|The gladiator: Whitfield was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the legendary Thracian slave in Spartacus|
A most sad day
Actor Andy Whitfield died of cancer Sunday in Australia at the age of 39, following his 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his family said in a statement.
Andy was one of those rare actors that appeared from out of nowhere. It was if he was born to play the part of Spartacus. He had that elusive "it" factor. He dominated the screen.
Gone at age 39. It is not right.
The Welsh-born Whitfield became a star in January 2010 when his physical and emotional portrayal of the title character during the first season of Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" earned him and the epic action series an immediate and rabid following.
|The cast: Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Andy Whitfield and Peter Mensah|
Co-star: Lucy Lawless starred alongside Whitfield in Spartacus and paid tribute saying he was a 'gentle man'
[Addressing Spartacus and the new recruits]
Doctore: What is beneath your feet?
Doctore: Answer! What is beneath your feet?
Doctore: Crixus! What is beneath your feet?
Crixus: Sacred ground, Doctore. Watered with the tears of blood.
Doctore: Your tears! Your blood! Your pathetic lives forged into something of worth. Listen! Learn! And, perhaps, live - As Gladiators! Now Attend your master.
Batiatus: You have been blessed! Each and every one of you, to find yourselves here at the ludus of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus, purveyor of the finest gladiators in all of the Republic!
Batiatus: Prove yourselves in the hard days to follow, prove yourselves more than a common slave - more than a man! Fail and die, either here where you stand, or sold off to the mines. Succeed, and stand proud among my titans!
[Gladiators Chant "Batiatus!"]
Doctore: A Gladiator does not fear death. He embraces it. Caresses it. Fucks it. Each time he enters the arena, he slips his cock in the mouth of the beast, and prays to thrust home before the jaws snap shut.