Watching the Hercules TLJ season one episode ‘Gladiator’ is vastly more amusing in a post-Spartacus era than when it originally aired two decades ago, what with Tony Todd as a Crixus-Oenameus hybrid and Alison Bruce as proto-Lucretia. And I keep cracking up at the sight of Jeffery Thomas (Titus Lentulus Batiatus) in the role of the thuggish prison guard.
The master himself (Rob Tapert) even makes a cameo among the spectators, which I don’t recall him ever doing for Spartacus — though Michael Hurst did put in a quick appearance at the end of season 2 as javelin fodder.
I would give my left nut (if I had one) to see Eva Green star in a remake of Queen Christina, with Michael Hurst directing. (Raimi/Tapert’s pal, not the showrunner of Vikings.)
I’m half-convinced the woman is the reincarnation of Greta Garbo anyway, and Hurst’s every-scene-as-a-tableau approach would be the perfect compliment to Eva’s (dazzling!) on-screen presence.
The only person I’d trust to oversee such a project? Frank Miller. Something tells me the man is a Garbo fan anyway.
Oh, the world would collapse under the weight of so much awesomeness!