Are you not entertained by the thought of a Gladiator cast reunion?
If you are, you’re in luck, because three stars from Ridley Scott’s best picture-winning epic — Russell Crowe, Connie Nielsen, and Tomas Arana — joined forces for a charity event Wednesday in Rome.
Appropriately held inside the city’s iconic Colosseum, the event fell one day after the 18th anniversary of the Oscar-bound film’s June 5, 2000 debut.
The trio of actors hit the red carpet for photos at Rotary’s End Polio fundraiser, where a live orchestra also performed Hans Zimmer’s Academy Award-nominated original score. Lisa Gerrard, who co-wrote the Gladiator soundtrack, was also on hand to provide vocals for the music. Crowe later shared clips from the performance on social media.
“Amazing,” he tweeted while listing the names of his costars, including Joaquin Phoenix, and Djimon Hounsou. “What a cast. What an experience.”
Arguably one of the most popular works in Scott’s filmography, Gladiator remained his biggest box office hit to date (unadjusted for inflation) until it was surpassed by The Martian in 2015, having grossed a massive $187 million in domestic ticket sales.
The film, about a Roman General (Crowe) who seeks revenge in gladiatorial combat after the emperor’s maniacal son (Phoenix) murders his wife (Nielsen) and child, went on to win five Academy Awards — including Crowe’s first and only trophy for Best Actor on top of Scott’s second nod for Best Director.
See more of Rotary’s photos from the event below.