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Russell Crowe will not be part of the Gladiator sequel
Photo: © ANP

Russell Crowe will not be part of the Gladiator sequel

Russell Crowe will not be part of the Gladiator sequel
Photo: © ANP

Russell Crowe has confirmed that he will not be a part of the sequel to Gladiator.

The original Ridley Scott epic was released in 2000 and is recognised as one of the best movies of that decade as well as a hit commercially. It won five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe.

It told the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius, a Roman general betrayed by Emperor Commodus following the death of previous Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Maximus survives an assassination attempt and is eventually sold into slavery before becoming a Gladiator inside the Roman colosseum.

A sequel was confirmed last year, with Paul Mescal in the lead role. The belief is that Gladiator 2 will focus on the character of Lucius from the first movie. The son of Lucilla and nephew of Commodus, he struck a bond with Maximus, who may or may not be his father.

Barry Keoghan and Denzel Washington will co-star, but Crowe won't be involved.

"I'm sure at some point in time they'll want to ask me about something, but they haven't brought anything up in a while," he told RTE Radio One.

"It's an extension of the narrative, but it is long beyond Maximus' passing, so it doesn't really involve me at all.

"I hear that young fella Paul is a good dude and I wish him the best of luck with it. I think where they're picking the story up from, a young Lucius, stepping into the role of emperor. I think that's a very smart idea within the world of the film that we created."

Crowe jealous not to be involved

Though Crowe recognises that Maximus' time has passed, he admits to being slightly jealous of the actors and crew working on the epic period piece.

"I don't want to dwell on it too much because it does take me back to a period of time when obviously I was significantly younger. And you know, the rose-coloured glasses of that experience now are perfectly crystallised," the Oscar winner continued.

"I look back on it and I loved every minute of it, and that wasn't actually the case at the time. I do like being on a period movie set. Stepping into those sorts of costumes and those sorts of situations and stuff, it has great appeal to me.

"There's a slight edge of jealousy that people get to have that experience that I had once."

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