He almost co-starred in Gladiator
In a 2008 interview, director Ridley Scott stated that Dolph Lundgren had been a possible choice for the role of defeated gladiator in Tigris in the 2001 Oscar winner for Best Picture. Tigris is brought out of retirement to fight Maximus, Russel Crowe’s character. Unfortunately, Scott decided that as an actor, he just didn’t fit in with what we were trying to achieve.” Lundgren contradicts Scott’s comments, though, and says that he was offered a role in the film but turned it down.
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