Paul Mescal opens up about landing Gladiator gig and how GAA helped him

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Paul Mescal is set to take to the Gladiator ring later this year.

The Gladiator sequel will hit cinemas this winter to the delight of fans around the globe.

This week, the first look at the film came out and the internet truly lost its mind.

Paul worked hard to change his body into a warrior and he admits that he wanted to be “big and strong”.


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Speaking to Vanity Fair, Paul discusses getting the role admitting that his background on the sports pitch has really helped him. Oh and of course, his “Roman nose” didn’t hurt either.

“My nose just is kind of Roman,” he admitted.

“So it’s useful in this context. The nose that I absolutely hated when I was in secondary school—and used to get ribbed for—became very, very useful when Ridley needed somebody to be in Gladiator II.”

Paul confessed that being cast in the highly coveted role happened fairly lively.


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He explained that had a conversation with the director Ridley Scott for “about 20 to 30 minutes”.

“I wanted to get a flavour from him about what the story was going to be about, so we spent about 15 minutes talking about that, and then we spent another 10 minutes talking about the sport that I played growing up—Gaelic football. Maybe that was something that helped with it, in that I’m used to being physical in my body.”

Clearly Paul made an impression on Ridley as he didn’t even need to do a camera test before he was offered the role.

“My memory of it is that probably two or three weeks later, the offer came in,” Paul admitted.

Gladiator 2 hits cinemas on November 22nd

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