July 2000--Production designer Arthur Max recognized from the outset that the chance to recreate second-century Rome for Ridley Scott's Gladiator was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." But it was also clear that the director wanted everything, perhaps including the swords and the sandals, to be outsized. "About two years ago, I got a call from Ridley, who said, 'I've got a project; it's big and it's quick,' " Max recalls. "The next thing I knew, I was on a plane to Rome with him, to look ...
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