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Russell Crowe Says He Is Up For A Gladiator Sequel

Russell Crowe Says He Is Up For A Gladiator Sequel

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Russell Crowe has said he would be up for starring in a sequel to Gladiator.

The Aussie actor is currently promoting new thriller Unhinged, but as is often the case the 56-year-old was asked about proposed plans for another instalment of the iconic 2000 movie.

And while he admitted it may prove difficult, considering the ending of the first movie, Russ said he thinks they'd be able to find a way of getting him involved.

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Speaking to E! News, he said: "I keep being like this sort of party pooper when I say, I just wanted to remind you I died in the first one. So, I don't really know. This far away, could we play with that? We could... "

Adding: "I can tell you those conversations have been going on since the last day of shooting the last one and there's been a lot of different ideas of approaching things."

Crowe says he would be up for a Gladiator sequel. Credit: Universal Pictures
Crowe says he would be up for a Gladiator sequel. Credit: Universal Pictures

And now two decades on since the movie landed in cinemas, Crowe said he's amazed people still talk about it.

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He said: "To have a film in your career where 20 years after, doesn't matter what day of the week it is, somewhere in the world it's still playing on primetime TV.

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"It's amazing. We certainly, when we were making it, we never would have expected it to have the legs that it had. In fact, while we were making it, it was chaos."

For those of you who are yet to see the Ridley Scott masterpiece, here is a very, very brief overview:

Set in AD 180, the film follows Crowe's character General Maximus Decimus Meridius as he challenges the new Roman emperor and finds himself locked in the life-or-death world of gladiator fighting.

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The Aussie actor admitted it might be difficult to fit him into a sequel but thinks it could be done. Credit: PA
The Aussie actor admitted it might be difficult to fit him into a sequel but thinks it could be done. Credit: PA

Earlier this year, one of the film's producers Doug Wick revealed Scott was hard at work trying to get a script together.

Wick told Comic Book: "Ridley would love to do it. It's really all about getting something on paper. Everyone [involved with the original] loves the movie too much to ever consider cheaply exploiting it and making something that's a shadow of it.

"It's just really a clear creative problem, working on a script, and if we can ever get it to a place... Ridley's working on it, it's really just a question of whether we can get it to a place where it feels worthy to make it. It's a real challenge.

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"But it's also a real writing problem, too. Like any good movie, Gladiator works by the skin of its teeth, where this fight movie ends up adding up that way, and so, again, to take the best of what the audience is attached to, but make it fresh in some new incarnation, it's really challenging.

"And, of course, the leading man is dead. If you do Godfather, you say, 'Okay, the audience loves these stars in this wardrobe,' and you bring back the old team."

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Topics: Russell Crowe, Entertainment, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]