The script would have opened with a group of dying Roman gods reincarnating Maximus, who returns to Rome to defend his son Marius and his Christian companions against the Decian persecution. The name Maximus Decimus Meridius, it just flowed well. [94] Initial reviews of the Blu-ray Disc release criticized poor image quality, leading many to call for it to be remastered, as Sony did with The Fifth Element in 2007. [95] A remastered version was later released in 2010. The complex was serviced by tented "costume villages" that had changing rooms, storage, armorers, and other facilities. A Spaniard of humble origin, Maximus commanded the Roman troops in Britain against the Picts and Scots. The DVD is also notable for having a new commentary track featuring director Scott and star Crowe. Rimski general Maximus Decimus Meridius je poveljnik rimske vojske na severni meji rimskega cesarstva, kjer zabeleži pomembno zmago v vojni proti barbarskim germanskim plemenom. Scott also stated that due to the influence of previous films affecting the public perception of what ancient Rome was like, some historical facts were "too unbelievable" to include. Emperor Marcus Aurelius tells Maximus that his own son, Commodus, is unfit to rule, and that he wishes Maximus to succeed him, as regent, to help save Rome from corruption and restore the Roman Republic. Scott noted that a tale of corruption in Rome was too complex, whereas Gladiator worked due to its simple drive. You play a Roman General.' He is found by slavers who take him to the city of Zucchabar in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis, where he is sold to a gladiator trainer named Proximo. [109], Geier, Thom; Jensen, Jeff; Jordan, Tina; Lyons, Margaret; Markovitz, Adam; Nashawaty, Chris; Pastorek, Whitney; Rice, Lynette; Rottenberg, Josh; Schwartz, Missy; Slezak, Michael; Snierson, Dan; Stack, Tim; Stroup, Kate; Tucker, Ken; Vary, Adam B.; Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Ward, Kate (December 11, 2009), "The 100 Greatest Movies, TV shows, Albums, Books, Characters, Scenes, Episodes, Songs, Dresses, Music vidos, and Trends that entertained us over the past". [86], The Cicero biography Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician and Gregory Hays's translation of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations received large spikes in sales after the release of the film. Maximus Decimus Meridius. Unexpectedly, Maximus leads his side to victory, and Commodus enters the Colosseum to offer his congratulations. In 2003, Chicago became another Best Picture winner which didn't win an Academy Award in either of these two major categories. Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional Hispanic-Roman general and the protagonist of the 2000 film Gladiator.. Maximus is an accomplished general, and a close friend of the aging emperor Marcus Aurelius.While Aurelius and Maximus are on campaign in Germania, Aurelius tells Maximus that his son, Commodus, is unfit to succeed him as emperor, and that he wishes Maximus to be his heir instead. https://gladiator2000.fandom.com/wiki/Maximus_Decimus_Meridius?oldid=4746. In the course of Fall of the Roman Empire Commodus unsuccessfully seeks to win Livius over to his vision of empire in contrast to that of his father, but continues to employ him notwithstanding; in Gladiator, when Commodus fails to secure Maximus's allegiance, he executes Maximus's wife and son and tries unsuccessfully to execute him. [69][70], On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 77% based on 199 reviews, with an average rating of 7.32/10. "[32] The film is dedicated to Reed's memory. [29], British post-production company The Mill was responsible for much of the computer-generated imagery effects that were added after filming. "[71] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 46 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". This is anachronistic in that the horse-mounted forces of the Roman army used a two-horned saddle, without stirrups. Commodus threatens Lucilla and Lucius, and has the Praetorian Guard arrest Gracchus and attack the gladiators' barracks. All we did was help him finish it. [99] Ridley Scott expressed interest, although he admitted the project would have to be retitled as it had little to do with gladiators. Commodus proclaims himself the new emperor and asks Maximus for his loyalty, but Maximus refuses. [24] Finally, the scenes of Ancient Rome were shot over a period of nineteen weeks in Fort Ricasoli, Malta. Maximus will escape Rome, join his soldiers, topple Commodus by force, and hand power back to the Roman Senate. Toponymes. Commodus then produces a hidden knife and attempts to stab Maximus, but Maximus gains the upper hand, using the knife to fatally stab Commodus in the throat. I actually didn't know what the scenes were gonna be. They also used 2,000 live actors to create a computer-generated crowd of 35,000 virtual actors that had to look believable and react to fight scenes. [107], In June 2019, Parkes and MacDonald confirmed that the sequel was still in development with Scott and Craig, saying, "We're working with Ridley Scott, that's one we wouldn't touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate. Entertainment Weekly. Maximus buries his wife and son, then collapses from his injuries. [12] Russell Crowe describes being eager for the role as pitched by Parkes, in his interview for Inside the Actors Studio: "They said, 'It's a 100-million-dollar film. In 2006, Scott stated he and Crowe approached Nick Cave to rewrite the film, but their ideas conflicted with DreamWorks's idea of a spin-off involving Lucius, whom Scott revealed would turn out to be Maximus's son with Lucilla. [93] Russell Crowe attended a ceremony to mark the creation of the stamps.[93]. [21] Scott and cinematographer John Mathieson used multiple cameras filming at various frame rates and a 45-degree shutter, creating stop motion effects in the action sequences, similar to techniques used for the battle sequences of Saving Private Ryan (1998). Commodus reigned for over twelve years, unlike the shorter period portrayed in the film. "[15] Crowe described the script situation: "I read the script and it was substantially underdone. Maximus refused to kill Tigris, and spared the Gladiator's life. Although the film is set within the 2nd century AD, the Imperial Gallic armor and the helmets worn by the legionaries are from AD 75, a century earlier. The film's plot was influenced by two 1960s Hollywood films of the sword-and-sandal genre, The Fall of the Roman Empire and Spartacus,[58] and shares several plot points with The Fall of the Roman Empire, which tells the story of Livius, who, like Maximus in Gladiator, is Marcus Aurelius's intended successor. He won the crowd as "Maximus the Merciful" which angered Commodus. Marcus Nonius Macrinus was a Roman general and statesman fl. This was superseded by new designs in AD 100. Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the 2000 epic historical film Gladiator. Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional Hispanic-Roman general and the protagonist of the 2000 film Gladiator. And this is how things like, 'Strength and honor,' came up. Gladiator premiered in Los Angeles on May 1, 2000, and was released theatrically in the United States on May 5 and in the United Kingdom on May 11. [68] It remained number one in its second weekend grossing $24.6 million, and dropped to third place in its third weekend with $19.7 million behind newcomers Dinosaur, Mission: Impossible 2 and Shanghai Noon. Due to Academy rules, only Hans Zimmer was officially nominated for Best Original Score, and not Lisa Gerrard at the time. It also received four BAFTA Awards at the 54th British Academy Film Awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Editing. Livius is in love with Lucilla and seeks to marry her while Maximus, who is happily married, was formerly in love with her. The film's depiction of Commodus's entry into Rome borrows imagery from Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will (1935), although Scott has pointed out that the iconography of Nazi rallies was itself inspired by the Roman Empire. Inspired by Daniel P. Mannix's 1958 book Those About to Die (formerly titled The Way of the Gladiator), the film's script, initially written by Franzoni, was acquired by DreamWorks and Ridley Scott signed on to direct the film. "[12] The screenplay faced many rewrites and revisions, with several actors providing changes. Maximus Decimus Meridius, général romain renommé, mène une nouvelle fois les légions de l'empereur Marc Aurèle à la victoire en ce jour de bataille en pays germanique.L'empereur, sentant sa fin proche, annonce le soir même en privé à Maximus qu'il souhaite lui laisser le pouvoir à sa mort, pour qu'il puisse le transmettre au Sénat et que Rome devienne à nouveau une République. They were reserved primarily for sieges and were rarely used in open battles. He came to international attention for his role as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, After initial success in Australia, Crowe began acting in American films. Both films portray the death of Marcus Aurelius as an assassination. Maximus is captured at the rendezvous with Cicero, where the latter is killed. But at the dawn of the new millennium, I thought this might be the ideal time to revisit what may have been the most important period of the last two thousand years – if not all recorded history – the apex and beginning of the decline of the greatest military and political power the world has ever known."[59]. According to a DreamWorks executive, Crowe "tried to rewrite the entire script on the spot. Not a classical scholar, Franzoni was inspired by Daniel P. Mannix's 1958 novel Those About to Die, and he chose to base his story on Commodus after reading the Augustan History. The legions' standard bearers (Aquilifer), centurions, mounted forces, and auxiliaries would have worn scale armour, lorica squamata. The website's critical consensus reads, "Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladiatorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, with praise for the acting (particularly Crowe's and Phoenix's performances), Scott's direction, visuals, screenplay, action sequences, musical score and the production values. King Leonidas is strolling in a meadow when he sees General Maximus Decimus Meridius brandishing Roman weaponry. [32][33] Visual effects supervisor John Nelson reflected on the decision to include the additional footage: "What we did was small compared to our other tasks on the film. [25][26], In Malta, a replica of about one-third of Rome's Colosseum was built, to a height of 52 feet (15.8 meters), mostly from plaster and plywood (the other two-thirds and remaining height were added digitally). Leonidas tells Meridius to back off and choose a different route. And not for more Roman screen colossals, but for writing that is serious or fun or both. Maximus Decimus Meridius (his full name is stated only once in the film) is a fictitious character! Crowe portrays Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed when Commodus, the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, murders his father and seizes the throne. Gladiator reflects back on the film by duplicating similar events that occurred in Adolf Hitler's procession. He has earned the favor of Marcus Aurelius, and the love and admiration of Lucilla prior to the events of the film. For instance in an early version of the script, gladiators would have been carrying out product endorsements in the arena; while this would have been historically accurate, it was not filmed for fear that audiences would think it anachronistic. Since its release, Gladiator has also been credited with reinventing the swords and sandals genre and rekindling interest in entertainment centered around ancient Greek and ancient Roman culture such as the television series Rome. Maximus was captured by a band of drifting thieves while asleep. rubbish. He kills his captors, although not without injury, and rides for his home near Trujillo, where he finds his home destroyed and his family murdered. We had, I think, one American writer working on it, one English writer working on it, and of course a group of producers who were also adding their ideas, and then Ridley himself; and then, on the occasion where Ridley would say, 'Look, this is the structure for it – what are you gonna say in that?' [19], The film was shot in three main locations between January and May 1999. "[82], Gladiator was nominated in 36 individual ceremonies, including the 73rd Academy Awards, the BAFTA Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards. Some of the soldiers wear fantasy helmets. [87] The gladiator arena set piece from the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, which entered production shortly after the release of Gladiator, has been compared to the arena setting in the Scott film. [20] When Scott learned that the Forestry Commission planned to remove a section of the forest, he persuaded them to allow the battle scene to be shot there and burn it down. However, Scott felt Franzoni's dialogue was too "on the nose" (lacking subtlety) and hired John Logan to rewrite the script to his liking. Yet in this case, it's the movies – most recently Gladiator two years ago – that have created the interest in the ancients. She was first exiled to the island of, In the film the character Antonius Proximo claims "the wise" Marcus Aurelius banned gladiatorial games in Rome forcing him to move to, In real life, the death of Commodus did not result in a peace for Rome, nor a return to the Roman Republic.