You will probably never see this famous Gladiator scene like before! In an interview for Empire magazine (spotted by Digital spy), Russell Crowe returns to the behind the scenes of a key scene located in the middle of the peplum of Ridley Scott.
“My name is Maximus Desimus Meridius, commander-in-chief of the armies of the north, general of the Félix legions, faithful servant of the true emperor Marc Aurèle. Father of a murdered son, husband of a murdered woman, and I will have my revenge in this life or the next. ” A strong scene of crucial importance, which could have been ruined simply because of a helmet and … static electricity!
The director did a lot of close-ups, cutting off the top of the character’s head to get around the problem: “The helmet was full of static electricity, remembers Russell Crowe in Empire, and each time I removed it, the hair above my head stood up. I tried by removing it slowly or quickly, but each time the hair stood up like a ***** of Teletubby! So Ridley Scott solved the problem by making very close-ups, when I turn to Commodus, we just see my chin or my forehead and without seeing my Teletubby hair twirling!“