Russell Crowe looks unrecognizable in first event in months

Is that you, Russell Crowe?

The Oscar-winning actor stepped out for his first official public appearance in months on Tuesday, and we barely recognized him with his massive salt-and-pepper beard and fuller figure.

Crowe appeared in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday to unveil "Il Gladiatore In Concerto" ("The Gladiator in Concert"), which is a live musical experience centered around his Academy Award-winning 2000 epic, "Gladiator."

Rocking a black Ralph Lauren polo shirt, blue jeans and blue running sneakers, the 54-year-old actor was all smiles as he posed in front of a poster and interacted with media. At one point, he held up an A.S Roma football scarf above his head with a giant grin on his face.

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ROME, ITALY - JUNE 05: Russell Crowe attends the 'Il Gladiatore In Concerto' presentation on June 5, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
New Zealand-Australian actor Russell Crowe gestures as he poses during a photocall promoting the charity screening of the award-winning 2000-released blockbuster 'Gladiator' on June 5, 2018 in Rome. - The historical drama, starring Russell Crowe, will be screened in Rome's Colosseum on June 6, accompanied by live musicians and choir, as part of a fundraising in favor of the End Polio Now Program. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 05: Actor Russell Crowe attends the 'Il Gladiatore In Concerto' presentation at Teatro Euclide on June 5, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 05: Actor Russell Crowe attends the 'Il Gladiatore In Concerto' presentation at Teatro Euclide on June 5, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
New Zealand's actor Russell Crowe poses during a photocall promoting the charity screening of the award-winning 2000-released blockbuster 'Gladiator' on June 5, 2018 in Rome. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 05: Russell Crowe poses with AS Roma football club scarf as he attends the 'Il Gladiatore In Concerto' presentation on June 5, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
New Zealand's actor Russell Crowe poses during a photocall promoting the charity screening of the award-winning 2000-released blockbuster 'Gladiator' on June 5, 2018 in Rome. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 05: Russell Crowe attends the 'Il Gladiatore In Concerto' presentation on June 5, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 05: Russell Crowe attends the 'Il Gladiatore In Concerto' presentation on June 5, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
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The event premieres officially on Wednesday night, and Crowe took to Twitter to reveal that it will be the first time he's seen "Gladiator" in nearly two decades.

"Tonight I’ll watch Gladiator for the first time since the year 2000," he tweeted. "First time ever, I’ll be one of 350 extremely lucky people in the Colosseum, in Rome, with a live orchestra, choir and [Lisa Gerrard]. I cant seem to remember the ending... hope it’s a happy one!"

Crowe recently finalized his divorce from ex-wife Danielle Spencer, who he married in 1998 and initially split from in 2013. He turned heads back in April of this year by holding a so-called "The Art of Divorce" auction through Sotheby's, which involved Crowe selling off a ton of personal items and memorabilia in order to finance the divorce. The event raised over $3.7 million and was held on his 54th birthday.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Danielle Spencer and Russell Crowe arrive at The Star Opening Party on October 25, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer arrive at the opening of 'The Star', formerly Star City in Pyrmont on September 15, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. The entertainment venue underwent a AUD860 million dollar renovation and expansion with 20 new bars and restaurants and new luxury retail stores. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer arrives at the 'The Next Three Days' Australian premiere on January 30, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Actor Russell Crowe (R) and wife Danielle Spencer attend the Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser at the VIP Room, Palm Beach during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer arriving for the official Robin Hood screening, at the Palais de Festival during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, France. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Danielle Spencer and Russell Crowe attend the 'Robin Hood' After Party at the Hotel Majestic during the 63rd Annual Cannes International Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 12: Actor Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer, with their children Charles Spencer Crowe, and Tennyson Spencer Crowe pose while Russell Crowe is honored on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on April 12, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer celebrate a Rabbitohs try during the round one NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Sydney Football Stadium on March 15, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
�2008 RAMEY PHOTO /XPUSA US ONLY! NOVEMBER 28TH, 2008 - BEVERLY HILLS, CA., USA ACTOR RUSSELL CROWE AND WIFE DANIELLE SPENCER SEEN SPENDING SOME QUALITY TIME TOGETHER OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND! XPUSA/JTBBDTNM1 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Actor Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer arrive at 'American Gangster' premiere at the Apollo Theater on October 19, 2007 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 21: Actor Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of '3:10 to Yuma' at the Mann National Theatre on August 21, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 21: Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer at the Los Angeles premiere of '3:10 to Yuma' at Mann National Theatre on August 21, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Actor Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer attend the 2007 Music for Children Ball at the Four Seasons Hotel on July 14, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by John Stanton/WireImage)
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