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Be Here Now: Andy Whitfield's Legacy

8th June 2012

The late Andy Whitfield made a huge amount of fans during his time on Spartacus. Now his fans have a chance to give something back...

This isn't your average Impact news item. Normally we report on the latest action projects, who has been cast to do what and the result of those decisions.  Y'know...the fun stuff...

However this item is about a compeltely different project. Something... well, something a bit more important and long-lasting...  

Most action fans will be familiar with the Spartacus television series and how the drama on-screen was matched by the more personal variety off-screen. Original star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma during filming in 2010 and despite a remarkable battle with the cancer - and an initial appearance of going into remission - the cancer reappeared and he passed away on September 11th 2011.

What many people may not know is that during that difficult year, which saw him having to delay work on the show and then hand-over the Spartacus role to Liam McIntyre, Whitfield decided to chronicle his battle in a documentary, recounting and exploring the ups and downs of his treatment when the cancer reappeared, showing how he and family faced the news, explored the options they had and tried to raise awareness of the illness, specifics of treatment and the need for further funding.  The result - as seen in the preview below - isn't always easy-watching but it is as uplifting as it it sad and quite a powerful piece of work.

Whitfield and his wife Vashti got matching Be Here Now tattoos to define their attitude to the battle and the resulting documentary is named after that intent. Filming continued until just before Andy's death and the intent is now to complete the documentary as they always intended. However the documentary is around $200,000 short of being able to be fully funded and distributed and the team have initiated a Kickstarter project to make up the difference. A range of incentives are also included for bigger donations. Though not connected directly with the appeal, Impact  thinks this is an excellent project and is more than happy to spread the word on this worthy venture and asks you to post these details to your own blogs, Facebook pages and bulletin boards. Let's see if we can make a difference.

The link to the Kickstarter page is here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/426354716/be-here-now-the-andy-whitfield-story?ref=email

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