Russell Crowe, who won the Academy Award for best actor for his role as a gladiator in the 2000 film of the same name, has been transported into the city, home to the Colosseum, where gladiators actually clash during the Roman Empire.
Ome Mayor Roberto Gualtieri welcomed the actor to City Hall on the historic Capitoline Hill, with Crowe stepping out onto the balcony for sweeping views of the Roman Forum.
Crowe was awarded a plaque and the title “Ambassador of Rome to the World”.
The Italian-speaking actor said: “I have always served Rome.”
In the film, Crowe portrays Maximus, a general who was enslaved before turning into a gladiator.
Crowe is in Rome for the city’s film festival, where a film he directed and starred in, Poker Face, is having its world premiere.
The mayor said the city gave the plaque “as a symbol of Rome’s friendship and affection for Russell Crowe”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/gladiator-star-russell-crowe-named-ambassador-of-rome-in-the-world-42067769.html Gladiator star Russell Crowe named ‘Rome’s ambassador to the world’