Friday, January 19, 2007

Little Britain star wanted to play Friar Tuck?

According to popular legend Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest with his companions Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Little John, Allan-A-Dale and Maid Marian.
But Hood's rotund sidekick Tuck, an old favourite, was dispensed with from the first BBC comeback series on the grounds that he was viewed as a "laughing stock".
Critics believed that "laughing stock" was code for Tuck being too fat and a poor role model for kids.
BBC ONE Controller Peter Fincham revealed a change of heart at the channel's season launch.
He says he wants Little Britain star Lucas, 32, to play the role, but that he had not been approached formally.
Jonas Armstrong as Robin Hood
He says: "The series wants to evolve and he is a great character... If Matt Lucas said he'd play him I would be very happy. I did mention it to Matt and he said he would love to do that."
The revival of Robin Hood stars Jonas Armstrong in the lead role, who follows in the footsteps of Richard Greene in the 1950s and Michael Praed in the 1980s.

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