Russell Crowe watched previous adaptations of the Robin Hood story to inspire his latest big screen outing - and hated Kevin Costner's turn as the folk hero.
The Gladiator star plays the legendary character in Ridley Scott's upcoming blockbuster and he studied other incarnations of the role to help shape his portrayal of the action man. And he admits Costner's 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves wasn't one he liked.
He says, "I watched the Richard Greene TV series when I was a kid. When you see the episodes now, they're a bit creaky, and it's basically the same story every week. I saw the Errol Flynn version and the Douglas Fairbanks Jr. one when I was really young. But I really disliked Prince Of Thieves. I thought it was like a Jon Bon Jovi video clip - all the mullet hairdos."
"I still think there has never been a cinema Robin Hood who could have really existed. When you do the research you discover that the Robin Hood story is probably based on 24 to 30 different real people who were born in lots of different places. So you can take the time period, use the core message and put a different take on it."