In the annals of movie legend, Russell Crowe has been talked up not as merely the man who brought Maximus Meridus to life on screen in Gladiator, but the man who gave him his voice.
Ridley Scott is set to direct the sequel to the Oscar-winning historical drama, set several decades after the first movie.
The cast and crew of Ridley Scott's epic reveal how a backpacking trip and 'Easy Rider' inspired the film and why people thought they were making 'Conan 3'.
What will you choose? Gladiator? Blade Runner? Alien? Black Hawk Down? Or something else entirely? Ridley Scott has got an amazing back catalogue to choose from.
As well as launching Crowe as a major leading man, ‘Gladiator’ also re-energised Scott’s directing career, the ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Thelma and Louise’ legend having hit a bit of dry spell in mid-1990s with such critical and commercial disappointments as ‘1492,’ ‘White Squall’ and ‘GI Jane.’ By contrast, ‘Gladiator’ wound up making $456 million worldwide and scooping five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe (although, alas, no Best Director award). This is not the first time the notion of a ‘Gladiator’ sequel has been brought up.
In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a great battle that results in the deaths of major figures like Odin and Loki. In Marvel’s upcoming sequel ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, it may mean something else. Since it was announced, fans have assumed the film was named after this and the famed comic book story arc, but a new report has suggested its also the name of a planet central to the plot.
Whether it’s a period costume, unique prop or little-known story brought to life, the movie industry loves to bang on about how authentic historical films are. But just how accurate are they? We asked award-winning historian Tom Holland, author of ‘Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar’ and upcoming biography ‘Athelstan: The Making of England’ to tell us which things movies never get right.