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And the New Spartacus Is... Aussie actor chosen to succeed Andy Whitfield in Season 2.
January 17, 2011
The news is in. Australian actor Liam McIntyre (The Pacific), a man who rumors have labeled as a favorite for months, has nabbed the lead role of Spartacus for the upcoming second season of the Starz series.
As you recall, Whitfield had to drop out of the series completely so that he could treat non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
"Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead Spartacus forward," Straz's CEO Chris Albrecht notes. "It was important to us to have Andy endorse the idea of recasting this part, which he did in the same heroic manner that he's dealt with his whole ordeal. And that, coupled with our fortune in finding a young actor with the gladiator credentials and the acting ability of Liam, makes it easier for us to keep this hit franchise going."
While I am glad that the series is moving forward, I am at the same time wondering if he can live up to the performance of Andrew Whitfield. Also, does he have the physique for the part?
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QUOTE (Ramis @ Jan 17 2011, 06:34 PM)
Also, does he have the physique for the part?
This worry becomes all the more ironic when one pauses to consider that throughout the first season Spartacus is frequently labeled a runt; even so far as many rivals boasting that they break the little twig man in half.
I kind of wish only one thing with the show, that they stop the over dramatic 300 thing they have going on. The special effects are rather lame, if I do say so, and when it's a show about men squaring off in a gladiator pit killing each other, one doesn't need so much.