Russell Crowe has revealed in a new interview the axed plot for Gladiator 2 having previously shared that he felt guilty for his Best Actor Oscar win for his role in Gladiator.
The actor played Maximus, the titular character, in Ridley Scott’s historical film from 2000 and even won himself an Academy Award for his role in the movie, something a few weeks ago, he revealed he looks back on with a degree of guilt.
“It was a humbling experience, man, because I’m watching it and so much changed in my life,” Crowe said of the film which also won Best Picture that year.
“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?’”
Crowe also revealed the rejected plot for the follow-up, Gladiator 2, telling Screen Rant, “Last time I talked to Doug [Wick, producer of Gladiator] 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 humor at the time.”
So, for now, it looks like a sequel to Gladiator is unlikely but there’s still hope that Maximus could rise once again.