Making a sequel is often thought of as a lazy decision looking for easy money, but that’s not the case with Ridley Scott.. The filmmaker, who is currently on the Mediterranean coast filming ‘Gladiator 2’, has always tried to give his second parts a twist so that they would tell a completely different story and not be a carbon copy of the original, either in the ‘Alien’ universe with ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Covenant’ or in the film in question, the sequel to ‘Gladiator’.
At least that’s what Russell Crowe thinks, the protagonist of the original film that left us one of the most iconic phrases in film history: “My name is Máximo Decimo Meridio., commander of the northern troops, general of the Felix legions, loyal servant of the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife, and I will have my revenge, in this life or the next.”
The New Zealand actor has spent a few days in Malta on the occasion of a concert by his marching band, The Gentleman Barbersand has been addressed by the medium MaltaToday about the idea of continuing a story that seemed to have an already closed ending.
“People fell in love with a character, and then we killed him off.“, says Crowe quite rightly, but he defends the idea of a sequel due to the general feeling of his audience.
“I understand that certain stories, certain films, have been earned and deserve to have a second part, a third, a fourth… I perfectly understand. The best movies you see are the ones that, when the end is near, you never want to end. And that’s what people felt when they first saw ‘Gladiator’.”
In any case, Crowe points out that ‘Gladiator 2’ will not be a sequel itself but “a completely different story set in the same world. It is not a sequel or a remake. There is a very clear idea about how to tell the story.”
Russell Crowe’s presence in the Maltese archipelago matches SUSPICIOUSLY with that of Pedro Pascal and Paul Mescal, caught this week by a group of fans on the beaches of Malta. Does this mean that we will see Máximo Décimo Meridio reappear, somehow, in ‘Gladiator 2’?
Until we unravel this important unknown, Russell Crowe will release the movie of the villain of Spider-Man ‘Kraven, The Hunter’ in October‘, which just released its first trailer this week, and in 2024 will present ‘Sleeping Dogs’, a detective thriller about a policeman who miraculously recovers from Alzheimer’s with an experimental method and discovers things about his past that he should not remember.
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