They've got a new cast for Andy's part and his name is Liam McIntyre. I've never heard of him before.
Liam McIntyre, an Australian actor, is about to get a major career boost. It was announced Monday that McIntyre will replace Andy Whitfield on Starz' hit show "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."
The casting of McIntyre was necessitated due to the news that Whitfield's lymphoma, originally thought to have been dealt with, had returned. "It's been the toughest thing," Mr. McIntyre told The New York Times . "Every actor dreams of getting a big break, a big opportunity. Andy's such a wonderful actor. I don't want to follow that guy, and everybody hurts that he's had to give up the role, myself included."
The show's creator and producer, Steven S. DeKnight found McIntyre in an audition tape. The actor looked thin and weak, hardly the build of a gladiator. McIntyre's audition tape was made while the actor was working on the set for a feature film, "Frozen Moments," which required the actor to lose a lot of weight.
"When I got this role back in January, the director rung me up, he said: 'Congratulations. Now, have you seen "The Machinist?"' I was a rake," McIntyre recalled.
Since casting McIntyre, DeKnight has placed him on a strict exercise regimen designed to get him the build required for the show. DeKnight would look at photographs of the actor every two weeks to see how the actor progressed before making the decision to cast him.
"All I know is my foreseeable future is living in the gym," Mr. McIntyre said, "they'll tell me when I can start doing the lines and doing the performance. There'll be some acting there eventually, I'm sure."