Gladiator star Russell Crowe has weighed in on a possible return in the role of Maximus in a planned sequel, admitting he hasn't had any conversations.
Of course, the actor's titular character famously met his maker at the end of the 2000 blockbuster, making any sort of revival questionable.
However, speaking to ScreenRant, Crowe explained: "If they're having conversations about that, those conversations haven't included me.
"I'm not sure what they have in mind. At all… Can I just say, with a pinch of salt, they have genuinely been having the same conversations since the year 2000." Ideas have floated around over how Maximus could return, Crowe explaining that producer Douglas Wick had suggested an idea reminiscent of the Bible.
"I haven't talked to Doug in a long, long time," he added. "Last time I talked to Doug, he said he had this great idea where Maximus gets carried from the stadium and they pull back this big rock and he gets put into this cave and then the rock closes over and he's anointed with oils.
"And then the rock opens up and he comes out. And I said, 'Doug, I don't think we have the rights to that story.' But that was a long, long time ago and I don't think he appreciated my sense of humour at the time."
Meanwhile, back in June Gladiator star Connie Nielsen gave an update on the sequel, saying they "did hear" from producers.
"I think it's just a question of which film is coming first in Ridley's very tight schedule," she said. "And then I think it's a question of COVID[-19] and can we get back to work? But I would be interested in doing [the film], for sure.
"I mean, it's obviously a wonderful project, so of course I would be interested."
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