“I’d rather be thrown off a building than fight him”: Pedro Pascal was scared after facing Paul Mescal in Gladiator 2

“I’d rather be thrown off a building than fight him”: Pedro Pascal was scared after facing Paul Mescal in Gladiator 2
“I’d rather be thrown off a building than fight him”: Pedro Pascal was scared after facing Paul Mescal in Gladiator 2

Paul Mescal underwent a huge physical transformation to play the protagonist in Gladiator 2so much so that Pedro Pascal revealed to Vanity Fair that he was scared after having to fight his partner in Ridley Scott’s film.

It’s brutal, man. I call him Paul, the brick wall. He’s so strong. I would rather be thrown off a building than have to fight him again.. To face someone so fit, so talented and so young… Besides the fact that Ridley [Scott] is a genius, Paul [Mescal] is one of the main reasons why I decided to put my poor body through this experience“.

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A shoot that left its mark

Paul Mescal plays the adult version of Lucius in Gladiator 2a role played by Spencer Treat Clark in the first film with Russell Crowe. Let us recall that he was the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).

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In Gladiator 2Lucius (Paul Mescal) lives a quiet life with his wife and son, until conquerors led by Marcus Acacius (Pedro Pascal) begin to invade his country. As a result, there will be a confrontation between the characters of Mescal and Pascal, as shown in the first images of the sequel.

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Paul Mescal revealed to Vanity Fair that he transformed himself to look like a Roman warrior.I just wanted to be big and strong and look like someone who can do some damage when the sh*t hits the fan. The muscles start to develop… there’s something about feeling strong in your body that makes you feel different. You behave differently. It has a psychological impact on you in a way that’s useful for the film.“.

Article written in collaboration with our colleagues from I love cinema.

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