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Russell Crowe almost played Gladiator because of original script ‘absolute rubbish’

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Russell Crowe described the original script for Ridley Scott’s 2000 historical action film wrestler “Utter nonsense” and considered giving up the career-defining role until major cuts were made.

Crowe said in an interview reflecting on his previous film roles with Vanity Fair. “What I wasn’t sure of wrestler It was the world that was around me. At the core of what we were doing was a great concept but the script was rubbish. Absolute nonsense. “

In his view, the Australian actor — who won his first and only Best Actor Oscar for playing Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius — provided an example of one of the “bizarre sequences” from wrestlerThe original text, which included sponsoring olive oil for carts. “It’s all true,” he explained, “but it wouldn’t be appropriate for a modern audience.” They’ll go, “What the hell is that?”


He admitted that he asked himself if “maybe my best option would be to get on the plane and get out of here”, but credited “constant conversations with Ridley that gave me faith” for sticking to the project. Watch the interview below; Crowe comments on wrestler Start around the 4:55 mark.

Ridley Scott is currently working on a wrestler The sequel stars Paul Mescal, Barry Keoghan and, most recently, Denzel Washington. It is set to be released on November 22, 2024. Following these developments, Crowe shared via collider that he was “a little jealous” about the sequel.

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