Liam McIntryre To World: “I Am Spartacus.”
While he has the acting chops, producers didn't find his skinny frame very gladiator-ish, so he was asked to bulk up a bit. I hope that request didn't hurt his feelings. The fact that McIntyre is Australian shouldn't be a distraction to anyone who actually thinks that Spartacus looked like Kirk Douglas and not more like Vin Diesel.
Spartacus, despite being in pay-cable limbo over at Starz, amassed some pretty respectable ratings its freshman season, so the casting decision was a bigger decision than many realize. No premiere date for season two of Spartacus: Blood and Sand has been set yet, but production is set to begin in early spring with McIntyre stepping in as the legendary slave.