Robin Hood's New Villain: Big Media?

By Eleanor Barkhorn
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Robin Hood's famous motto is "Steal from the rich, give to the poor." But according to Russell Crowe, who plays the bandit in a new movie that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this week, he would be singing a different tune if he were alive today:

Asked at the Cannes Film Festival opening-day press-conference about interpreting Robin Hood for a modern audience, Crowe wondered aloud how the character would operate if he were alive today. "Would Robin Hood's aim be political? Would it be economic?" he asked reporters. "Or would he look at what you guys are doing?"

Crowe's conclusion is that Robin Hood would target—of course—the forces behind newspaper and television consolidation. "My theory is that if Robin Hood was alive today he'd be looking at the monopolization of media" as a villain, Crowe said, though he didn't elaborate on just what the justice seeker might do about it.

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