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From The Grauniad earlier this week:

“Russell Crowe has confirmed speculation that he aims to star as the comic Bill Hicks during an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Crowe, 44, is currently without a project for seven months due to a delay in filming Ridley Scott’s alternative Robin Hood tale, Nottingham. He told the Herald: “I have another project based on the life of comedian Bill Hicks, which is going from treatment to draft stage with Kiwi writer Mark Staufer.” The Herald says it understands Crowe would play Hicks, the outspoken US comedian who died at the age of 32 from pancreatic cancer.”

Oh, dear.

If you go to the original Sydney Morning Herald scoop, however, you’ll find the following:

“Crowe confirmed Nottingham would not go ahead until March next year because director Sir Ridley Scott wanted the leaves on the trees in England’s Sherwood Forest to be the right colour.”

Am I the only person in the room who finds that fucking hilarious?


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  1. Richard August 31, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Oh yes, sherwood forest not the right colour yet. we should be grateful really that he didn’t just go in and paint them all.

  2. Tom Lennon August 31, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Indeed we should. I wonder if Sir Ridley has some Notts-based gopher who has to carry out daily checks on Sherwood? “Bad news, sir – the forest is still looking insufficiently lush and verdant, and there’s a pair of tied-together Nikes hanging from a branch of the Major Oak.”

    I wish Sir Ridley would do the decent thing and make a new science fiction film. Fanboys like me would be happy, and he could spare himself the headaches over leaf colouration…

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