Actor Andy Whitfield fought for his survival both on and off
As Spartacus on the Starz series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Whitfield embodied the enslaved
gladiator, who later became a hero and leader of the rebellion against the
Shortly following the first season, the actor -- on the edge
of international fame -- started experiencing a lot of pain. Whitfield would
later find out he had cancer and only six months to live.
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With the help of his wife, Vashti, the actor shifted his
battle off screen in hopes of rising above defeat.
In the documentary, Be
Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story), Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lilibet
Foster chronicles Whitfield’s journey as he and his wife try to inspire
others amid his own battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The actor died on Sept.
11, 2011, just 18 months after his initial diagnosis.
ETonline has your first look at the new film, which will be
in select theaters in New York on April 8 and in Los Angeles on April 15. Be Here Now is finally hitting theaters
in larger part thanks to fans who funded the film on Kickstarter, making it the
third most successful documentary campaign on the crowd-sourcing site.
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"Not only did we become best mates," Jai Courtney, Whitfield's Spartacus co-star, told ET about raising money for the documentary. "He took me under his wing and help shape the foundation of my career, something of which I’m eternally grateful."
Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story) will open in select theaters on April 8 in New York and April 15 in Los Angeles. The film will be available nationwide via BeHereNowFilm.com and TUGG on April 15.