Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I've Got a Dirty Thumb: A Tale of Robin Hood and Side By Sides

So many things. First of all, Netflix has put up a shit ton of British TV on instant watch, so that's basically what's been going on in my life. This has allowed me to remove some shows from my regular Netflix queue and watch them more... instantly. The BBC series Robin Hood has been in my queue for what feels like forever, and I keep moving it down the line in favor of other stuff, but now I've finally started the first season and I've come to an amazing realization:

(Disclaimer before we get to the SBS Slide show: I took screengrabs of the R. Hood cast because all the images that came up on Google were photoshopped like this)

I'll start off with the one that consistently confuses and disorients me; The Sheriff of Nottingham AKA Billy Joel.

But wait! There's more! The Sheriff's right hand man, Guy of Gisborne, is totally Bradley Cooper (in a Bronson Pinchot wig):

And the Side By Side action doesn't stop with the bad guys. Ooooh no. One of R. Hood's merry maids men is quite the Gael Garcia Bernal lookalike:

Robin also cruises Sherwood Forest with a guy who has Jemaine Clement's lips. I recognized them right away because I keep a picture of Jemaine's lips in my wallet. (Also, just found out from Google that there is no R in Jemaine's name. WHAT.)

And although Jonas Armstrong, who plays the titular hero, doesn't really inspire any shocking Side By Sides, he has a total Ryan Gosling vibe going on.

The only bummer about the show is that so far (though, I'm just getting started in the series) there's no Prince John! Then again, someone already set a pretty high standard:

I'm also bummed that I can't seem to find a video where PJ actually delivers the line, "I've got a dirty thumb," but here's a hilarious clip in Danish.

Another weird thing about the show is the amount of makeup the women wear. Seriously, you expect me to just accept that a woman in the 12th Century has eye makeup like this:

1) You can't afford to bathe
2) Your roof is made of hay
3) You cannot possibly have access to a smokey eye palette

But other than that the show is pretty soapy and enjoyable. But it could use more sex. Like I often say, there's a reason they made the cartoon Robin Hood a fox.


This is Jackie signing off... said...

You have an incredible gift for side by sides.

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