All men face the threat of death, but the Spartacus: Vengeance cast has faced it on a regular basis through their characters on the show.
Going into the epic finale Friday (10/9c, Starz), we asked the actors to reflect on what it must have been like to be placed in Spartacus' sandals and had them weigh in on two very important subjects:
1. If you were dropped into the gladiators' arena, what would be your ultimate weapon of choice?
2. Who would you pick as your wingman in the arena?
Lucy Lawless as "Lucretia"
Weapon: I would have that fabulous weapon that that guy had in Drive, where he had that stiletto knife with some sort of nerve agent on it that totally put them to sleep immediately. But I would want it on a pike because... a staff would give you such an advantage. I'd have a lethal staff.
Wingman: I'd take Marissa Jaret Winokur from Hairspray because we might lose but we'd have a bloody wild time doing it. Just a bit of razzle dazzle. We'd do showtunes and sashay out of the arena. I met Marissa doing Broadway doing Grease together.
Dustin Clare as "Gannicus"
Weapon: Mine would be probably a teleporter to get the hell out.
Wingman: It would be Gannicus No. 2, my stunt double, Jacob Tomuri.
Viva Bianca as "Ilithyia"
Weapon: Wow. I think my weapon of choice would be nunchucks (nunchaku) like Michelangelo had in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Wingman: Spartacus for sure. Or maybe Ganny.
Manu Bennett as "Crixus"
Wingman: As any diehard Spartacus fan knows, Cossutius is the ultimate wingman.
Katrina Law as "Mira"
Weapon: I want a tommy gun and I want to be dead center so I can just go around in a circle and take everybody out.
Wingman: It would probably be Marlon Brando ,when he was younger like in A Streetcar Named Desire or On the Waterfront. Yeah, without the shirt on, preferably fixing something in the background like with a hammer in his hand. And then, occasionally standing up and having to rub my shoulders. And then like going back to doing something manly, and like looking off into the distance — maybe holding a baby.
Peter Mensah as "Oenomaus"
Weapon: A jet pack to get out of there. There are no true winners in the arena!
Wingman: John Hannah. He could keep everyone laughing while I find my way out!
Cynthia Addai-Robinson as "Naevia"
Weapon: If I didn't have my sword, I'd have to go with any weapon that looks cool in slow-mo, like a whip with metal spikes or something. I may not be the strongest one in the arena, but everyone looks awesome in slow-mo!
Wingman: Crixus, of course! As long as he doesn't get in my way, then everything will be fine
Ellen Hollman as "Saxa"
Weapon: Could I say something along the lines of a velociraptor? Oh wait, you know what? I'd say a half-starved sabertooth tiger on a very delicate rope.
Wingman: The Egyptian, hands down. Who do you think I stole the reverse-grip double daggers from? You may or may not see a hand-off in the finale. Saxa's a little bit of a thief and an opportunist. She's had her eye on the Egyptian's daggers since his first appearance.
Steven DeKnight, series creator
Weapon: I would have to say a spear because I'd want to be as far away as possible. Or the trident and net. You know what, I'd like to think that Spartacus has brought respectability to the trident and net.
Wingman: Game of Death Bruce Lee.
Are you ready for the finale? What's your weapon and wingman of choice?
The Spartacus: Vengeance finale airs Friday, March 30 at 10/9c on Starz.