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Win the Crowd, Win Your Freedom by alicexz Win the Crowd, Win Your Freedom by alicexz

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"Are you not entertained? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!"
Gladiator (2000)

This was THE movie that got me "into" movies. It's the first big epic that I distinctly remember watching as a kid and being incredibly impressed (the other big one at the time, Braveheart, didn't do anything for me) - ten years and multiple rewatches later I still think Gladiator is awesome. I know it's not the most historically accurate of films and it's a bit dramatic and overblown but I LOVE it and I think it is one of Russell Crowe's finest performances. He really elevated the material and made Maximus inspiring, heartbreaking, and badass at the same time. Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen also shine and RAAA THIS MOVIE.

Also:
The Gladiator screenplay faced many rewrites and revisions due to Russell Crowe's script suggestions. Crowe questioned every aspect of the evolving script and strode off the set when he did not get answers. According to a DreamWorks executive, "(Russell Crowe) tried to rewrite the entire script on the spot. You know the big line in the trailer, 'In this life or the next, I will have my vengeance'? At first he absolutely refused to say it." Nicholson, the third and final screenwriter, says Crowe told him, "Your lines are garbage but I'm the greatest actor in the world, and I can make even garbage sound good." (source)

Painted with references on a Cintiq 21UX tablet in Adobe Photoshop. I really wanted to get a sense of movement and a gritty feel down with this portrait.
STEP-BY-STEP PAINTING PROGRESS: soon | REBLOG ON TUMBLR: alicexz.tumblr.com/post/517619…

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lilbit075 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
That movie was a masterpiece. Down to the music and all the performances. Your work is also quite a masterpiece. Wow.

-Ren
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ARi-LiL Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
one of my favourite movies. and this work is just awesome. :happybounce: 
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thedeadreprise Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is outstanding! You have one very impressive gallery!
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FHMace Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
"Brothers, what we do in life... echoes in eternity."
"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

Damn, you're right. Gladiator is one the best movies made those past 15 years (But, for my part, I include Braveheart to these movies).
Beyond visual appeal and the acting, the music of Hans Zimmer is just phenomenal.

By the way, I love your artwork. Wink/Razz 

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Mphillips1847 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
I want a print of this so bad, easily my favorite movie of all time. Love it!
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thatonesnarkychick Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
MAXIMUS *sobs*
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DeftShark Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Bad ass
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princessleah314 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
*squee* You did Gladiator! :D

Awesome job :)
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MyImmortal1377 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I just love Crowe. He's so talented and you've captured his essence perfectly! So many pictures I've seen of him look a little bit like him, but this is AMAZING!
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GregKmk Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maximus looks incredible. Great job.
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