Napoleon: Why Joaquin Phoenix found a role in his heyday after Gladiator

by Boris S.

– Posted on March 21, 2022 at 11:02

After exploring the Gucci galaxy in telenovela style last year, Ridley Scott plunged into Napoleon’s empire by making a massive biography dedicated to the most famous Corsica in French history. In the title role, Joaquin Phoenix, who may have found a role that fits him in front of the director’s camera after the gladiator. Here’s why.

Last year, Ridley Scott collaborated twice with Adam Driver. first in The last duela medieval history inspired by a true story, then in Gucci HouseNew stylish telenovela. In 2023, the director will unveil on Apple TV + a giant project: a biography dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. The film’s gigantic ambition has already outpaced many filmmakers before it. Stanley Kubrick, for example, who wanted to bring the life of an emperor to the screen alongside Jack Nicholson and Audrey Hepburn in the 1970s. Ridley Scott can count on a great origin: Joaquin Phoenix, appearing on camera as a mad emperor more than twenty years after he played at the gladiator.

Famous Peblum saw Oscar-winning actor Ridley Scott deliver a stunning performance as Emperor Commodus, opponent of Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe). A supporting role earned him nominations at prestigious celebrations: Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, etc. In Napoleon, Joaquin Phoenix will explore the early hours of Bonaparte’s military life up to his political rise to the highest echelons of power. By lending his features to the first French emperor, Joaquin Phoenix definitely found the role of maturity in front of Ridley Scott’s camera.

Joaquin Phoenix, from one emperor to another

By placing Joaquin Phoenix at the center of his new autobiographical plot, Ridley Scott will give his favorite actor the opportunity to use his outstanding art. Napoleon It will already show us the evolution of the main character, from his rise to his fall. Before his death of stomach cancer, the emperor fought many battles (political, military, etc.), which attracted the sympathy and then anger of the French and Europeans. Thus Joaquin Phoenix must play to a wide range of emotions by portraying a giant character in front of Ridley Scott’s camera. It took two decades before the director finally offered him a leading role.

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