Crowe stamps mark on Robin Hood

YOU can give Russell Crowe a good licking – again.

Australia Post has released a set of postage stamps featuring the Academy Award-winning actor in his latest film, Robin Hood.

One depicts the sometimes Nana Glen resident firing an arrow with a bow and another features him walking through Sherwood Forest.

The much-anticipated adventure film, which also stars Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, opens in Australia on May 13.

The stamp pack was released yesterday at Australia Post shops. Australia Post says it’s fitting to pay tribute to Crowe by producing the Robin Hood pack in recognition of his talent and contribution to the film industry.

This isn’t the first time Crowe’s image has been stuck on an envelope – he was one of four actors selected to appear in a special series of stamps to mark Australia Day in 2009.

The movie adds a new twist to the classic tale of good over evil in medieval England.

This time our hero was abandoned as a boy, and grew up in the English Army as an archer before heading off to fight the Crusades with Richard the Lionheart.

He then makes a return to an England, broke and run by a corrupt King John, determined to put things right.

A sort of Gladiator in Tights, as one critic has put it.

The result is a true epic, almost on the scale of Crowe and Scott’s Oscar-grabbing collaboration.

Robin Hood has also been selected as the opening film of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in France on May 12 and opens in cinemas across Australia next week.

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