Like today’s athletes, gladiators did product endorsements…

Like today’s athletes, gladiators did product endorsements. Particularly successful gladiators (such as Maximus) would endorse goods in the arena before commencing a fight and have their names promoting products on the Roman equivalent of billboards. This fact was planned to be included in the movie Gladiator, but was scrapped because it wasn’t a fact that audiences might believe to be true.

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There is a large amount of controversy s …

There is a large amount of controversy surrounding the original inspiration for Disney’s “The Lion King.” Some say the film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” others say it was based off the ancient Malian epic “Sundiata.” Still, others claim the film plagiarizes the 1950s Japanese cartoon “Kimba the White Lion.”

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