Ridley: Russell and I both angry
Ridley Scott has revealed he and Russell Crowe get on so well because they are both so angry.
The award-winning director and the New Zealand-born actor have worked together on five films: Gladiator, A Good Year, American Gangster, Body Of Lies and, most recently, Robin Hood.
Ridley told the Daily Telegraph: "Russell and I are very similar - he's angry all the time and I'm angry all the time as well. We don't mean to be irritable but we don't suffer fools gladly."
The 72-year-old filmmaker's adaptation of Robin Hood has changed drastically since it was originally drafted under the title Nottingham.
He said: "The Nottingham script read a bit like CSI in green tights and I thought, 'Why are we doing this?' If you've got a subject about Robin Hood, why on earth are you calling it Nottingham? So we rewrote it from page one. It's not a remake, it's a brand new story."
Ridley - who is planning a prequel to his hit sci-fi horror flick Alien because he "got fed up of doing sequels" - also joked he has an idea for a sequel to Robin Hood ready if it is a success at the box office.
He laughed: "In it we'll take King John up to being forced to sign the Magna Carta by his people who will probably be led by a guy called Robin Hood and all the historians will go nuts."
Robin Hood opens in cinemas on May 12.