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The legend of Robin Hood

Mark Addy as Friar Tuck in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Photo: David Appleby  2010 Universal Studios
Mark Addy's TV credits include Heartbeat and The Thin Blue Line

The actor who plays Friar Tuck in Ridley Scott's Hollywood blockbuster, Robin Hood, hopes that the film will encourage people to visit England.

But Mark Addy, who is best known for his role in the Full Monty, admitted that tourists might not get what they expect when they reach Nottinghamshire.

He said: "It is a very different Nottingham that you see [in the film]. It's a village at this stage in time.

"But [Nottingham] is the basis for the story so plays a very important role."

The film, which goes on national release on Wednesday, 12 May 2010, is set in the 12th century. It tells the story of how Robin Longstride became Robin Hood.

Addy described it as "the birth of the legend rather than a lot of swanning about in tights in a forest".

Longstride is a foot soldier in Richard I's army fighting the French. He comes back to an England which is on the verge of civil war.

Addy got the role of Friar Tuck after Ridley Scott spotted him on the Red Riding series on television.

He said the director's film is grittier than previous takes on the Nottinghamshire legend.

"There are sieges and there are battles. Ridley throws you right into the midst of it. There are cameras everywhere.

"We spent two weeks on a beach in Pembrokeshire shooting this huge battle sequence. There were 15 cameras working so you never knew where the cameras were. You just got on and fought and did your bit of action."

Ridley Scott's Robin Hood
Mark Addy as Friar Tuck in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Photo: David Appleby  2010 Universal Studios

Addy, whose other roles include Fred Flinstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and the steamer captain in Around the World in 80 Days, has nothing but praise for the director.

"Ridley's a genius. He's not a young man anymore [he is 72] but he's still as spritely as a schoolboy. He's an amazing director and a really nice man, which is not always the case. He's a fellow northerner as well."

Addy also worked with three-time Oscar nominee Russell Crowe on the film, an actor reputed to have a bad temper. However, the latest Friar Tuck described Crowe as "lovely".

"I'm sure he probably has his moments but he was great with me. We had a fantastic time."

Crowe has confirmed that he was committed to a Robin Hood sequel. Mark Addy admitted that if Ridley Scott asked him to do anything he would say yes.

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