Little-known Australian actor Liam McIntyre has been catapulted into the spotlight as the new Spartacus for the US Starz Network.
He replaces Andy Whitfield who was forced to withdraw to address non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
“It’s been the toughest thing,” he 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.
“As an actor, you never try to be someone else,” McIntyre said. “You can’t. I honestly think the reason I’ve got this far and now have got the role – I’d like to think I have the same soul as Spartacus, that Andy brought to it. But I guess it remains to be seen.”
“Beyond that, Andy’s Spartacus is always going to be Andy’s Spartacus, and I would never try and emulate that. Or try to be him. I think that should stand alone as his legacy.”
Steven S. DeKnight, the creator and producer spoke about the selection of McIntyre.
“We needed someone that not only had that gravity and that manliness that the hero requires,” he said, “but he also had to have a sympathy and a compassion that just radiates.”
“The way he delivered everything was spot on but he looked like Christian Bale from The Fighter.”
McIntyre’s TV credits include Neighbours, The Pacific, Rush and Sudden Impact and he features in the upcoming movie Frozen Moments.
Source: NY Times