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Ridley Scott Recalls The Moment He Knew He Wanted To Direct Gladiator

Ridley Scott has directed a plethora of high-profile films. From classic sci-fi hits like Alien and Blade Runner to period sagas like House of Gucci and The Last Duel, the native Brit has certainly made his mark on the entertainment industry. Scott is choosy with his scripts, but there was one historical drama that he knew he had to direct: Gladiator

Ahead of the upcoming Oscar season, Deadline caught up with Ridley Scott to take a look back at his lengthy career, and among the topics he director discussed was his past film Gladiator and the upcoming sequel that’s in the making. So what made Ridley Scott so invested in the Roman historical epic? He explained: 

First of all, I love doing period films. I love the research. I love to create sort of smells of the period. I think what we did with the first Gladiator…I don’t like being critical of other things that have happened before, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hollywood Roman epics, honestly. They felt artificial and so, when I was asked to consider a script, the script was not very good. But the person who gave it to me said, I want to show you one thing, and he picked up an illustration, this is true, it’s called For Those About to Die by Gérôme. He holds it up. It’s a picture of this big painting of the Coliseum, and in the corner there is this guy, about to tuna fork this poor bastard. He’s got this thing in his neck, and he’s looking up for permission to kill. I went, bloody hell, that’s never been done properly before. Never. I said, I’ll do it. He said you will? I said yes. Did you want to read the script? I said no, and we went off and hit the ground running around the table, and evolved the new material.

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