“At my signal, unleash hell”
The keyword this week is EPIC as we watch Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, and we quickly discover that our very own Rachael actually worked on this movie! She lets us in on the experience of making a wig for the modest and self-effacing Russell Crowe and decries the lack of credit given to wigmakers in movies.
Paul has been working on his best Maximus Decimus Meridius impression, eulogising Oliver Reed and spotting “The Voice of Iggle Piggle”, and the team are mystified at Russell Crowe’s Oscar win and come to the conclusion he won it mainly for “squinting a bit”. And we hear about a cancelled sequel which would have featured a time travelling Maximus in Vietnam – which Paul swears is true.
Meanwhile, Andy’s verdict: “It was good”
Elsewhere in a packed show, Rachael is inspired by one of the famous improvised lines in Gladiator to look at some more unplanned moments in movies, including Pretty Woman, Good Will Hunting and Harry Potter. And Andy is surprised by the appearance of UK comedian Omid Djalili in Gladiator and seeks out some more unexpected appearances of UK television stars in big Hollywood movies, including Leonard Rossiter and Keith Chegwin!
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