Gladiator star Russell Crowe reacts to a unique tribute to his performance in the film, which is made out of a surprising substance. The epic historical drama follows Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius, a Roman general framed for murder who is forced to fight as a gladiator while seeking vengeance for his family’s deaths. Since its release in 2000, the film has remained a classic historical action movie.

Now, Russell Crowe has praised a statue of Maximus from Gladiator made in his image – and made entirely out of chocolate.

The statue was created by artist Tiziano Cassar for the Hamrun Chocolate Festival in Malta. Crowe praises the statue for being unique, saying it will be available to eat following a competition during the celebration.

It’s no surprise the historical epic continues to be recognized, especially the character of Maximus. The movie, which was directed by Ridley Scott of Alien fame, seeks to balance an emotional tale of revenge with blood-soaked action. Using the Roman Empire as its setting, the film highlights his quest for vengeance against Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) through his time as a gladiator.

The movie has also been analyzed for its many themes throughout its history, such as how it portrays violence and revenge. Because of this, the film has become memorable for general audiences and film scholars alike, showing how versatile its presentation can be. Its continued popularity is also aided by famous lines like, “Are you not entertained?” which have become popular on the Internet.

The film’s success is also reflected by the production of Gladiator 2, a legacy sequel starring Paul Mescal. The new movie is set to be released on November 22, 2024, but will not see Crowe returning as Maximus. Even so, the longevity of Gladiator‘s popularity is clear, and will likely remain so for a long time to come.

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