19 Jul Henry Cavill’s inspiration: The gladiator at the end of the journey

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Henry Cavill has admitted that his favorite film is the 2000 epic historical drama Gladiator. Now maybe that has something to do with the movie’s fantastic plot loaded with combat scenes and brewing political conflicts, or perhaps it’s down to its leading actor supporting Cavill’s dream of pursuing acting as a fully-fledged career.

Either way, we thought we’d revisit the movie-goer favourite that has since inspired a revival in Roman-era movies, as well as merchandise ranging from Easter eggs to popular and high paying slot machines, which can be seen at Gladiator online slot review. One of the most popular slots games on the market, it offers great graphics, a wonderful soundtrack, and Cavill has recounted how he, as a teenager attending boarding school in England, had approached Gladiator star Russell Crowe seeking acting advice when the latter was filming Proof of Life around the area. Henry explained to him how he had taken part in theatre at school and wanted to know what it was like to be an actor. Two days later, Crowe sent him an autographed photo of himself as Gladiator, with the words “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, written on it.

Fast-forward 11 years and Cavill landed his role as Superman in Man of Steel, with non-other than Crowe himself playing his dad, Jor-El. Cavill had described the experience as Crowe coming through for him.

"At the end of that journey of a thousand miles, that first journey, he's there as well," he told Contact Music shortly before the movie’s release.

It’s no wonder, then, that Cavill would develop an affinity for the freshly released Gladiator movie, with his inspiration as the lead actor. And with a potent combination of a captivating narrative surrounding beloved Roman general Maximus, brutal portrayals of war and slain gladiators, and an authentic background adorned with historical accuracy, the cinematic piece does not disappoint its audience either.

The opening moments of the movie, dated 180 AD, see Maximus leading his army to victory against Germanic barbarians, bringing a lengthy war to an end. This pleases emperor Marcus Aurelius who offers Maximus the chance to be his successor, but the general refuses at first, before agreeing to consider the option. Commodus, the emperor’s power-hungry sun, grows displeased with his father’s decision, smothering him and declaring himself Rome’s new ruler. When Maximus refuses to pledge his loyalty to him, Commodus orders Maximus and his family, who live in Spain, to be executed. As Maximus escapes, he makes his way to his home, only to find his wife and child brutally slaughtered.

Maximus collapses, only to awaken and find that he has fallen captive to slave traders, who sell him to Proximo, the head of a gladiator school.

Maximus is shipped back to Rome, proving himself to be the superior fighter among other gladiators. An unknowing Commodus, having heard of the fierce gladiator known as “The Spaniard”, descends to the floor of the Colosseum to meet him, discovering to his horror that it is, in fact, Maximus, who is seeking to avenge his family.

Commodus challenges Maximus to a duel at the Colosseum, but stabs his adversary before the encounter in order to gain an advantage. However, he is still no match for Maximus’ skills, and is slain nonetheless. With his dying breath, Maximus orders for his fellow gladiators to be set free and have Rome restore a Senate-based government.

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