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You MUST Watch The Preview For This Heartbreaking Andy Whitfield Doc!

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Oh, boy. This one definitely has us in tears.

Andy Whitfield was a brilliant actor and a helluva human being. The Spartacus star died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma last fall at the age of 37.

Gone does not equal forgotten.

Take a look at the clip (above) and watch Andy bravely battle cancer like it were one of his Roman oppressors from the TV series.

Via Kickstarter.com, those closest to him funded a documentary called Be Here Now — chronicling his cancer diagnosis, subsequent treatments, and his last days as a "butterfly with broken wings."

There are only a few days left to participate in the fundraiser but, thankfully, the filmmakers already exceeded all their monetary goals!

The ending of Andy's story might be tragic, but we're guessing his courageous fight could inspire other cancer survivors and end up doing a lot of good.

And that's pretty cool.

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Starz Remembers Andy Whitfield

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So nice to see the network standing so strong and supportive in honor of this incredible tragedy.

After Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield lost his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma early last month, his show's network, Starz, has released this touching tribute to his life.

Please watch (above).

President and CEO Chris Albrecht says in a statement:

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New Spartacus Series Starts Strong!

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Looks like Starz subscribers love them some Spartacus!

Prequel series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena premiered on Friday night with 1.1 million viewers for its 10 p.m. airing, AND another 753,000 viewers during its 11 p.m. spot!

The combined 1.9 million viewers beats out Friday airings for ALL previous Spartacus airings, and the premiere showed a 70% jump from the Blood and Sand premiere!

We have a feeling things are only going to get better for the Spartacus team! Congrats guys!

Did U tune in for the premiere of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena?

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And The New Spartacus Is…

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Liam McIntyre!

Last week, we learned that it was between Liam McIntyre and Dominic Purcell for the lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Now, we've learned that Australian actor McIntyre has been chosen as the replacement for Andy Whitfield, after he had to exit the series to resume his cancer treatment.

Here's what Starz president/CEO Chris Albrecht had to say about the casting decision:

“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead Spartacus forward. 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.”

We weren't 100% sure if Liam was jacked enough to play a gladiator, but he def looks more like Andy than Dominic Purcell, so overall, we're thinking this was a solid decision…esp if he can bulk up a bit before the show begins!

What do U think? Did they choose the right Spartacus?

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It's Down To Two! Who Will Replace Andy Whitfield On Spartacus: Blood And Sand?

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Given the really tragic circumstances surrounding this, it will be a pretty somber victory for either of these guys.

After actor Andy Whitfield's cancer returned in September and forced him to resign from his title role on the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the second season of the show has been in limbo as producers attempt to find a suitable replacement for the part.

Although three relatively unknown actors were said to be in contention, sources close to the production are now linking former Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell as the number one choice to replace Whitfield!

The actor is said to have e-mailed a screen-test to the Starz head honchos last Friday, and the decision is now between him and Liam McIntyre, whom we're hearing may not have the muscular frame to convincingly portray the character!

Hmm. We definitely think Liam looks a lot more like Andy, but he definitely needs to be pretty jacked if he's going to be a gladiator, so we can understand why Dominic has been pulled in for consideration, as well!

This is a toughie!

What do U think?? Who should get the part??

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