10 Things You Never Knew About Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves!

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was one of those classic action films that we all flocked to see when it was came out – and it went on to remain at the top of the box office charts for months after release. Such success is the envy of action movies to this day. Let’s take a look back at this great film with some facts about Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves that you probably never knew…


1. Alan Rickman improvised the spoon threat

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Alan Rickman twice rejected the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham – but he changed his mind when the filmmakers promised he could develop the character however he wanted.

Rickman truly shone in the role, and he ad-libbed many lines including the famous quip about cancelling Christmas, and his threat, “Locksley, I’m going to cut your heart out…with a spoon!”

2. Cary Elwes was the first choice to play Robin Hood

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Before Kevin Costner won the role of Robin Hood, producers offered it to Princess Bride star Cary Elwes. However, Elwes rejected the part, complaining that the plot was too contrived!

Funnily enough, Elwes would eventually play a parody of Costner’s Robin in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

3. The flaming arrow shot was filmed at 300 frames per second

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To get the right look for the scene in which Robin fires a flaming arrow in slow motion, the scene was filmed at 300 frames per second rather than the usual 24 frames. This meant the filmmakers didn’t have to just slow down the normal footage in post-production.

4. Kevin Costner’s horse broke Costner’s nose

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While filming one scene, Kevin Costner was on horseback when the animal reared back and smacked its head into Costner’s face, breaking his nose. Reportedly Costner just carried on acting through this excruciating moment!

5. Will Scarlett was offered to Johnny Depp first

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Before Christian Slater, the role of Will Scarlett was initially offered to then-21 Jump Street star Johnny Depp. Instead, Depp chose to play the titular hero in Edward Scissorhands, as well as featuring in John Waters’ Cry-Baby.

6. Freeman got his role in Unforgiven because of Prince of Thieves

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While filming Prince of Thieves, Kevin Costner brought the script of Unforgiven to the attention of his co-star Morgan Freeman, who plays Azeem Edin Bashir Al Bakir in Thieves.

Freeman was so taken with Unforgiven that he contacted director Clint Eastwood and asked for the role of Ned Logan. Logan became one of Freeman’s most critically acclaimed performances.

7. Robin Wright was cast as Maid Marian, but had to drop out when she became pregnant

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The role of Maid Marian was originally given to Robin Wright, who, like Cary Elwes, had recently starred in The Princess Bride. Unlike Elwes, Wright did accept the role – but she later had to drop out when she fell pregnant with her first child.

8. The real King Richard was 24 years younger than Sean Connery at that time

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When Sean Connery played King Richard the Lion Heart, he was 61 years old. However, the movie is set in 1194, when the real King Richard would have been just 37.

9. Rickman and Mastrantonio were neighbours in real life

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Whilst filming the movie, Alan Rickman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio happened to be neighbours in their London homes. At the movie’s premiere, Rickman joked about popping round to borrow milk from Mastrantonio.

10. Rickman made one child star giggle so much that she struggled to act

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When Alan Rickman was filming a scene with a young actress, in which the Sheriff of Nottingham reflects on his sad childhood, the actor was worried he might scare the actress, named Sarah Alexandra. To set her at ease, Rickman goofed around so much between shots that she was giggling throughout their takes and struggled to keep a straight face on camera.