It’s epic film time and we damsels will always fall for the dynamic heroes as they battle for sur vival – and why not?
Ihad no idea how much Gladiator would change my life,” said Russell Crowe who has also been a hear t-throb as Robin Hood, Noah and countless other heroes. “Ridley Scott did a fantastic job as director. When I watched it for the first time I thought, did I really do that?
“I was 36 at the time and pretty fit. I tr y to keep fit as much as possible.
“I think what amazed me, apar t from winning an Oscar, was that I spent most of my time in Gladiator bruised, battered and bleeding and at best covered in sweaty grime. It wasn’t how I would appear if I was taking a lady to dinner – and yet I had a big increase in fan mail. It makes you wonder why you bother washing your hair!”
There is no doubt that Gladiator was a massive success and proved that the great epics of the big screen are still big box office.
“I think par t of the appeal is that the hero must capture the hear t of the leading lady.
“Epics are incredible – ever ything is so huge and spectacular. If you are to be a hero in a movie like that you have to be a bit of an action man and that’s me of course – I like riding motorbikes, driving fast cars and playing rock music. It’s all par t of my image – ver y impor tant!”
Russell Crowe does not seem to be taking himself seriously.
“I do like all those things but I’m no superhero,” he said. “I think if you have a tough image you are just inviting people to challenge you. If you are your normal self and people expect a rough, tough character, you feel like you might disappoint them. I like roles that challenge me. For Master and Commander I had to learn to play the violin and I loved it. For epics you need to ride a horse – which I can – handle a sword – which I also can. And one vital thing – if you are going to play someone like Gladiator, you have to have the legs for it. Two cricket stumps out of a battle tunic doesn’t quite work!”
You have to have the legs for it!