Alright Folks the moment of TRUTH.....Spartacus: War of the Damned premiers this Friday on Starz @ 9pm ESTÖ.I guess when my Lucy Lawless threw herself off that Cliff with Spartacusís baby boy that was the end of that... The main reason I tuned in was to see my Lu-Lu (of course the Dick and Ass shots are always a plus)Ö..I still wonder if Spartacusís son survived that fall? The writers had to write that into the storyline for a reason.
Interview: Liam McIntyre Talks ĎSpartacus: War of the Damnedí
by Diane Panosian, Jan 22 2013
The final season of Spartacus: War of the Damned is upon us starting this Friday, January 25th on Starz. Last season we left off with Spartacus and his merry band of rebels facing the full might of the Roman army, which are as feisty as ever. I was lucky enough to sit down with the ruggedly handsome, chipper, and all around good guy to have in your corner if you happen to come across an army, Liam McIntyre. He shared some insight on the upcoming season.
The Flickcast: What has happened in the time between the ending of Vengeance and the start of this season, War of the Damned with Spartacusí team?
Liam McIntyre: A lot, theyíve been fighting legions of Romans, so youíll find everyone in a slightly different place. Spartacus is very much in commander mode, he doesnít take shit from anybody, pardon.
From last year searching for a way into that leadership role and who he really is in terms of this war that theyíve gone on, heís now very much that guy. Itís fun to play and difficult because you canít just play a commander, because heís boring. It is all [about] the relationships with all of the generals. Each one has a different dynamic with the other and keeps kind of a shifting sands kind of feeling.
When we open this season weíre doing well, things are going quite well and thatís not something that always happens. But, from there, if you read Wikipedia, things donít always pan out the way like Iíd imagine youíd want them to, certainly not from my characterís point of view, but itís the way those things happened.
TF: Can you tell us about any exciting scenes youíve filmed with Manu Bennett (Crixus) so far?
LM: Manu and I filmed some really, really energetic scenes just before we got on the plane [for this interview], some of the most dramatically tiring things Iíve done on the whole show. I wonít spoil the story because in reading it as an actor, Iíve loved just reading those stories and going ďOh, you didnít!Ē I feel like such a fanboy reading these scripts sometimes, just the way they twist relationships.
Crixus has got a fantastic storyline. The two different people that Crixus and Spartacus are was sort of hinted on in the first season when theyíre in the training square and they have that chat just before it all kicks off of how they could never be friends. That sort of really plays out under the stress and pressure of a war. Thatís a great thing to play as an actor.
TF: Will Spartacus have a love interest in the new season?
LM: Itís still Spartacus, so I donít rule anything out. But, for Spartacus, itís almost that very manly thing of trying to shut love out because you canít afford to let that in because of the history- everyone that touches him turns dead.
Heís now got a bigger cause so he canít distract himself with love anymore. He has to be cruel to be kind so that he can win a war. Thatís the job he has, but thatís difficult in itself. Trying to be the guy that doesnít feel is hard because by nature heís a good human being and thatís why heís on this journey at all. Thatís one of the things I love playing with is how a man tries to shut himself down and finds that he canít.
TF: How have you trained for the upcoming season?
LM: Well one of the fun things I did between seasons is I went and found this friend of mine that does circus. I reckon thereíd be some cool moves I could do like flips and somersaults and crazy- awesome moves that Spartacus doesnít do. I donít think youíll ever find him climb a roof and somersault off it and slice a guy in half. But, if he does, youíll know why.
Al Poppleton, the stunt coordinator, decided to mix it up a little bit and got on this whole military kick and just put us through all these marine style drills. Weíre running through parks with ďammo casesĒ and twenty kilo bags and weíre putting people on our shoulders and running back and commando crawling through things. Weíre trying to throw oranges into a box because itís a ďgrenadeĒ and if you hit the box you get five seconds off your time. He just finds a way to make things painful.
TF: Are you competitive with the other rebels in training?
LM: Yeah, thatís the best part because itís all timed and damned if I let Manu [Bennett] beat me on a time. Itís very friendly at the start then itís like ďGO! Letís do this!Ē It really is the best way to get a cast together. If you fight and struggle together and you really try to get each other through things, itís kind of like the story itself. Itís a story weíre kind of about to live anyway, where itís against impossible odds you got to try and find a way to get each other through things. Itís a good way to get people on the same page.
TF: Spartacus the series is known for its use of slick, bloody visuals and hyper-stylized shots. Have you had a chance to look at the visual effects shots this season?
LM: Weíve got new technology weíre using to film things with, which I havenít seen on a TV show before. I was extremely impressed by it, donít know how they did the R&D for it, but it should make some deaths unbelievably cool.
TF: How does it feel this season vs. last season?
LM: Itís different, so many things have changed. Weíre kind of ending this amazing history with this crazy legacy of so many ups and downs through the show and so many cool things. Itís also a little more comfortable because I know what to expect and I know what the situation is and I know how it works. So, itís a little bit more comfortable in some ways but still, no less epic.
Epic? Truer words were never spoken. As War of the Damned is the title of the final season, itís a good bet it will be all kinds of epic. Tune in Friday, January 25th on Starz to watch Spartacus take on a legion of angry honey badgers, err I mean Romans and enjoy.