In January this year, we presented the news that the sequel of the Oscar winning critically acclaimed film ‘Galdiator’ (2000) is in the next big thing in the pipeline of director Ridley Scott. Earlier, we also disclosed the news about the new star cast, Paul Mescal, who has been chosen by the director to play the lead role of Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Neilsen) and the nephew of the antagonist Commudus (Joaquin Phoenix).
Now, we have got to know that actor Russell Crowe has admitted that he feels slightly jealous about the sequel. Russell Crowe, who played the iconic role of Maximus in the original film, recently have a memorable interview with Collider. There, he finally opened up about his genuine feelings about the sequel.
When Crowe was asked if there’s anything he, as a key part of the original film, is hoping to see in the sequel, the actor replied, “I don’t really know where they’re going to go with it. I’m sure that there have been things on Scott’s mind for the last twenty-four years that he thinks he can probably do better, or something. I think that’s one of the positives about it, for sure, that it is Ridley, because he is going to want to go back into that world and create something on the same level of spectacle as the first one.”
While sharing his personal feelings about the sequel, Crowe further shared, “I mean, look, the only thing that I really feel about it is slightly jealous, you know? Because I was a much younger man, obviously and it was a huge experience in my life. It’s something that changed my life, really. It changed the way people regarded me and what I do for a living, and, you know, I’ve been very lucky to be involved in lots of big movies, but the legs on that film are incredible.”
Russell Crowe won his very first Oscar for ‘Gladiator’ at the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001. Hence, it’s quite understandable about his deep emotions for the film.
“Here it is, it’s 2023, and we made that film in 1999. I guarantee you, somewhere around the world tonight, ‘Gladiator’ is going to be showing on primetime TV. And you don’t always get that kind of longevity with every film you do, so, it obviously holds a special place in my heart”, the 59-year-old actor further continued while expressing his thoughts about the sequel.
Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington and Barry Keoghan, ‘Gladiator’ sequel has already gone on floors and is gearing up for a 2024 release.