Russell Crowe has discussed the guilt he felt after he won an Oscar for his role in the hit 2000 film Gladiator.
The New Zealander actor, who won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Maximus Decimus Meridius in the Ridley Scott picture, was on the biggest stage for a project which also took home the coveted Best Picture gong.
However, Crowe feels like all the acclaim and attention he received for the film should have instead gone to Scott who truly deserved the praise.
“It’s funny because some days it feels so close, and other days it feels like another lifetime altogether,” he told TODAY, revealing that he re-watched the movie in Rome recently.
“It was a humbling experience, man because I’m watching it and so much changed in my life. I got so many pats on the back, and, you know, I got some big awards and all that, and obviously that sort of stepped me up to a different level for quite some time.
“But I watched that movie, and it’s a director’s film. It was one of those moments of, ‘Why did I get all the attention when really the Academy Award belongs to Ridley Scott?’”