Keeping limber is essential for Spartacus' numerous battle and boudoir scenes, but American actress Ellen Hollman also had to exercise her foreign language skills to play the new warrior woman Saxa.
"It's not just a fighting role and a physical role, but also one that requires fluent German. They failed to mention both of those aspects when I was reading for it," Hollman tells TVGuide.com. When Hollman heard that casting director Paul Weber had just returned from Hamburg, she made a comment in German. "He was like, 'Wait, you speak German?' I said, 'What do you think 'Hollman' is?'"
"I am Spartacus."
Newcomer Liam McIntyre pronounces these iconic words in Spartacus: Vengeance, which returns to Starz for its second season on Friday at 10/9c. In a way, the Aussie is proclaiming the new regime, both as the slave who won his freedom and as the actor who stepped into Spartacus' shoes after Andy Whitfield had to exit because of lymphoma. (Whitfield died in September.)
McIntyre: Andy Whitfield's death was the "saddest day" on the Spartacus set
Liam McIntyre was working on the set of Spartacus the day that he learned that his predecessor Andy Whitfield had succumbed to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last fall. Whitfield first filled the title role of Starz's bloody gladiator drama.
"It's probably the saddest thing I ever had to be part of," McIntyre told critics Friday at the network's winter previews...
Bloodshed and bare bodies will return to Starz in January.
The network announced Thursday that the second season of its hit sword-and-sandal series, Spartacus: Vengeance, will premiere Friday, Jan. 27 at 10/9c.
Andy Whitfield may not have attended the Spartacus: Vengeance panel at Comic-Con on Friday, but his presence was still felt by fans and former castmates who missed his performance as the iconic slave on the first season of the Starz sword-and-sandal drama. The actor had dropped out of the series to battle non-Hodgkin lymphoma...