Russell Crowe expressed a degree of discomfort regarding the ‘Gladiator’ sequel, noting, “I’m deceased, so my input is limited.”

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Actor Russell Crowe, known for his role as Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius in the original 2000 action film “Gladiator,” recently expressed reservations about the sequel currently in development.

The 60-year-old actor revealed that he wasn’t approached to join the cast of “Gladiator II” because his character died in the original movie. “I’m slightly uncomfortable with the fact they’re making another one — because, of course, I’m dead and I have no say in what gets done,” Crowe mentioned during an interview on the “Kyle Meredith With…” podcast, as reported by Deadline. “But a couple of the things I’ve heard I’m like — no, no, no, that’s not in the moral journey of that particular character. But I can’t say anything, it’s not my place.”

Reflecting on his experience with the first film and its impact on his career, Crowe added, “I reflect back: the age I was when I made that film and all the things that came after it, the doors that particular movie opened for me. This is just me being purely honest: there’s definitely a tinge of melancholy, a tinge of jealousy.”

Crowe humorously remarked, “I remember when I had tendons,” reflecting on the physical demands of the role and the passage of time since filming “Gladiator.”

Previously, the Australian actor suggested that he should receive compensation for what he sees as his unintentional promotion of the upcoming film.

In 2023, he expressed frustration, saying, “They should be paying me for the number of questions I get asked about a film I’m not even in.”

“I have nothing to do with it. In that world, I am dead. Buried. But I do admit to a certain tinge of jealousy because it reminds me of my youth and what it meant for me in my life,” Crowe continued.

“I don’t know anything about the cast, I don’t know anything about the plot. I am dead!” he reiterated. “But I do know that if Ridley [Scott] has decided to continue the story after more than 20 years, he must have had very strong reasons. I can’t imagine this film being anything less than spectacular.”

“Gladiator II” is set to premiere in theaters on November 22, 2024.