Gladiator turns 20 today (Picture: Universal/Getty Images)
It has somehow already been 20 years since the iconic Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator was released and captured the entire world.
Directed by Sir Ridley Scott, the film starred Russell Crowe as gladiator Maximus, who goes through a story of betrayal when the king’s son kills his own father and takes over the throne.
Spoiler alert! Just kidding.. it’s been two decades, guys. Keep up.
Maximus is forced to fight in the gladiator arena (aah, the good ol’ days) to regain his honour and we’re not sure we’re over it yet.
Now that it’s the film’s anniversary – it first debuted in cinemas in the US on 1 May 2000 – we’ve taken a look at what the cast are upto now. See how things have changed…
Russell Crowe played Maximus (Picture: Getty/Universal Pictures)
Come on, now. It’s Russell Crowe (Maximus Decimus Meridius). His role was meant to go to Mel Gibson but thank the film gods he turned that down as Russell had only recently garnered critical acclaim for his role in The Insider in 1999.
The 20 years that came after were chock-full of incredible roles and amazing vocals. From 2001’s A Beautiful Mind and 2007’s American Gangster to 2010’s Robin Hood and fan favourite The Nice Guys.
The 56-year-old has enjoyed hit after hit and even blew our minds with his musical role as Inspector Javert in Les Misérables. He has also bagged several awards including a BAFTA, an Oscar, two Golden Globes and endless critic awards.
He was also married to actress Danielle Spencer between 2003 and 2018 and share two sons Charles and Tennyson.
Joaquin Phoenix played Commodus (Picture: Getty/Universal Pictures)
Joaquin Phoenix starred as Commodus, the prince who murdered his own father to take over reign over the Roman Empire. The star was always one to watch with his intense persona and phenomenal acting skills.
The star recently took the film world by storm in his role as the titular character in Joker, receiving more tha 15 awards for his perfect portrayal of the DC villain including, of course, the Oscar for best actor.
However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing as Joaquin took a role where he attempted a rap career in I’m Still Here.
When he’s not busy being an absolute star known for Her, The Master and Inherent Vice, he’s out and about being an environmental and animal rights activist.
Connie Nielsen played Lucilla (Picture: Getty/Universal Pictures)
Connie Nielson played sister of Commodus and ex-lover of Maximus Lucilla, a strong woman fighting against Commodus’ wrath.
Speaking of her role as a woman in a male-dominated film, Connie previously told Refinery29: ‘I will say that Ridley Scott really likes women, and really likes strong women. You can tell. I felt very comfortable when I did Gladiator being that strong woman.’
She went on to star in 2002’s One Hour Photo and 2005’s The Ice Harvest.
The 54-year-old joined the DC Comic Universe when she was chosen as Queen Hippolyta in Wonder Woman and Justice League.
From 2004 to 2012, Connie dated Metallica drummer and fellow Dane Lars Ulrich and have one son together, Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen.
Sir Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi played Senator Gracchus (Picture: Getty/Universal Pictures)
Sir Derek Jacobi was already a bona fide acting legend and a veteran theatre star long before playing the role of Senator Gracchus, a man openly opposing Commodus.
In March 2006, four months after civil partnerships were introduced in the UK, Sir Derek registered his civil partnership with theatre director Richard Clifford, his partner of 30 years (at the time).
The 81-year-old shows no sign of retiring as he recently starred in this year’s Come Away, after roles in Tolkien, Tomb Raider and Murder on the Orient Express.
But obviously his extensive decades-long career also includes many other major roles, such as his Tony Award-winning performance in Much Ado About Nothing on Broadway.
On TV, he has had several top moments, including starring in the titular role in medieval drama series Cadfael, and in the critically-acclaimed TV series I, Claudius.
Djimon Hounsou played as Juba (Picture: Getty/Universal Pictures)
Former model Djimon Hounsou appeared in music videos with Janet Jackson and Paula Abdula before starring as Juba, a Numidian tribesman sold into slavery and becomes Maximus’ closest ally.
The star dated former model Kimora Lee Simmons for a few years before splitting in 2012, sharing one son together.
He joined the Marvel universe as Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel.
Spencer Treat Clark
Spencer Treat Clark played Lucius (Picture: Getty/Universal Pictures)
Spencer Treat Clark starred as Lucius Verus, the son of Lucilla. He landed quite a few great films as a child actor, including Arlington Road and Double Jeopardy.
Spencer graduated from Columbia University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics.
He’s 32 now, and starred in M Night Shyamalan’s Glass and The Last Exorcism Part II.
Richard Harris and Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed (left) and Richard Harris (Picture: Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images/Keystone)
Oliver Reed starred as Antonius Proximo: an old, gruff gladiator trainer who buys Maximus in North Africa.
He played alongside Richard Harris (who played the old and wise emperor of Rome who appoints Maximus), an actor Oliver admired on and off-screen.
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Oliver sadly died from a heart attack during a break from filming the movie in Malta in May 1999.
Richard, on the other hand, passed away at the 72 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in August 2002 and being hospitalised with pneumonia.
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