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Andy Whitfield Respect Thread


I loved this show from the get-go. I judged it as a premium-cable series, not as a movie. I saw the influence of 300 in it, and was more than okay with it; but what grabbed me was the casting of Andy Whitfield as Spartacus. I’ve not seen him in other roles. I don’t know what kind of acting range he had; but he fit this role like a glove fits a hand: dynamic, physical, vulnerable, likeable and altogether human. He MADE this show. He had a wonderful supporting cast, no two ways about it. They all gelled into something special. Do you know what I’ve noticed? I’ve noticed that, when a band is playing with an OUTSTANDING singer or maybe lead musician (Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton etc.), they don’t bring their A game. They bring their A+ game. They rise above themselves and they BRING IT, because they feel the energy of their Lead. Andy Whitfield put this show on the freaking map, like Connery did with the James Bond series. He fought his cancer bravely. He succumbed. We grieved, or I did, at least. He was a hero, and he set an example of courage for us all, even outside of the arena! The fact that the series ran for THREE MORE SEASONS after Andy was in it, the fact that the network and show runners created a “vamping” second season prequel story (in the hope that Andy would beat his cancer and be able to return) that was pretty damned entertaining and gave us the backstory on the ludis, and the fact that the series completed its narrative in a total of four seasons starring Liam McIntire as a replacement for Andy, who had the nuggets and personal integrity to step into a role where he knew he would always be perceived as inferior, but did so anyway, and delivered! are facts that show how much we lost by Andy’s passing, and also show how much we gained by his presence.

I hope that you will share your thoughts and feelings about Andy Whitfield. We need all the hero/ines we can get.

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I decided to watch this show because I was impressed with Andy Whitfield's acting in the trailer. He brought a deep intensity to that role which couldn't be duplicated so I stopped watching when they hired a new actor. Very sad and unfortunate what happened to him. It's always a loss to the fans when a person who has mastered his or her craft passes too early.

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Yes, it makes us wonder what could have been had they been allowed to live. My favorite singer is Eva Cassidy, who was also taken by cancer at the age of 32. The quality of her voice, her enormous vocal range, the manifest love in her heart were all staggering, but her GREATEST gift was her phrasing. Sinatra was the king of phrasing, but he was only at most a footstep ahead of young Eva. Phrasing improves with age. So does acting. “Of all the words of tongue and pen/The saddest are these ‘It might have been.’” But how glorious it nonetheless was!

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I never heard of Eva Cassidy so I searched on youtube. What an amazing voice! I noticed that many people discovered her after she died. The one positive thing is that artists can leave a legacy of their work for people to enjoy after they're gone.

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She was COMPLETELY undiscovered while she was alive. She couldn’t get a record deal! Why not? Because the record companies couldn’t fit her into a pat category. She sang everything: jazz, pop, country, folk, blues, Motown and Gospel. It was the posthumous release of her album Songbird that brought her the love she deserved all along. On that album was Eva’s version of Somewhere, Over The Rainbow. She turned it into a thing of such beauty that people were calling radio stations, DEMANDING they play it. Eva’s is a tragic but also inspiring story: she never had any kind of publicity, never went to rehab, was not part of any scandal, didn’t have an agent. All she had was sheer, freaking, transcendent talent, and has sold millions and millions of records as a result. Someone once joked that, today, the music business would release a copy of her answering machine tapes, if they had them.

So you’re right about recordings. They allow us to keep enjoying their gifts for all time. Enjoy her.

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You are definitely right about the role of Spartacus and Andy Whitfield. He was made to play that role and he was perfection. I watched that first season recently and he so carried that show, not to slight the other actors/actresses, they were all great, but Andy was outstanding! It was sad to see him pass away and not get to finish this project.

I absolutely do not slight Liam McIntire, I feel he grew into that role and by the final season, it was his and he was good. And I praise him as well for taking such a difficult role knowing he would forever be compared to Andy. That couldn't have been easy.

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