Gladiator 2 ran into some issues during filming, leading to them only filming one scene with baboons for much of production.
Gladiator 2 is the sequel to one of the most iconic action films of the early 2000s that completely entertained us. Unfortunately, production struggled to really get off the ground, leaving the project with only one scene in which the protagonist clashed with a gang of baboons.
The first movie ended with the epic fight between Maximus (Russel Crowe) and the corrupt emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), ending their grudges as Maximus prevailed despite both of them dying. The sequel picks up from there and follows Lucius, Commodus’s nephew, as an adult man.
So what does this decor have to do with baboons? Well, good question!
Ridley Scott only had baboons to work with
Filming on Gladiator 2 began in June 2023 and was scheduled to take place in Malta and the United Kingdom over the next four months. Guess what got in the way of that, right, the SAG-AFTRA strike, which haunted Hollywood like the Boogeyman kids, or apparently the Ridley Scott baboons.
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With the start of the strikes July 14, 2023, After halting filming, Scott only had about 90 minutes of filmed material, including a scene in which the hero fights a pack of baboons, he told the New Yorker.
Ridley Scott himself admits that his choices “tend to be random,” and after listening to his explanation of why he wanted to include baboons in his film, we agree!
Apparently, Scott had been haunted by a video of baboons attacking tourists in Johannesburg, which inspired him to include them as a terrifying presence in his film.
Baboons are carnivorous. Can you hang from this roof for two hours by your left leg? No! A baboon can.
Listening to Scott, we now agree that including the baboons was definitely the right decision! Maybe you should build an entire franchise off of this premise. You could call it the planet of the apes or something.