Actor Russell Crowe has said that the first script he read for his Oscar-winning film Gladiator was ‘so bad’. Crowe won an Academy Award for his performance, as a broad Roman general forced a fight in a gladiatorial competition.
On a show with Jimmy Fallon tonight, the actor said, “Gladiator was a unique experience because the script they had was so bad, it was just so bad.” “The producer didn’t know that I could actually get a copy already, but the thing he said is’ I don’t want to send you the documents we have, because you won’t answer it.”
Crowe said he was convinced to sign by director Ridley Scott, who had the imagination of the film in his head. “He was very prepared and the things that he was showing me and the visual picture and the math of how he wasn’t going to build the whole colosseum, is still shooting the colosseum. And we just had that first meeting. Click, ”Crowe said.
This is not the first time the actor has spoken about the shortcomings of the screenplay, which ended with an Academy Award nomination for writers David Franzoni, John Logan and William Nicholson. For Variety, Crowe said, “I will read the script and I thought it was not a film. But then (producer Walter) Parks said, ‘It’s 184 AD, you’re a Roman general, and you’re going to be directed by Ridley Scott.’ And it was enough for me that I wanted to talk to Ridley. “
According to Variety, Scott and Crowe will work with the writers to write the screenplay even after making the film’s debut. “I have often said to Ridley, ‘One of these days we really should do a film where we know what we’re going to do before we start,” Crowe joked.
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Writer Franzoni said, “We all drank whiskey and smoke cigars. We will exchange notes and thoughts. Then I would go back and write at 3 or 4 in the morning and I would hand the page over to Ridley. “
Gladiator garnered 12 Oscar nominations and grossed over $ 300 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2000.
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