Gladiator Actor Russell Crowe latest film credits include his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Thor: Love and Thunder, and the upcoming horror film The Pope’s Exorcist. However, he is still best known for his Academy Award-winning performance as Maximus in Gladiator back in 2000. A Gladiator sequel is currently in the works with Paul Mescal and Denzel Washington, but Crowe has confirmed that he will not be involved in the film. In a recent interview, he admitted to feeling “slightly jealous” of the new movie’s cast and talked about the special place that the original movie holds in his heart.
Crowe clarified that the sequel will not involve him as it is set long beyond Maximus’ passing. He shared that he has not been approached about the movie but wishes Paul Mescal and the rest of the cast the best of luck. Crowe also expressed his love for period movie sets, stepping into costumes, and different situations.
Even though the Gladiator sequel is moving forward without him, Crowe’s legacy in the film remains intact. He acknowledged the enduring popularity of the original movie, which still gets primetime TV showings around the world, and admitted that it changed the way people regarded him and his work.