Too old? Too young? Not in the movies...
By Brett Buckalew, Special to Metromix
When audiences saw Sean Connery as a middle-aged Robin Hood in 1976’s “Robin and Marian” he was an appropriate 46 years old. When audiences see Russell Crowe as a youthful, pre-Sherwood Forest Robin in the new “Robin Hood,” they might be a bit more distracted that the actor is also 46 years old.
Crowe—obvious talent and screen presence aside—doesn’t make much sense as a young warrior soon to become a legend. Some might argue that the age gap between actor and character isn’t as troubling as, say, Kevin Costner’s on-again, off-again English accent in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” but it’s a curious casting choice all the same.
Since this is hardly the first case of age-inappropriate casting on record, take a look at 10 past instances in which an actor has been either too old or too young for a certain role, and our suggested alternatives.