In a recent interview with Collider, 59-year-old actor Russell Crowe shared his thoughts on the highly anticipated sequel to the hit movie Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott. Crowe played the lead role of Maximus in the original 2000 film and expressed his curiosity about the direction the new movie would take.
While admitting that he did not know where the plot of the new movie would go, Crowe spoke positively about Scott’s involvement, saying that he was sure the director had ideas to improve upon the original. He added that one of the positives about Scott directing the sequel was that he would want to create something on the same level of spectacle as the first movie.
Crowe acknowledged that Gladiator had been a significant experience in his life and career, changing the way people regarded him as an actor. He also admitted feeling slightly jealous of the upcoming sequel, saying, “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.”
The Australian actor expressed his gratitude for being involved in many big movies, but he noted that the longevity of Gladiator is unique. “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,” Crowe concluded.
Gladiator 2 is scheduled for release in theaters on November 22, 2024.