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Back before Russell Crowe gained like 50 pounds and started throwing phones at hotel employees and starring in shitty movie musicals, he was Hollywood Badass Number 1 following his role as the empire-defying Maximus in “Gladiator.”

Obviously, it earned him an Academy Award win, and while there are so many classic moments we could list, nothing got us more amped to take on an entire army quite like the “I am Maximus” speech.

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“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

Come on, it doesn’t really get much more epic than that.

What made his speech all-the-more satisfying is when he does finally get his revenge on that piece of shit Commodus in the Colosseum. Sure, he does end up dying in the end, but he gets in one final ass-kicking before being reunited with his family. Ok, now doesn’t get much more epic than that.

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