Trivia / Gladiator

  • Actor Allusion: Derek Jacobi wants to reform Rome.
  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Heroes And Villains:
    • #50 Hero, General Maximus Decimus Meridius
  • The Character Died with Him: Proximo was supposed to survive the movie, but instead he's killed off due to Oliver Reed's death during production.
  • Deleted Scene: One of them has two guards who screwed up and allowed Maximus to escape about to be executed with arrows, and Commodus walking in front of them while the archers are tensed to fire, and standing directly between the two condemned men as they are killed by arrows. This is supposed to show how self-destructive he's become since becoming emperor. This scene and several others have since been added back in with a recent Director's Cut, as is the increasing norm for a Ridley Scott movie.
  • Star-Making Role: An Academy Award-winning one for Russell Crowe.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Maximus was supposed to fight Proximo in the Colliseum after being captured, probably as a penultimate Kick the Dog from Commodus. Except Oliver Reed's death from a heart attack during production forced them to rewrite.
      • A lot of people thought Reed might finally have gotten an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor if he had been able to complete his role.
    • An early version of the script was to include gladiators endorsing products in the arena, but was not included as the director believed it would not be believable to the audience despite being historically accurate.
    • Nick Cave was asked to pen a sequel. It featured poor Maximus being reincarnated by the Roman gods, then teleported across time to fight as a soldier in every war ever fought. His "touching the earth" thing became a "ritual" to keep him sane. No, really. According to various reports, Russell Crowe was all for it before the project was abandoned.
    • David Franzoni's original script had Maximus named Narcissus, Commodus being strangled in the baths (as he was by the real Narcissus), the fight at the Colosseum against a rhinoceros instead of tigers and Lucilla not making it to the end of the movie but being executed (as she was in reality) along with some senators inside a Sicilian Bull. The rhinos became tigers because it was impossible to train real rhinos and CGI replacements didn't look convincing. The other things were changed because of Reality Is Unrealistic.


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