Russell Crowe, who gained a finest actor Academy Award for portraying a gladiator in the 2000 movie of the identical title, was feted Friday by town of Rome, house to the Colosseum the place actual gladiators clashed earlier than 1000’s of spectators by way of the time of the Roman Empire.
Rome Mayor Roberto Gualtieri welcomed the actor to City Hall which sits atop the traditional Capitoline Hill, stepping out on a balcony with Crowe to indicate off a sweeping view of the traditional Roman Forum.
Crowe was given a plaque and the title of “ambassador or Rome in the world.”
The actor, talking Italian, mentioned, “I’m all the time on the service of Rome.”
In the movie, Crowe portrayed Maximus, who was a basic compelled into slavery earlier than turning right into a gladiator
Crowe is in Rome lately for town’s movie competition, the place a film he directed and stars in, “Poker Face,” is having its world premiere.
The mayor mentioned town was giving the plaque “because the image of friendship and affection of Rome for Russell Crowe.”