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Gladiator 2 Baboon Fight Scene Teased By Ridley Scott-TGN


  • Ridley Scott reveals that, while the SAG-AFTRA strike continues, he has been editing the 90 minutes of Gladiator 2 footage he was able to capture.
  • Included in this footage is a scene in which star Paul Mescal fights off a pack of vicious baboons.
  • Gladiator 2‘s practical production methods and story connections to the first film mean it could end up recapturing the magic of the 2000 sword-and-sandal epic.



Gladiator 2 director Ridley Scott teases that the film will include a fight scene involving baboons. Serving as a sequel to his seminal 2000 film, Gladiator 2 stars Paul Mescal as Lucius, with a story following the character years after the death of Russell Crowe’s Maximus. The film entered production in Malta earlier this year, but work halted this summer with the onset of the SAG-AFTRA strike, with filming having yet to be completed.

Now, with the Gladiator 2 release date still more than a year away, Scott reveals in a new interview with The New Yorker that, while the strike drags on, he’s been editing the 90 minutes of footage he was able to capture. Some of this footage includes Mescal’s Lucius fighting a pack of baboons, a scene partly inspired by a video that haunts Scott of baboons attacking tourists in Johannesburg. Read Scott’s comments on the animals below:

“Baboons are carnivores. Can you hang from that roof for two hours by your left leg? No! A baboon can.”

How Gladiator 2 Could Recapture The Original Movie’s Magic

Released more than 20 years ago, Gladiator remains one of Scott’s most memorable and acclaimed films, and perhaps one of the best sword-and-sandal movies ever made. Crowe’s performance as Maximus, coupled with a chilling turn from Joaquin Phoenix as villain Commodus and hard-hitting action sequences, makes the 2000 film truly special. The pressure is on, then, for the sequel to deliver.

Instead of opting for the scrapped Gladiator 2 story that would have brought Maximus back from the dead to fight in various battles throughout history, the sequel is thankfully taking a more grounded approach. With a story that focuses on Lucius, the movie already has a strong narrative connection to the first film, and this could mean that Maximus’ legacy will live on in a moving and respectful way without veering into pure fantasy.

In addition to featuring a logical continuation of the first movie’s story and tone, Gladiator 2‘s practical production methods are also a good sign. The first film relied on VFX to recreate Rome’s epic Colosseum and certain backdrops, but most of the action was grounded in real sets and stunts. Set photos have already revealed that Gladiator 2 is heavily relying on massive constructed sets for filming, which could allow the sequel to recapture the tactile feel of the original.

Source: The New Yorker

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    Gladiator 2

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    Ridley Scott

    Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechinger, Pedro Pascal

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    Action, Drama, Epic, History

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    Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Red Wagon Entertainment

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