There’s a new Spartacus coming to television and the latest fierce Thracian gladiator is actually an Australian.
Currently filming its third season, the popular Starz series was sidetracked after its original star Andy Whitfield was forced to back out due to health issues.
“We cast a wide net; we looked all over the world and we found Liam McIntyre,” said show creator Steven S. DeKnight of his new star recently in Los Angeles.
“I remember seeing his first audition, he was so skinny I immediately dismissed him because I didn’t know he’d lost so much weight for a previous role but we kept coming back to him — he just had those qualities we needed.”
As such DeKnight put his star on a “three-month exercise retainer” and watched him fill out into the part of Spartacus — a hefty role that the actor does not take lightly.
“It’s obviously a big job,” admitted McIntyre. “You know how much it means to the fans because I was one before this happened. So all I can do is work really, really hard… attack this as hard as you possibly can because you want to do a good show because you love it yourself.”
Spartacus: Vengeance debuts in January on The Movie Network but McIntyre has a lot of work in the coming months. Filming the gritty, violent series has definitely proven a workout for the Aussie actor.
“It’s heaps more demanding than when I would’ve expected. Constantly every episode that I’ve been on is like ‘you want me to do what?’” laughed McIntyre. “I look back at some of the stuff and think, that is just mind-blowing.”