It's been 17 years since Gladiator transcended the action genre and won the Best Picture Oscar, Best Actor Oscar and three other Academy Awards. Maximus and his incredible story won big, but you may be surprised to find out what has happened to some of the cast since the film was released. While we've all kept up pretty well with Russell Crowe, some of the others have gone on to do rather surprising things.
#RussellCrowe was already a major Hollywood A-Lister by the time #Gladiator hit screens and delivered him a Best Actor Oscar. Since then, he's gone on to do more fine projects on his way to close out a spectacular career. Since 2000 he's been in: A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander, Robin Hood, The Next Three Days, Les Miserables, Man of Steel, Noah, The Water Diviner and The Nice Guys. Right now, he's in cinemas as Dr. Henry Jekyll in The Mummy, helping expand the Dark Universe before it's hardly even begun.
Again, Phoenix already had a pretty interesting and full career by the time he took on the role of Commodus in Gladiator, but that hasn't stopped him from continuing to make waves in and out of Hollywood since. He's appeared in Signs, Brother Bear, Hotel Rwanda, Ladder 49, The Master and Her. While he hasn't done a lot of roles similar to his one in Gladiator, he has certainly continued to show variety in his successful career.
The height of Connie Nielsen's leading lady stardom was around the time of Gladiator, but she's also managed to regain success recently, first with roles in The Good Wife and The Following, and even more recently as Queen Hippolyta in Wonder Woman. She's currently got a host of projects lined up, including reprising the role of Hippolyta in Justice League.
Richard Harris sadly passed away just a few short years after the filming as Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator, but before that he managed to top off a fantastic career with the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, as well as appearing in the film adaption of The Count of Monte Christo. Harris was unfortunately taken too soon and was unable to finish the Harry Potter series.
After appearing as Gracchus in Gladiator, Jacobi went on to more TV work, including the miniseries The Jury and as super villain The Master in Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka. He also was knighted, appeared in Underworld: Evolution, The Golden Compass, The Kings Speech, My Week With Marilyn and even the live-action Cinderella. Quite a storied career, Jacobi is still going strong and will appear in the Murder on the Orient Express reboot set for release in December.
Djimon Hounsou just seems evil right? Not like in real life I'm sure, but every time I see him on screen I'm expecting him to be evil, even if he is clearly a good guy. After his appearance as fellow fighter Juba (not a villainous role at all) he went on to huge roles in films like Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy, Constantine, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Furious 7. He's a major blockbuster star now and has a number of films lined up, including How to Train Your Dragon 3 and drama/thriller Serenity.
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Who was your favorite character in Gladiator?