like that about him. I like that he's not cavalier. I like that he knows exactly how many severed heads he has in the effects department."
Despite a few severed heads, Russell says Ridley made the decision early on to make Robin Hood appropriate for younger audiences. Russell even took his two sons, 6-year-old Charlie and 3-year-old Tennyson, to see it. "They were so jazzed because this has been in their life for two and a half years, so the nervous energy was pumping," he says. "So we sit down, the movie finally starts. Within five minutes, my oldest boy, Charlie, goes, 'Oh Dad, can we go now?'"
Published on April 16, 2010