Paul Mescal was afraid of Pedro Pascal on the set of Gladiator 2

Paul Mescal was afraid of Pedro Pascal on the set of Gladiator 2
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The lead performer has admitted he was apprehensive about talking to a big-name colleague
Rising Hollywood star Paul Mescal has revealed he was nervous during his first interaction with fellow 'Gladiator' sequel actor Pedro Pascal and admitted the film caused him "stress".

The actor said he saw the 'One of Us' star at Los Angeles airport shortly before his involvement in the film was announced, but "was too scared to approach him". However, Pedro Pascal eventually approached him himself and "came across as genuine". "I'm really looking forward to working with him," Paul Mescal noted.

The actor did not share any details about the "Gladiator" sequel. "I can't tell you how excited I am talking about this film because it's definitely the biggest project I've ever been involved in. I feel a lot of responsibility, because it's hard to distract from the legacy of the original film. I think the story is well written and pays homage to the first part," he added.

Who played Paul Mescal in the film Gladiator 2
The actor plays the role of Lucius, the nephew of Commodus, the Roman emperor played by Joaquin Phoenix in the 2000 film. Production is currently halted due to ongoing strikes. Director Ridley Scott has managed to finish about half of the sequel's filming. The film Gladiator 2 will be released in November 2024.