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Joseph Quinn Raves About ‘Gladiator II’ Director Ridley Scott’s “Thirst For Life” At 86

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Nearly 25 years later, Ridley Scott is revisiting ancient Rome, and it seems he picked up right where he left off. Joseph Quinn recently opened up about his time working with the seminal director on Gladiator II, the followup to his 2000 epic historical drama, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and earned Scott a Best Director nod. “He is a world builder,” he raved to Men’s Health of Scott, who marked his 86th birthday in November. “He creates these films that utterly transport you, and that is a very rare thing to be able to do.

I, like you, was a massive fan of his films: I remember watching Blade Runner as a kind of rite-of-passage with my Dad when I was younger; Gladiator was a really seminal film for me; Thelma and Louise, American Gangster, Alien, obviously.

There are so many, and there’s such a variety in that body of work that indicates the caliber of director that he is, and the kind of creativity that he’s able to harness and weaponize. “Watching him negotiate these brutal shoot days… as you said, he’s not 32 anymore.

But he conducts himself with such a vigor, and thirst, for life and also filmmaking, still—he just loves it, and that is very infectious.

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