sword-and-sandal craze of the 1960s, but not the usual deadly serious "bodybuilder saves civilization" type. Satire, with a bit of humor, such as My Son, the Hero (1962), about a mild-mannered Greek god whose power comes from his mother.
Or Angelique (1965), where he plays the buddy of the guy who gets the girl.
Here, he fondles the arm of a friend.
In Vengeance of the Vikings (1965), Gemma plays a Viking prince who travels to America and finds, of all things, a Greek guy, who teaches him about wine while helping him fight off assassins.
Did you think you were buying a ticket to the Clint Eastwood classic For a Few Dollars More? (1965). No, sorry, you're seeing For a Few Extra Dollars (1966), with Gemma as Old West savior Gary Diamond.
Interested in a grudging love-hate gay-subtext bromance? Gemma starred in lots:
Alive or Preferably Dead (1969), about two brothers (Gemma, Nino Benvenuti) who can't stand each other. Benvenuti is the one on the left, with the bulge.
L'arciere di fuoco (1971), about a bickering Robin Hood (Gemma) and Allen a Dale (bodybuilder Mark Damon)
Amigo, Stay Away (1972), about two sworn enemies in the Old West (Gemma, George Eastman) who keep having to work together.
He returned to peplums to win an Italian Oscar for Desert of the Tartars (1975).
With all of this buddy-bonding, arm-fondling, and nude boxers, one obviously wonders if Gemma was gay or bi in real life? No idea, but in an interview, he traced the archetype of the gay cowboy back to his buddy-bonding roles of the 1960s.