Russell Crowe is still remembered for his iconic role in the film Gladiator. The film won the most number of awards at the 73rd Academy Awards. Gladiator also grabbed the Oscar for Best Picture award. However, in a recent interview, Russell Crowe has revealed that the original screenplay for the film was really bad.
Crowe said, "Gladiator was a unique experience because the script that they had was so bad, it was just so bad. The producer didn’t know I’d actually already been able to get a copy but the thing he said is ‘I don’t want to send you the document we have because you won’t respond to it’.”
"He was so prepared and the things he was showing me and the visual images and the mathematics of how he was going to not have to build an entire Colosseum yet still shoot the Colosseum. And we just clicked on that first meeting,” he added.
In another interview with Variety Crowe said, "I’d read the script and I thought it wasn’t a movie. But then (producer Walter) Parkes said, ‘It’s 184 A.D., you’re a Roman general, and you’re going to be directed by Ridley Scott.’ And that was enough for me to want to talk to Ridley."
The actor jokingly said, “I’ve often said to Ridley since, ‘One of these days we should actually do a film where we know what we’re going to do before we start’."
Gladiator writer Franzoni also said, “We’d all drink whiskey and smoke cigars. We’d exchange notes and ideas. Then I’d go back and write at 3 or 4 in the morning and I’d hand the pages to Ridley."