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Gladiator - Long Gray Hair and a Shabby Beard? I Don´T Think So..
In the movie, Commodus´s father ( I think his name was Marcus Aurelius)has long gray hair and a beard. At the time this film is suppose to happen, no respectable man (especially not a Caesar!) would have shown himself on public looking like this. He would immediately have been catapulted straight out of Rome. The only one with a proper haircut for a Caesar is Commodus
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Ben "Da Man" writes:
Actually, starting with Marcus Aurelius (Yes he and Commodus are real) most of the Caesars had beards. It was only in early Rome that facial hair was considered barbaric (thats where we get the word barber). If you don't believe me there are many busts of Marcus Aurelius that show he had a beard.
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nennius writes:
Marcus Aurelius did have a beard,but Richard Harris' hair style isn't right.
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Dollface writes:
Did anyone besides me notice the perm in Commodus' hair at the beginning of the film, and the strait, short cut he was given after becoming Cesar? I thought at first that perms didn't exist, either, but after reading an interview with Joaquin Phoenix, I realized perms were quite common. He read up about Commodus and other Cesars and tried to get as much into character as he could. Perms were for the upper-class (because they were expensive to maintain); he also gained 30 or so pounds for the role, stating that most upper-class people were on the portly side, which showed that they had abundant food supply and they had servants to do their work for them. He also stayed out of the sun to get very pale.
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