Marcus Aurelius: Are you ready to do your duty for Rome? Commodus: Yes, father. Marcus Aurelius: You will not be emperor. Commodus: Which wiser, older man is to take my place? Marcus Aurelius: My
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Marcus Aurelius:
Are you ready to do your duty for Rome?
Commodus:
Yes, father.
Marcus Aurelius:
You will not be emperor.
Commodus:
Which wiser, older man is to take my place?
Marcus Aurelius:
My powers will pass to Maximus, to hold in trust until the Senate is ready to rule once more. Rome is to be a republic again.
Commodus:
Maximus?
Marcus Aurelius:
Yes.
[Marcus Aurelius tries to comfort Commodus by reaching out his hand to touch him on the face but Commodus pulls his head away from Marcus Aurelius' hand in disgust]

Marcus Aurelius:
My decision disappoints you?
Commodus:
You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: Wisdom, justice, fortitude and temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage, perhaps not on the battlefield, but... there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to you. But none of my virtues were on your list. Even then it was as if you didn't want me for your son.
Marcus Aurelius:
Oh, Commodus. You go too far.
Commodus:
I search the faces of the gods... for ways to please you, to make you proud. One kind word, one full hug... where you pressed me to your chest and held me tight. Would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years. What is it in me that you hate so much?
Marcus Aurelius:
Shh, Commodus.
Commodus:
All I've ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father.
Marcus Aurelius:
[Marcus Aurelius gets down on his knees]
Commodus. Your faults as a son is my failure as a father.
[Marcus opens up his arms to Commodus and gives him a hug]

Commodus:
[Commodus hugs Marcus and cries]
Father. I would have butcher the whole world... if you would only love me!
[Commodus begins to asphyxiate Marcus while they hug, Marcus grunts]

Transcript:
MARCUS AURELIUS: Are you ready
to do your duty for Rome?
Yes, Father.
You will not be emperor.
Which wiser, older man
is to take my place?
My powers will pass to Maximus,
to hold in trust,
until the Senate is ready
to rule once more.
Rome is to be a republic again.
- Maximus.
- Yes.
My decision disappoints you?
You wrote to me once,
listing the four chief virtues.
Wisdom,
Justice,
fortitude,
and Temperance.
As I read the list, I
knew I had none of them.
But I have other
virtues, Father.
Ambition.
That can be a virtue when
it drives us to excel.
Resourcefulness, courage.
Perhaps not on the battlefield, but
there are many forms of courage.
Devotion to my family,
to you.
But none of my virtues
were on your list.
Even then it was as if you
didn't want me for your son.
Commodus,
you go too far.
I searched the faces of the gods
for ways to please you,
to make you proud.
One kind word,
one full hug,
where you pressed me to your
chest and held me tight,
would have been like the sun
on my heart for 1,000 years.
What is it in me
you hate so much?
Shh... Commodus.
All I've ever wanted
was to live up to you, Caesar.
- Father.
- Commodus,
your faults as a son
is my failure as a father.
Come.
(SOBBING)
Father.
I would butcher the whole world,
if you would only have loved me!
(CRYING)

Clip duration: 221 seconds
Views: 65
Uploaded: 12 December, 2020
Genres: action, adventure, drama
Summary: A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.


Actors

Marcus Aurelius - Richard Harris
Commodus - Joaquin Phoenix