Russell Crowe poses at Fort Ricasoli in Malta – where his 2000 flick Gladiator was filmed


Russell Crowe channels Gladiator’s Maximus as he RETURNS to Malta’s Fort Ricasoli where the iconic 2000 historical flick was filmed


Russell Crowe flexed his muscles and posed with his arms wide at Fort Ricasoli, where his 2000 film Gladiator was filmed, in Malta on Saturday. 

The Australian actor, 57, was enjoying a bike ride in the Mediterranean country when he arrived at his old haunt which was used as a stand-in for Ancient Rome for the flick.  

Russell seemed to be getting back into his iconic character of Maximus Decimus Meridius with the poses, while he wore black sports shorts and a T-shirt.   

He's back! Russell Crowe flexed his muscles and posed with his arms wide at Fort Ricasoli, where his 2000 film Gladiator was filmed, in Malta on Saturday

He’s back! Russell Crowe flexed his muscles and posed with his arms wide at Fort Ricasoli, where his 2000 film Gladiator was filmed, in Malta on Saturday

Russell took to Twitter before heading to the fort to tell his fans he would be there. 

He wrote: ‘Fort Ricasoli at 3:30pm ? See you there.’  

Gladiator won Russell Oscar gold as  he scooped the Best Actor gong for the Ridley Scott epic.

The film also won for Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design. 

Good times: Russell seemed to be getting back into his character of Maximus with the poses as he arrived at his old haunt which was used as a stand-in for Ancient Rome

Character: Russell won an Academy Award for his performance in the role

Are you not entertained? Russell seemed to be getting back into his iconic character of Maximus Decimus Meridius with the poses, while he wore black sports shorts and a T-shirt

Last year, Crowe called making Gladiator ‘a unique experience,’ partly because, according to the actor, ‘the [initial] script that they had was so bad.’

‘It was just so bad,’ Russell continued. ‘It was like, Okay, ummm. Yeah.’

But the producer Crowe was speaking to at the time didn’t know he had seen an early version of the script, and succeeded in convincing the Insider star to still meet with Gladiator’s acclaimed director, Ridley Scott.

‘The producer didn’t know I’d actually already been able to get a copy,’ Crowe explained to Fallon. ‘But the thing he said was, “I don’t want to send you the document we have because you won’t respond to it.”

Memories: Russell flexed his muscles as he posed at the iconic landmark

Hi opinion: Crowe called making Gladiator – released 20 years ago last month – 'a unique experience,' partly because 'the [initial] script that they had was so bad'

Memories: Russell flexed his muscles as he posed at the iconic landmark (pictured right in the film)

‘He said, “But, I want to encourage you to have a meeting with Ridley Scott, and here’s the thing that I want you to think about: it’s 180 AD, you’re a roman general and you’re being directed by Ridley Scott. Just think about that.”‘  

The rest is history, as Russell shared that he and Ridley ‘clicked on that first meeting.’    

The Les Miserables star has been in the country for production of Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher.

While Matt Hookings and Ray Winstone are listed in the list of cast members of the biopic about 19th-century pugilist, Russell has been left off and it is not known what his role will be in the flick.  

Filming for the new movie will also take place in the UK.  

Meeting people: Russell took to Twitter before heading to the fort to tell his fans he would be there. He wrote: 'Fort Ricasoli at 3:30pm ? See you there'

Meeting people: Russell took to Twitter before heading to the fort to tell his fans he would be there. He wrote: ‘Fort Ricasoli at 3:30pm ? See you there’ 

Memories: Russell was aged 36 when he appeared in the Oscar-winning film (pictured during filming

Memories: Russell was aged 36 when he appeared in the Oscar-winning film (pictured during filming 

Unleash hell: The film also won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design

Unleash hell: The film also won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design

Russell has just finished filming in Thailand with Zac Efron for a film which follows the true story of John ‘Chickie’ Donohue. 

The protagonist leaves New York in 1967 to track down his childhood friends fighting in Vietnam to share a beer with them.

In the production, Thailand will serve in place of Vietnam.

The project is being directed by Peter Farrelly (Green Book), who also co-wrote the script with Brian Currie and Pete Jones. 

New project: The Les Miserables star has been in the country for production of Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher. However, he is not listed on the cast or crew for the flick

New project: The Les Miserables star has been in the country for production of Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher. However, he is not listed on the cast or crew for the flick 

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