What we've seen so far of Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood' has been full of grit, blood and aggression, the kind of action we've come to expect from Scott and his star, Russell Crowe, since they first teamed up for 'Gladiator' 10 years ago.

In fact, previews of 'Robin Hood' have been so similar in spirit and intensity to the 2000 Oscar winner that certain folks around the Internet -- perhaps even some here -- have taken to calling the May 14 release 'Maximus of Locksley.'

But this new clip from the upcoming film (with the help of Cate Blanchett's Maid Marian), shows a lighter, more playful side of the prince of thieves than we ever saw from poor, brooding Maximus. What we've seen so far of Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood' has been full of grit, blood and aggression, the kind of action we've come to expect from Scott and his star, Russell Crowe, since they first teamed up for 'Gladiator' 10 years ago.

In fact, previews of 'Robin Hood' have been so similar in spirit and intensity to the 2000 Oscar winner that certain folks around the Internet -- perhaps even some here -- have taken to calling the May 14 release 'Maximus of Locksley.'

But this new clip from the upcoming film (with the help of Cate Blanchett's Maid Marian), shows a lighter, more playful side of the prince of thieves than we ever saw from poor, brooding Maximus.


The lights are low in Marian's chamber, fire roaring, and Robin of Locksley seems caught in a game of circumstance where the two, clearly at odds, must play a game of husband and wife as "a ruse to convince the servants," as Marian puts it curtly.

While Robin is game -- "should you not be addressing me as 'my husband' or 'my dear'?" he smirks -- Marian not so much. The couple may soon wreak havoc side by side on the battlefields of Sherwood Forest, but for now, they're locked in a flirtatious battle of constitutions that seems more akin to Nora Ephron than Ridley Scott.

And yes, it's a sweet, funny scene that shows a true chemistry between Crowe and Blanchett, but here's hoping that the next clip we see has Robin Hood doing more damage with his bow and arrow than with his sly wit.

CATEGORIES Video, Summer Movies