Russell Crowe looks worlds away from his Gladiator days 20 years on

My, how you've changed! Russell Crowe is unrecognisable as he sports a beard and ponytail during a tennis session in Sydney... 20 years after his iconic performance in Gladiator

By Nicole Douglas For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:42 BST, 12 October 2020 | Updated: 05:43 BST, 12 October 2020

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Russell Crowe shot to fame playing Maximus in the 2000 epic Gladiator.

But two decades later, the 56-year-old actor has embraced a far more relaxed look, and is now hardly recognisable compared to his glory days.

The legend sported a scruffy beard and wore his greying hair in a slicked-back ponytail while playing a game of tennis in Sydney with his close friend Britney Theriot, 30, on Thursday evening.

My, how you've changed! Russell Crowe (pictured in Sydney on Thursday evening) looks very different these days compared to when he first rose to fame in Hollywood

Heart-throb: Russell shot to fame playing Maximus in the 2000 epic Gladiator

My, how you've changed! Russell Crowe (left on Thursday evening, right in 2000's Gladiator) looks very different these days compared to when he first rose to fame in

Gone was the chiselled six pack he was once known for, as Russell sported a loose-fitting polo shirt, black-and-white Adidas pants and a pair of matching sneakers.

He was at the training session with his pal Britney, an actress-turned-real estate agent who starred alongside him in the 2013 crime drama Broken City. 

It appears the Oscar winner is trying to get back into shape, after recently gaining weight to play a psychotic stalker in the thriller Unhinged.

In the film, Russell plays a man who makes a woman's life hell after a road rage incident, ruthlessly going after her and everyone she knows.

Changes: Gone was the chiselled six pack he was once known for, as Russell sported a loose-fitting polo shirt, black-and-white Adidas pants and a pair of matching sneakers

Changes: Gone was the chiselled six pack he was once known for, as Russell sported a loose-fitting polo shirt, black-and-white Adidas pants and a pair of matching sneakers

Working out: It appears the Oscar winner is trying to get back into shape, after recently gaining weight to play a psychotic stalker in the thriller Unhinged

Working out: It appears the Oscar winner is trying to get back into shape, after recently gaining weight to play a psychotic stalker in the thriller Unhinged

Pals: He enjoyed a tennis session with his friend Britney Theriot, 30, an actress-turned-real estate agent who starred alongside him in the 2013 crime drama Broken City

Pals: He enjoyed a tennis session with his friend Britney Theriot, 30, an actress-turned-real estate agent who starred alongside him in the 2013 crime drama Broken City

Pals: He enjoyed a tennis session with his friend Britney

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