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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.

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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.
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namesOnkeL Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
I like how it's all in tones of red, works as an exaggeration of the light in the scene and fits well with him having just killed several men.
It also happens to look great, makes for good contrast against the bright sky. The detail on the face is great, too.
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mlh70 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Are you not entertained
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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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:iconthatonesnarkychick:
thatonesnarkychick Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
MAXIMUS *sobs*
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:icondeftshark:
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 Photographer
Maximus looks incredible. Great job.
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KittyInTheCorner Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
"Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife, and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."Waaaah! Clap CURSE YOU! 
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XX-DM Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
love the expression, wonderful work
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:iconspoox:
spoox Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!!
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Eclipse7299 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Artist
"Are you not entertained?!" love this movie sooo much
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:iconzbubblez:
zbubblez Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favourite moves of all time, very well done and excellent title as well!!
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:iconflanelowe-gacie:
flanelowe-gacie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely great !
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:icononenine72:
onenine72 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Great tribute to classic movie.
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:icongaea-warrior:
Gaea-Warrior Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I ordered this print and it was stolen out of the lobby at my apartment complex. Is there some way for me obtain this (again)?
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:iconlilmissann:
lilmissann Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. It has to be one of my favorites of your work so far.
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:iconalmightyeggroll:
Almightyeggroll Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Great movie.
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DD2111 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student
I allways thought that Russel Crow had a huge ego.
P.S.-Holy balls this pic is amazing! :D
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Hyper0Blade Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
With what did you do this ?
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:iconhyper0blade:
Hyper0Blade Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
My favorite movie . And picture is awesome ! 
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:icontenkai-yayes:
tenkai-yayes Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing. simply amazing.
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:iconmaryshaa:
MaryShaa Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student
This is amazing!
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:iconrevan1118:
Revan1118 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm absolutely in love with this piece. Too bad it's sold out :-( 
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cherry12 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm entertained... :iconnotimpressedplz:
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DJLionheart Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Maximus' story means a lot to me. Thanks for doing such an awesome job at capturing that moment.

Any possibility that you'll be printing more of these? 
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miamary123456 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS   :FAINT:
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SoulofInnocenceX Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Been away from deviantart for awhile, and this is so refreshing to come back to. Several of your pieces since then are so inspiring. I love how beautiful you make all of these classic characters we all know and love.

Also... the title makes me think of only one line in response.
"I, too, wish to stand before Caesar... As you did." 
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SylphViper Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!
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:iconalysscote:
AlyssCote Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
AHAHAHA !! Yeah I am Maximus ! :3
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:iconlady-tsuchi:
lady-tsuchi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This movie is one of my top favorite movies! It makes me so happy to see you paint a tribute to it! Beautiful colors.
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JackThe-Blade Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Просто потрясающе
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:iconlmosher:
lmosher Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I was wondering how you are able to sell the prints? I know there's some legal issues with selling prints with celebrity likenesses. I'd love to sell some prints of my work but I don' want to get in trouble.
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Raunchyboy6 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is another good one.  The red ties everything together.  I was reminded of the scene before this one where they were led through the wool dying area when he still wasn't sure he would fight.  The red awnings make me think of the blood thirsty crowd.  The red in his face evokes a sense of emotion.   
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halfbreedfox Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a fantastic piece you've created. I think you captured the persona that is Maximus: obviously strong, but still human. The grittiness you wanted you definitely have here. I love The Gladiator too and I'm so thrilled to see your take on it. :heart:
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Draconian20 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gladiator, what a great film.
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fatal-complexes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
amazing *_____*
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MichixChan93 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
dude gladiator is such an amazing and epic movie. you do russell crowe honor with a just as amazing piece.

i was at AX but i wasn't able to run into you ;( my friend Steph saw you though (she was dressed as Vanellope Von Schweetz).

i wish I had known because then I would have bought some stuff to support ;(
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MaelwysSC113 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
3 hour extended cut. Best movie ever made
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:iconkingoftheswingers:
kingoftheswingers Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Not only is this movie one of my ultimate all-time faves (squee!), but your style really captures the essence of his character and situation. Brilliantly done. :)
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XxRockFiendxX Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
such a great movie =')
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:iconlukaa113:
lukaa113 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gladiator is one of the best movies of all time. Interesting, I never knew about Russell's script suggestions...
You did a wonderful job on this one, love the red strokes across the painting, suites the bloody arena nicely.
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:iconlyud:
Lyud Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow ! I just love when my favorites DA artists are drawing/painting my favorite characters.. Thank you so much that's awesome !
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000Colibri000 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Cool colors! :D
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:iconhipiz:
hipiz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love the brush strokes.
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