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Russell Crowe Reveals the Original 'Gladiator' Script Was 'So Bad'

Russell Crowe Reveals the Original 'Gladiator' Script Was 'So Bad'

Russell Crowe was nervous to take on his iconic role in Gladiator – because it was “so bad” at first.

The 56-year-old actor, who starred in the 2000 Academy Award-winning film, spoke to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (June 25) about the experience.

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Gladiator was a unique experience because the script that they had was so bad,” he revealed.

“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,’” he continued.

He went on to talk about the “unbelievable” legacy of the movie.

“Twenty years later people still talk about. That doesn’t happen with every movie.”

He recently shared a touching story about a cat he rescued for his mom.

Watch Russell Crowe discuss his experience…

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