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Three of the four biggest stars from the movie of the moment, Ridley Scott's Gladiators, have accepted roles at the National Countryside Show, Earls Court, London (2nd-4th February 2001)

In the film, the great hero Maximus (Russell Crowe) is destroyed by a young, degenerate emperor called Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), who slaughters the general's wife and child.

Part of Gladiators was filmed in a forest near Farnham, England, where the battle between the Roman Legions and the Germanic army was staged.The battle involved the shooting of 16,000 flaming arrows and 10,000 non-flaming ones.Playing vital roles in the mêlée were three of the films biggest stars.They were responsible for ensuring the safe passage of Commodus and at over one ton each, "big" is definitely the word to describe them.They are, of course, the gigantic Shire Horses, Lingwood Majestic, Lingwood Earl and Lingwood Henry all three of whom spent nine weeks on the set of the film!The Shires will be playing an integral part in the main arena performances and will be at the entrance to the show to welcome visitors as they arrive.

From Cornish Pasties to Tractors, Smoked Salmon to luxury leather, the National Countryside Show will be bringing the very best of the countryside direct into the heart of London.With over 250 trade stands and entertainment at every turn, the show will be a great day out for all the family.

Doors are open from 10a.m.-9p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10p.m.-5p.m. on Sunday.Tickets are from £8.00 for adults and £4 for children. Tickets and further information are available by ringing 0207 316 4848 or see the website at

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