Are You Not Entertained? Russell Crowe Returns to ‘Gladiator’ Film Location

by Chase Thomas
(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Can you believe fellow Outsiders that it’s already been over twenty years since Russell Crowe starred in the film Gladiator directed by Ridley Scott?

Well, time passes, but Russell Crowe has not forgotten the look whatsoever, as the legendary actor returned to where it all began at Malta’s For Ricasoli.

Over the years, Crowe has spoken at length about his most iconic role. There is a world where the film that won Best Picture and Crowe won Best Actor was not any good to begin with. Yes, Crowe was not a fan of the original script, according to Crowe on his earlier appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show. Crowe said,”The producer didn’t know I’d actually already been able to get a copy.”

So Crowe actually got an earlier copy of the script, which was a surprise to the producer.

Crowe continued, “But the thing he said was, “I don’t want to send you the document we have because you won’t respond to it.”

Later, Crowe met with the director Ridley Scott and as they say the rest is history. As it has been reported the duo hit it off right away and they put together one of the biggest films in cinematic history.

Could There Ever Be a Gladiator 2 With Russell Crowe?

Never say never. Scott was interviewed by EW where he said, “I know how to bring him back. I was having this talk with the studio — ‘but he’s dead.’ But there is a way of bringing him back. Whether it will happen I don’t know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell’s changed a little bit. He’s doing something right now but I’m trying to get him back down here.”

This is interesting, as the character that everyone fell in love with would ostensibly not be available for a sequel without jumping through all sorts of logistical hoops. However, what Scott is saying makes sense. There is a way to do it, similar to what we’re seeing in Dexter: New Blood with the return of Deb Morgan as Dexter’s dark passenger. You could bring Crowe back in a role like that. You could bring him back in a flashback-heavy way.

Simply put there are a multitude of ways one could put together a sequel. And, with how successful the original 2000 film was, you have to assume if Scott were to do it and also bring back Russell Crowe, the man might know what he was doing. It would be exciting to see how the storyline would work. Also, who all would be brought back and the logistics of it all is enticing.