Russell Crowe reveals Gladiator guilt

Russell Crowe felt guilty about the attention surrounding him following the success of Gladiator.The actor received a best actor Oscar in 2001 for his role in the historical drama, but felt it was unfair for him to receive the lion’s share of public …

Russell Crowe felt guilty about the attention surrounding him following the success of Gladiator.

The actor received a best actor Oscar in 2001 for his role in the historical drama, but felt it was unfair for him to receive the lion’s share of public praise.

Russell, who played Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius in the film, admits his feelings overshadowed the accolades as he believed director Ridley Scott deserved more recognition.

“It is a director’s film…,” Russell explained during an interview on Australian show Today. “Why did I get all the attention, when the Academy Award belongs to Ridley Scott?'”

The 56-year-old says the guilt set in again when he recently watched a screening of the 2000 movie at the Colosseum in Rome.

“(After starring in Gladiator), 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,” he said.

In Gladiator, Russell’s high-ranking Roman general character was forced into slavery before seeking revenge against the corrupt emperor who killed his family.

The actor recently admitted he almost turned down the iconic role because he wasn’t impressed with the initial script.

“It was just so bad,” he laughed during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “The producer didn’t know I’d actually already been able to get a copy, but the thing he said was, ‘I don’t want to send you the document we have because you won’t respond to it, but I want to encourage you to have a meeting with Ridley Scott and here’s the thing that I want you to think about: it’s 180 AD, you’re a Roman general and you’re being directed by Ridley Scott. Just think about that.'”

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Brad Pitt ‘really grateful’ to Ridley Scott for Thelma & Louise role

Brad Pitt will be forever grateful to Ridley Scott and Geena Davis for taking a chance on him in Thelma & Louise.The actor recalled playing cowboy drifter J.D., and said he was thankful for director Ridley and his co-star Geena for taking a chance on h…

Brad Pitt will be forever grateful to Ridley Scott and Geena Davis for taking a chance on him in Thelma & Louise.

The actor recalled playing cowboy drifter J.D., and said he was thankful for director Ridley and his co-star Geena for taking a chance on him in the 1991 drama, which catapulted him to Hollywood superstardom.

“I’m really grateful to Ridley Scott and Geena, who gave me that shot, because that was the big league,” the 56-year-old told The Sun on Sunday. “I had nothing to show for myself, except for my work as an extra, and they took a chance on me.

“I think they were desperate, to tell you the truth. They were already shooting because a week later I was on set, working.”

In the classic movie, which also starred Susan Sarandon, Brad played a thief who has broken parole and seduces Geena’s character, and he confessed that he cringes when watching himself in the movie.

“I’m more aware of how high my voice is in it. My a*s must have been clenched so tight, being the first one,” Brad laughed.

He also revealed that he was up against five other actors to land the part of J.D., one of which was George Clooney, and it was Geena who picked him out personally.

“The blond one… hello!” she reportedly quipped at the time.

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Ridley Scott: ‘There’s still a lot of mileage in Alien’

Ridley Scott believes there’s still a lot of avenues to be explored within the Alien universe. Scott helmed the iconic 1979 sci-fi horror movie Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, a crew member onboard a spaceship invaded by a deadly ext…

Ridley Scott believes there’s still a lot of avenues to be explored within the Alien universe.

Scott helmed the iconic 1979 sci-fi horror movie Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, a crew member onboard a spaceship invaded by a deadly extra-terrestrial creature, and its popularity spawned sequels directed by James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet until 1997.

The Oscar nominee revisited that world with the 2012 prequel Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant, but despite the latter underperforming at the box office, Scott has revealed he may not yet be done with exploring potential Alien stories.

“I still think there’s a lot of mileage in Alien, but I think you’ll have to now re-evolve,” the filmmaker said to The Los Angeles Times. “What I always thought when I was making it, the first one, why would a creature like this be made and why was it travelling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That’s the thing to question – who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Gladiator director, who is currently residing in Los Angeles, insisted the coronavirus lockdown had been “a great opportunity to get all those unfinished scripts finished” and that he still hadn’t figured out when he could resume filming The Last Duel, starring Matt Damon and Adam Driver.

“We still have to work out when we’re returning to finish it off, whenever,” Scott added.

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Russell Crowe was told ‘out of touch’ Gladiator would be a flop

Russell Crowe was warned that his historical epic Gladiator would be a flop because it was “out of touch”.The 56-year-old actor reflected on making Ridley Scott’s critically-acclaimed 2000 movie to celebrate its 20th anniversary and revealed that he wa…

Russell Crowe was warned that his historical epic Gladiator would be a flop because it was “out of touch”.

The 56-year-old actor reflected on making Ridley Scott’s critically-acclaimed 2000 movie to celebrate its 20th anniversary and revealed that he was told once he’d finished shooting that the film was seen to be old-fashioned.

“Most people had already sort of written it off from a business point of view. They didn’t know anything about it,” he told Variety. “What they heard was that it was a ‘sword and sandal’ epic, you know, the cliche that they used to call things like that. They thought that was such an out-of-touch step to make.”

He recalled having a candid conversation with a friend in Hollywood who then expressed concern that the big-budget blockbuster was going to fail at the box office.

“I was talking to him about how difficult the shoot had been because just being honest, it was tricky and it was exhausting and it took everything I had. So I was discussing it in those terms, and he took that as a negative,” Crowe explained, noting that he was told that at least he had the critically-acclaimed L.A. Confidential to fall back on.

He continued: “And I went out of that meeting and talked about it with my agent, I was like, ‘Is that what people really think?’ And he goes, ‘Well, yep.'”

Crowe went on to win the Best Actor Oscar in 2001 for his performance as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius, and the historical epic also scooped the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Ben Affleck ‘nervous’ about filming medieval movie with Matt Damon

Ben Affleck is a little “nervous” about filming his new medieval movie, The Last Duel.The 47-year-old has signed on to appear alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Matt Damon in the upcoming project, which is based on a true story and set in 14th cen…

Ben Affleck is a little “nervous” about filming his new medieval movie, The Last Duel.

The 47-year-old has signed on to appear alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Matt Damon in the upcoming project, which is based on a true story and set in 14th century France.

But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Affleck confessed that the medieval storyline, and working with armour and weapons, would definitely push him outside of his comfort zone.

“I am a little nervous. Because I have never done medieval!” the actor laughed. “It’s 1386, so it is like armour and swords and stuff like that. But it was a real pleasure working with Matt and Nicole Holofcener, who wrote the script with us.”

Directed by Ridley Scott, the film will tell the story of knight Jean de Carrouges, as played by Damon, who accuses his squire, Driver’s Jacques Le Gris, of raping his wife Marguerite, portrayed by Comer.

In an effort to settle the fight, King Charles VI sanctions a duel between the two knights – the last-ever recorded in the country.

While Affleck was previously reported to be playing one of the leading roles opposite his longtime friend Damon, he is now taking on a supporting part and focusing his efforts on co-writing the script and serving as executive producer.

And the Gone Girl star also revealed that he and Damon are revelling in being able to work with each other once again.

“(We) just kept saying, ‘Why have we not done this more often?’ We just got lucky that our schedules kind of intersected so that we had some free time to share,” he smiled.

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Matt Damon and James Mangold to reunite for The Force adaptation

Matt Damon is teaming up with director James Mangold once again on cop drama The Force. The Bourne Identity star recently worked with the Logan filmmaker on 2019 racing drama Ford v Ferrari, which is currently nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and…

Matt Damon is teaming up with director James Mangold once again on cop drama The Force.

The Bourne Identity star recently worked with the Logan filmmaker on 2019 racing drama Ford v Ferrari, which is currently nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and they have already lined up their next collaboration.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to feature in an adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 crime novel, The Force, which Mangold has been developing to direct for the recently renamed 20th Century Studios.

The actor will reportedly play NYPD detective Denny Malone, a cop who gets caught up in a corruption scandal. He is under siege from all sides – from members of the mob, who have him in their pocket, and federal investigators, who want to put him behind bars – and is faced with a bargain that will require him to testify against his loyal but dirty team. Damon previously played a corrupt cop in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 drama The Departed.

The first draft of the screenplay was written by famed playwright David Mamet, but Mangold has been working on a rewrite with Scott Frank, who he previously collaborated with on Logan. Gladiator director Ridley Scott will produce via his Scott Free banner.

The Force is the second project Mangold is currently developing – he is also working on a Bob Dylan biopic set to star Little Women’s Timothee Chalamet. The film, which is thought to be titled Going Electric, will chronicle the period in the 1960s in which Dylan shocked fans by switching from an acoustic to an electric guitar, thus moving from a folk to a more rock n roll sound.

Damon has recently wrapped filming on Stillwater, about a man whose daughter has been arrested for murder in France, and is gearing up to film Scott’s medieval epic The Last Duel.

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Lady Gaga to star in Ridley Scott’s Gucci murder drama

Lady Gaga is set to star in Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci. According to Deadline, the Alien filmmaker has committed to directing a drama about the Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the grand…

Lady Gaga is set to star in Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci.

According to Deadline, the Alien filmmaker has committed to directing a drama about the Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci, who founded the Italian fashion house.

The A Star Is Born actress is set to portray Patrizia Reggiani, who was married to Maurizio, with whom she has two daughters, from 1973 until 1985, when he left her for a younger woman. In 1995, four years after they were officially divorced, Maurizio was shot and killed on the steps of his office by a hitman she had hired. She was sentenced to 29 years in prison but only served 18 years before being released in 2016.

The movie will be written by Roberto Bentivegna and based on The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, the 2000 book by Sara Gay Forden. Scott will produce the drama with his wife Giannina for his Scott Free Productions banner.

Scott is set to move onto the movie once he has completed medieval drama The Last Duel, which will star Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Ben Affleck, and Jodie Comer.

The Gucci drama will mark Lady Gaga’s next role following her acclaimed turn alongside Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born. Her performance earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, but she lost out to The Favourite’s Olivia Colman. However, she didn’t go home empty-handed as she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Shallow.

Her previous acting roles include Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and American Horror Story: Hotel, for which she won a Golden Globe.

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Adam Driver taking over Ben Affleck’s role in The Last Duel

Adam Driver is in talks to take over Ben Affleck’s role in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming revenge thriller The Last Duel.Affleck had been due to star in the historical drama, set in 14th century France, which would have pitted him against his real-life bes…

Adam Driver is in talks to take over Ben Affleck’s role in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming revenge thriller The Last Duel.

Affleck had been due to star in the historical drama, set in 14th century France, which would have pitted him against his real-life best pal Matt Damon as the duo were set to play former friends-turned-rivals.

However, the Argo star has since had to step aside due to scheduling issues and will appear in a supporting role instead, according to Variety.

Driver has now been tapped to become one of the leads of the film, which is based on Eric Jager’s 2004 novel The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France, which depicts the real-life battle between knight Jean de Carrouges and squire Jacques Le Gris.

Last month, it was announced that Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer had signed on to play the wife of one of the two characters, who accuses the other of rape. After nobody believes her allegations, her husband appeals to the King of France and requests a duel to the death to decide his former friend’s fate.

The battle was the last legally sanctioned duel in France.

Damon and Affleck, who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, have teamed up with writer/director Nicole Holofcener to adapt the book for the big screen.

The Academy Award-winning duo will also produce along with director Scott and his filmmaking partner Kevin Walsh, with Madison Ainsley serving as executive producer.

The Last Duel is expected to go into production in early 2020.

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American Gangster movie was set to become Hollywood joke over terrifying director

Universal bosses were willing to take a massive hit on producer Brian Grazer’s film American Gangster because they were terrified of the director he hired.The movie mogul had Denzel Washington and Benicio Del Toro attached to the drama, and had no idea…

Universal bosses were willing to take a massive hit on producer Brian Grazer’s film American Gangster because they were terrified of the director he hired.

The movie mogul had Denzel Washington and Benicio Del Toro attached to the drama, and had no idea studio executives were so scared of the unnamed moviemaker he had tasked with directing the film, they were willing to walk away from the project and accept a $33 million (£26.5 million) loss.

“That would’ve been the biggest loss in the history of films that had never been made,” Grazer said. “It was heartbreaking. I thought, ‘I can’t forget American Gangster and I’m gonna build a better case.'”

So, he urged Denzel to stay with the project, asked Ridley Scott to take over as director, and then went after Russell Crowe.

“I said, ‘You and (screenwriter) Steve Zaillian can work on the role and enrich it, but I need your absolute commitment.’

“I was able to reunite these guys (Crowe and his Gladiator director) on something that was an absolute no from Universal. I turned it and them around and made the movie and everybody was proud of it.”

American Gangster, based on the life of gangster Frank Lucas, was released in 2000 and went on to make over $266 million (£214 million) at the global box office from a $100 million (£80 million) budget.

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Jodie Comer in talks for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s revenge thriller

Jodie Comer is in talks to join Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in their revenge thriller The Last Duel.The Brit, who scored the Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy for her role as serial killer Villanelle in the hit TV drama Killing Eve on Sunday, is in talks to…

Jodie Comer is in talks to join Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in their revenge thriller The Last Duel.

The Brit, who scored the Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy for her role as serial killer Villanelle in the hit TV drama Killing Eve on Sunday, is in talks to join Damon and Affleck in director Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, according to Variety.

The revenge drama, set in 14th century France, will pit Affleck against Damon as former friends-turned-rivals.

Comer is slated to play the wife of one of the two characters, who accuses the other of rape. After nobody believes her allegations, her husband appeals to the King of France and requests a duel to the death to decide his former friend’s fate.

The battle was the last legally sanctioned duel in France.

Damon and Affleck, who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, have also teamed up with writer/director Nicole Holofcener to adapt the source material, Eric Jager’s 2004 book The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France, which depicts the real-life revenge story between knight Jean de Carrouges and squire Jacques Le Gris. It is currently unclear who will play which character.

The Oscar-winning duo will also produce along with Scott and his filmmaking partner Kevin Walsh, with Madison Ainsley serving as executive producer.

Although the film has not yet been greenlit, it is expected to go into production in early 2020.

The 26-year-old actress is next set to appear in the upcoming Disney/Fox comedy Free Guy opposite Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum, and Taika Waititi. It’s slated to hit cinemas in July 2020.

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