Russell Crowe Reflects on 'Gladiator' Sequel Exclusion

Russell Crowe, who starred as Maximus in the 2000 blockbuster 'Gladiator', expresses mixed feelings about not being part of the sequel. While recalling the impact of the original film on his career, he shows his unease about the moral journey of a character in the new movie.

PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: 13-06-2024 15:06 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 15:06 IST
Russell Crowe Reflects on 'Gladiator' Sequel Exclusion
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In the latest twist on Hollywood nostalgia, Russell Crowe admitted to feeling a 'tinge of jealousy' about not being part of the upcoming 'Gladiator' sequel. The original 2000 period drama, where Crowe's portrayal of Roman general Maximus earned him an Oscar, is receiving a modern follow-up helmed once again by Ridley Scott.

Scott will direct the sequel featuring Paul Mescal, who gained fame through 'Normal People' and 'Aftersun'. Crowe, now 60, expressed both nostalgia and discomfort regarding the new film's narrative, questioning the moral journey of one character. 'I'm slightly uncomfortable with the fact they're making another one—because, of course, I'm dead and I have no say in what gets done,' Crowe commented in the 'Kyle Meredith With…' podcast.

Recollecting his experience on the original set, Crowe recalled the multiple opportunities it opened up for him. 'The doors that particular movie opened for me… there's definitely a tinge of melancholy, a tinge of jealousy,' he said. Directed by Ridley Scott, the sequel features notable actors like Denzel Washington and Joseph Quinn and is set for a November 22 release.

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