The strange saga of Spartacus â€” both the epic battles portrayed onscreen and the upheaval and tragedies off it â€” comes to a close with a third and final season beginning Friday on Starz. Spartacus: War of the Damned (which several cast members say is a wholly appropriate title) follows the former gladiator as he leads a growing slave rebellion against the Roman Empire. As history points out, the Romans resorted to sending out famed General Crassus to once and for all quash the revolt, making it Spartacus’ last stand. Liam McIntyre returns as Spartacus, and says viewers will notice [...]
Are you not entertained? Well, the cast of Starz’s Spartacus: War of the Damned is doing its best to make sure you will be when the final season of the blood-soaked series debuts in January. Stars like Lima McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare and Cynthia Addai-Robinson are put through their paces, running drills, flipping tires, and testing their limits in order to get in shape for the upcoming season’s large-scale battle scenes. Here’s a taste of what they went through:
One of the more surprising announcements in TV this year was that the highly successful Starz series Spartacus would be ending after next season. So that makes the cast and crew’s appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego all the more important. I’ll be speaking with several folks involved with Spartacus: War of the Damned this week, including Spartacus himself, Liam McIntyre. Starz shared this behind-the-scenes video to give fans a taste of what to expect when the show premieres in January.
By Stacey Harrison While death is dished out regularly on Spartacus â€” often by way of cartoonish violence and slow-motion effects shots â€” it hit home for the cast and crew in a very real way in September with the passing of original star Andy Whitfield. Production was nearly complete on Season 2 â€” dubbed Spartacus: Vengeance â€” with Liam McIntyre assuming the lead role, a development that had occurred with Whitfieldâ€™s blessing, when they got the tragic news. Executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said the Spartacus crew knew how gravely ill their friend was, as he fought his second [...]
By Stacey Harrison After last yearâ€™s hugely successful run of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which combined 300-style visuals with ornate, Shakespearean dialogue â€” along with generous amounts of sex and nudity â€” the stage appeared set for a long, successful run. That path took a tragic turn, however, when leading man Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with cancer before Season 2 could begin shooting, and the production crew was left with the possibility of having to close down for a year while he recovered. Instead, the creators came up with the idea to go back and further explore the gladiator arena [...]