Maximus in a Wheat Field

Generally, real life occurs and then a movie’s made about it. But look at this pic of a Marine:

A technician Marine with Ammunition Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, carries ammunition cans filled with obsolete ordnance destined for demolition Dec. 4 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Thirty-one Marines from the company joined with explosive ordnance disposal technicians to conduct the demolition.

A technician Marine with Ammunition Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, carries ammunition cans filled with obsolete ordnance destined for demolition Dec. 4 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Thirty-one Marines from the company joined with explosive ordnance disposal technicians to conduct the demolition.

Does it not remind you of Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator, Maximus:

Russell Crowe, Maximus in a wheat field Gladiator

Russell Crowe, Maximus in a wheat field, Gladiator

2 thoughts on “Maximus in a Wheat Field

  1. You caught a good visual parallel image there NavyOne.

    ‘Maximus’ made his journey home to a beautiful part of the countryside around San Quirico D’orcia, which is within the Province of Siena (approximately 38 miles east from N/E of Tuscany.

    Just after the film was shown in the cinemas I spent a few weeks around the area walking and cycling at the height of summer (totally ignorant of the fact that the film was so popular back home).

    Funnily enough I only watched the film upon my return, though there was much talk by the locals about the locations used around the area. The locals also loved the fact that they could use the status to ‘bump’ up the prices in the local hotels.

    Each day there would be coach loads of Japanese tourists stopping around the hillsides over looking the valleys just taking photographs of… ‘valleys’.

    One popular spot in particular was where the camera team set up the camera rail system to pan and shoot the scene where ‘Maximus’ has his vision of walking home through his crops. (The local farmer charged the coach company’s for the privilege).

    It was very strange to see several air-conditioned coaches queuing up with the ‘hordes’ dismounting (you could set the scene for the Seven Samurai)?

    Good food, good wine, good people, good physical exercise… Another adventure to be planned there soon.

    • Interesting background on Maximus’ home. From my quick speed-through some years back, I thought the area to be relaxing and very warm. Enjoy your next R&R jaunt to those lovely confines. . .

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