- Tribute to the late Andy Whitfield aka 'Spartacus', who died of cancer age 40 -
A brilliant series for television; gritty, violent, explicit in many ways, but full of twists and turns and never fails to deliver. Filmed in the style of that great Spartan film, '300', everything was done in studio with green screen CGI for backdrops. Read on...
The series lead, Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010, and such was their dedication to Andy, the studio decided to wait for his recovery in order for him to continue his role as Spartacus in season 2. In the meantime Starz studio film a prequel to Blood and Sand, entitled: 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' - a six part mini series that addresses and answers many issues from S:BS, and gives more background to other characters from the first series.
Given the all clear by doctors in 2010, Andy Whitfield was excited and enthusiastic about his return to the role that he had made his own, as were his co-stars. In a San Diego 2010 Comic-Con convention, USA, Andy was clapped and cheered as he made his entrance, eventually followed by Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Viva Bianca and script writer Steven S. DeKnight. Sadly, Andy's enthusiasm and optimism was cut short in 2011 and the cancer the doctors had thought cured overwhelmed the young actor.
He died peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Rather poignant that his character, Spartacus, fought for his life daily, and in the real world Andy was forced to battle for every remaining day of his life. As character and man, both eventually lost their battles. Such a sad loss of life to a vile and despicable disease. He showed great promise as an actor, and will be greatly missed.
To a fellow Welshman, rest in peace, battle no more.