Crowe Reflects On ROBIN HOOD Injuries

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is a curious film. It received mixed reviews and did an underwhelming box office, with $321.7 million against a budget of $155 million excluding marketing. However, it has a stellar cast, features some great performances, and on revisiting there is quite a lot to like. Shame about Russell Crowe’s Brummie accent though.

Crowe played this iteration as archer Robin Longstride. He was joined by Cate Blanchett as Marion, Oscar Isaac as Prince John, Matthew Macfadyen as the Sheriff of Nottingham as well as William Hurt, Mark Strong, Danny Huston, Lea Seydoux and Max von Sydow.

Now, while out promoting his new thriller Land of Bad, Crowe revealed to People magazine that he was filming his final scenes with two broken legs that he didn’t even know he had, after rushing an earlier scene.


Robin Hood was shot in early-mid 2009 across England and Wales, and it was during this shooting the accident occurred:

“I jumped off a castle portcullis onto rock-hard uneven ground. We should have prepped the ground and buried a pad, but we were in a rush to get the shot done in the fading light. As I jumped, I remember thinking, ‘This is going to hurt.’ [It felt] like an electric shock bursting up through my body.

We were shooting a big movie, so you just struggle through, but the last month of that job was very tricky. There was a number of weeks where even walking was a challenge

It wasn’t until a full decade later when he started having pains and had an X-ray and an MRI scan that he was made aware of how bad it was. The doctor found fracture remnants in both shin bones.,

Apparently, I finished that movie with two broken legs. All for art. No cast, no splints, no painkillers, just kept going to work, and over time, they healed themselves..

He was prepping for Man Of Steel afterward and said:

In retrospect I obviously knew something was wrong. To be the Kryptonian father of Superman was six months of incredibly intense physical training. Between the time off and that training, things fixed themselves.”

When you are over 40, things start to break when you jump about. Everyone knows this. It is why getting old sucks.

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