Die Schau spult den aus heutiger Sicht makabren Ablauf eines Tages in der Arena ab und stellt die wichtigsten römischen Gladiatoren mit ihrer Ausrüstung und. Betreten Sie das Kolosseum ohne Anstehen durch das Gladiatoren-Tor. Besichtigen Sie das Amphitheater mit Ihrem Guide, bevor Sie das Forum Romanum und. Wer war ein Gladiator? Gladiatoren waren Männer (ganz selten auch mal Frauen), die in einer Arena kämpften. Das Publikum wurde so unterhalten. Statt ins.
Konto erstellenGladiatoren waren Superstars der Arena und hatten im Gegensatz zur Arena über Ridley Scotts Oscar-gekrönten Film „Gladiator“ () bis. Betreten Sie das Kolosseum ohne Anstehen durch das Gladiatoren-Tor. Besichtigen Sie das Amphitheater mit Ihrem Guide, bevor Sie das Forum Romanum und. Die Schau spult den aus heutiger Sicht makabren Ablauf eines Tages in der Arena ab und stellt die wichtigsten römischen Gladiatoren mit ihrer Ausrüstung und.
Five tigers were brought in for the scene in the arena where Maximus fights Tigris the Gaul. A veterinarian armed with tranquilizer darts was present the entire time.
For safety's sake, Russell Crowe was kept at least fifteen feet away from the tigers. Joaquin Phoenix ad-libbed his scream of "Am I not merciful?
Maximus' description of his home, specifically how the kitchen is arranged and smells in the morning and at night, was ad-libbed.
It's a description of Russell Crowe 's own home in Australia. Oliver Reed Proximo died three weeks before principal photography ended.
However, most of the actors and crew were exhausted from the punishing schedule, and Ridley Scott did not want to cut Reed from the movie. The script was re-written, a body double and CGI were used to give Reed's character a plausible resolution.
Hans Zimmer 's score is one of the bestselling movie soundtracks of all time. Connie Nielsen found the 2,year-old signet ring she wears in the movie in an antique store.
The wounds on Russell Crowe 's face after the opening battle scene are real, caused when his horse startled and backed him into tree branches.
The stitches in his cheek are clearly visible when he is telling Commodus he intends to return home.
Mel Gibson was offered the lead role. He turned it down. At forty-three, he felt he was too old to play Maximus.
Russell Crowe became good friends with Sir Richard Harris during filming, a friendship that unfortunately lasted only a few years until Harris' death in Oliver Reed , on the other hand, took an instant dislike to Crowe, despite Reed being good friends with Harris.
At one point, Reed even challenged Crowe to a fight. This is Russell Crowe 's favorite of the American movies that he has done. He also cites Maximus as his favorite character that he's played so far.
Originally, Maximus was supposed to fight Proximo in the Colosseum after being captured, probably as a penultimate blow from Commodus.
Oliver Reed 's death forced a re-write. It is a common misconception that a Roman emperor put his thumb upwards to signify that a gladiator was to be spared, whereas thumb down meant that there would be no mercy for a downed gladiator.
In reality, this gesturing was the other way around: thumb up symbolized a sword action and thus death , and thumb down a sheathed sword mercy.
The crew was aware of this while making the movie, but since "thumbs up" is considered to be a good sign nowadays, they decided not to unnecessarily confuse the audience.
He intended to create a more realistic vision of ancient Rome. Although Commodus was initially favored by the Roman people, he lost that status through dramatic acts of megalomania, and is often considered the initiator of the fall of Rome.
During his reign, he incorporated his name into many common terms, such as the terms for money and the people.
Eventually, the citizens and the Senate had enough, and he was poisoned. When he vomited out the poison, he was strangled. Afterward, the Senate returned the language to what it had been before Commodus, and took down the many statues of himself he'd put up.
The opening battle scene was filmed in Bourne Woods, Surrey, England. The Royal Forestry Commission had originally slated the area for deforestation, so Ridley Scott eagerly offered them his facilities to burn the woods to the ground.
The Commission happily accepted. Joaquin Phoenix was always Ridley Scott 's first choice to play Commodus. This was one of the main slogans of Rome throughout its history as well as today, manhole covers et cetera.
Many of the animals were loaned to the production from the zoo in Rabat, Morocco, as a way of getting around the country's strict animal importation rules.
Over the course of the gladiatorial scenes, Russell Crowe lost all feeling in his right forefinger for two years after a sword fight, aggravated an Achilles tendon injury, broke a foot bone, cracked a hip bone, and popped a few bicep tendons out of their sockets.
For the crowd scenes in the Colosseum, in addition to the real-life extras and the digital ones, four hundred cardboard cut-outs of spectators were also used.
William Nicholson had thought that his time on the movie was over when he returned home to England, only to receive a phone call almost immediately, telling him that Oliver Reed had just died, and that he needed to return to Malta to re-work the script.
Nicholson jumped on the first plane out. You're being directed by Ridley Scott. You play a Roman General. The Germania battle sequence took twenty days to complete.
In the iconic shot of Maximus' hand brushing the stalks of wheat, the hand actually belongs to Russell Crowe 's stunt double, Stuart Clark credited as Stuart Clarke.
A surprising fount of information in terms of Roman history was Connie Nielsen , who has always been fascinated by the period. She would be frequently consulted over accurate historical details.
The blur effect that appears halfway through the war scene between Maximus' Army and the Germanic tribes was not originally intended. The scene was shot in the early evening, but continued too long, and the light was drastically diminished.
In order to keep the continuity of the scene's lighting, and avoid shooting another day on the location, director of photography John Mathieson chose instead to shoot the scenes with a very low frame rate.
To compensate for the loss of frames, the frames that were shot were duplicated several times in post-production, and edited into the film in a way that made the switch look natural.
Costume designer Janty Yates and her team created more than 10, costumes for the cast and extras. On visiting the real Colosseum, Ridley Scott remarked to production designer Arthur Max that it was "too small", so they designed an outsized "Rome of the imagination", which was inspired by English and French romantic painters, as well as Nazi architect Albert Speer.
Russell Crowe began shooting this movie a few months after The Insider wrapped. He'd gained more than forty pounds for his previous movie, and lost it all before this one.
He claims he did nothing special, besides normal work on his Australian farm. Editor Pietro Scalia added the shot of Maximus moving through a wheat field to the beginning of the movie.
It had been filmed for the ending. Like modern day athletes, ancient Roman gladiators did product endorsements. The producers considered including this in the script, but discarded the idea as unbelievable.
Maximus' pet wolf is played by Kyte, a female Tervuren Belgian Shepherd. The production couldn't use real wolves because England's strict anti-rabies laws prevented them from importing wolves.
Kyte also appeared in the British soap opera EastEnders for seven years, as a male Tervuren named Wellard.
Oliver Reed 's main motivation for taking the part of Proximo was because he fancied a "free trip to London to see a couple of shows.
Giannina Facio the wife of Maximus married Ridley Scott , in Joaquin Phoenix was incredibly nervous on-set, and would ask Russell Crowe to rough him up before their big scene together, so he could psyche himself up.
Crowe was at a loss, and went to Sir Richard Harris for advice. Harris thought for a while and then replied, "Let's get him pissed".
Over the course of several hours, and several pints of Guinness later, Crowe and Harris relaxed their co-star.
Oliver Reed was asked to read for the part of Proximo, something he always refused to do. However, as he sensed that this was a great opportunity, Reed relented his usual rule, and read for Ridley Scott.
The tigers enter the arena via trap doors in the wooden floor. In addition, there is at least one shot of the gladiators rising up to the floor via a kind of elevator.
Both elevators operated by winch and pulley and trapdoors were actually used at the Colosseum in Rome. Due to Academy regulations at the time, co-composer Lisa Gerrard was denied an Oscar nomination while Hans Zimmer received one, which created a huge controversy over the Academy's snubbing of Gerrard from the nomination.
Over 27, pieces of armor were made specially for this movie. The production used up all the plaster on the island of Malta, where they were filming, so more supplies had to be shipped in.
Oliver Reed insisted to Ridley Scott that his life was his own after five o'clock. Scott readily agreed to that. A central part of this movie's main battle theme was re-used nearly identically in the famous score of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Russell Crowe was continually unhappy with the screenplay, re-writing much of it to suit his own ends.
He would frequently walk off the set if he didn't get his way. The famous line "And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
He said the speech anyway, because he was unable to ad-lib anything better. Nicholson said, "In his defense, my lines probably were garbage.
Luciano Pavarotti was asked to perform on the soundtrack and turned down the opportunity, something he later regretted. David Hemmings ' pointed eyebrows were his own.
This movie was intended as a comeback role for Oliver Reed in character roles. However, the actor died during filming.
Some critics felt it was his only notable movie since The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Then Commodus asks Lucius, "Or was it Hercules?
A replica of about one third of Rome's Colosseum was built in Malta, to a height of fifty-two feet, mostly from plaster and plywood.
The remainder of the building was added in digitally. Over 20, arrows were created for the opening battle in Germania.
Hans Zimmer originally wanted Israeli vocalist Ofra Haza to provide the background vocals to his score, having worked successfully with her on The Prince of Egypt However, she died unexpectedly in , of A.
Scott further mentions that it could also denote a kind of good luck charm or talisman that Maximus uses to evade death. It also relates to the fact that Maximus, who is a farmer, tries to remember his farming life and wife and child every time he picks up a piece of the earth.
While looking at the dailies, Ridley Scott noticed that Joaquin Phoenix was gaining weight. Scott spoke to the line producer about it, who then went to Phoenix and told him, "Ridley says you're fat.
I thought it was the right thing to do. I'm the Emperor of Rome, why would I not look a little more debauched? In the Colosseum scenes, only the bottom two decks are actually filled with people.
The other thousands of people are computer animated or are cardboard cut-outs. The real-life Commodus was born to a mother who was rumored to have either slept with a Gladiator or had bathed in the blood of one.
Many took the myth as legend, believing that such led to the resulting "Gladiator Emperor". In the original drafts of the script, the name of the main character was not Maximus, but Narcissus, the name of the man who killed Commodus in real life.
Sir Richard Harris would frequently ignore any newly re-written scenes, as he couldn't be bothered to relearn his lines. During the opening battle, we see Roman soldiers marching to meet the barbarians in open combat with their pilas javelins in hand as if they were spears.
In reality, they were thrown at the enemy before the two sides would meet. Pila plural for pilum were too fragile to be used as spears, because the main tip was designed to break and bend after contact, to disallow the enemy to throw them back at the legionnaires.
Franzoni later discussed the idea with Steven Spielberg during their work on Amistad , saying that he envisioned Commodus as being something like Ted Turner , in the way he combined politics and entertainment to establish a base of influence.
The short sword used by the Roman army, the Gladius Hispaniensis, is seen being used by many gladiators in the movie.
The version used in the arena in the movie is accurate as depicted. It was often shorter than the military version. The use of the gladius is actually the source of the word "gladiator".
In Latin, Gladius was also a common word for penis. Equally, the word vagina originally meant "sheath".
Ridley Scott and cinematographer John Mathieson used multiple cameras filming at various frame rates and a forty-five-degree shutter, creating stop-motion effects in the action sequences, similar to techniques used for the battle sequences of Saving Private Ryan In an example of "translation convention", all characters in the movie speak modern languages: English for the most part, but also Italian Maximus' son , German the Barbarian chief before the battle and even Zulu the ancient Germanic war chant.
Russell Crowe even wanted to go one step further, and speak his lines imitating Antonio Banderas ' accent, in order to show Maximus' non-Italic origins, but Ridley Scott disapproved the idea.
Various historians have tried to find proof that the awning in the Colosseum really was used as a cooling system. Coins and other images of the amphitheater have been found showing a canopy system.
One of those designs appears to be the inspiration for the canopy system seen in this movie. Lou Ferrigno was originally cast as Tigris of Gaul, but was replaced during production by Sven-Ole Thorsen , who had been lobbying hard for the part.
Sven-Ole Thorsen not only played Tigris the Gaul, but doubled as one of the spectators during that same battle. Though dozens of versions of the script were written, the original one hundred thirty page draft, dated October by David Franzoni , is "different in almost every detail from the finished movie.
Cohen in his book "Screen Plays". The real Lucius Verus, who is portrayed as a young kid in the movie, was the son of Marcus Aurelius' adopted brother, and died eight years into his reign.
Commodus' selection as Caesar was made when he was five-years-old, and coins were made with his likeness on it.
It was Michael Winner who persuaded Oliver Reed to audition for this movie. While working on their last collaboration, Parting Shots , Reed complained, "I can't believe it, Ridley Scott wants me to go and read for him.
But I'm a star. You're not a fucking star. You're out of work, and you're not old enough to retire, so you need a third act to your career.
Obviously, they think if you're working with me, you can't be as drunk as people think you are. So go to Ridley and read.
End of story, Oliver, and if he wants you to read twice, read twice. The character of Maximus is fictional, although in some respects, he resembles the historical figures Narcissus Commodus' real-life murderer, and the character's name in the first draft of the screenplay , Spartacus who led a significant slave revolt , Cincinnatus a farmer, who became dictator, saved Rome from invasion, then resigned his six-month appointment after fifteen days , and Marcus Nonius Macrinus a trusted General, Consul in A.
Silver was the name of the horse ridden by the Lone Ranger, and Trigger was the name of the horse ridden by Roy Rogers. This remains their prison while in Rome.
This Ludus meaning gladiator school or training facility was a real place, and its ruins can be seen today, just east of the Colosseum in Rome. It was connected to the underground warrens beneath the arena of the Colosseum by a tunnel.
Hugh Jackman was considered for the role of Maximus. Ridley Scott claimed that the opening moments of Maximus pondering a bird before the battle was simply improvised between he and Russell Crowe on a day in which they needed to film a moment introducing Maximus before the battle, but they had no scripted dialogue.
Temperatures in the gladiator arena would frequently top one hundred degrees Fahrenheit thirty-eight degrees Celsius.
This movie started shooting without a locked screenplay in place. According to Russell Crowe , the initial draft was so bad that when he was approached for the lead role, not even the producer wanted to send him a copy, afraid that he "[wouldn't] respond to it".
Crowe was instead urged to meet with director Ridley Scott first. Unbeknowst to the producer, Crowe had already obtained a copy of the script and disliked it, but was won over by Scott's take on the project, as well as countless re-writes.
Russell Crowe 's depiction of Maximus has been commemorated in Australia on an official stamp. Jude Law was considered for the role of Commodus.
After finishing his college education, David Franzoni spent a year travelling around the world. During his adventures, he would run into networks of international travellers, who would get together and trade books that they had read on the road.
Screenwriter William Nicholson added the aspects of the movie in which Maximus discusses the afterlife, seeking to make the character more accessible to audiences.
While Cicero Tommy Flanagan is waiting to talk to Lucilla Connie Nielsen outside the Colosseum, he can be seen standing next to the giant foot of a statue.
The foot also appears in a deleted scene with Proximo Oliver Reed. Although the rest of the statue isn't seen, given the size of the foot, the statue itself is most likely the Colossus of Nero, a ninety-eight-foot thirty meter bronze statue that Emperor Nero had erected in his own likeness.
It is interesting to know that the statue did not always stand next to the Colosseum. It had been moved there years after its creation, and was probably the reason for the stadium to be nicknamed "Colosseum" which was officially known as the Flavian Amphitheater.
Years later, the real emperor Commodus had the statue changed to himself as Hercules by replacing the head, but it was restored after his death. The statue itself was most likely destroyed and pillaged during earthquakes or Barbarian invasions, with only the pedestal remaining.
The rest of the statue isn't seen in the movie, probably because no accurate visual depictions of the statue have survived.
Initially, Russell Crowe had no interest in reading the script, as he was in the midst of working on The Insider , and was completely focused on his portrayal of Jeffrey Wigand.
He was eventually persuaded otherwise by Insider director Michael Mann , who passed him the script, and told him he ought "to take this Ridley Scott thing a bit more seriously.
Twenty-four chariots were built for the movie, although only six appear on-screen. This movie is credited with sparking a revival in big historical epics.
In the the years after its release, we have been given movies like Troy , King Arthur , Alexander , , Noah , Kingdom of Heaven , Robin Hood , and Exodus: Gods and Kings , the last three having been directed by Ridley Scott.
Contrary to rumor, Enya didn't record any music for the soundtrack of this movie. The song simply sounds like something she would have recorded.
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