"Funnily enough, no. You’re taped up and anatomically incorrect – there’s no accidental sex happening on set, but all the same, it’s really exposing. Especially for the women. I think females are hardwired to protect that side of yourself, so that has never gotten easier. But nudity becomes easier. You just don’t notice it after a while, but sex – no. And not one actor has come in and found it a breeze."
-Spartacus: Gods of the Arena's Lucy Lawless on whether sex scenes get easier with time.
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Although Starz has not yet named the actor who will become their next Spartacus, the network is ready to unveil their newest gladiator series.
When lead Andy Whitfield first announced that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Starz execs made the decision to develop a Spartacus: Blood and Sand prequel while the actor received treatment. (Whitfield -- who was expected to return for Season 2 -- has since dropped out of the program altogether due to a recurrence of his cancer.)
Although it is unclear when Blood and Sand will return for Season 2, it appears Spartacus: Gods of the Arena -- featuring John Hannah (Batiatus) and Lucy Lawless (Lucretia) -- will have enough stadium and bedroom action to keep you occupied until then.
Gods of the Arena debuts on January 21.
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UPDATE: Starz has decided to recast the lead role.
Andy Whitfield’s long-anticipated return to Spartacus: Blood and Sand has been canceled altogether.
The actor, who was diagnosed back in March with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, had already been training for Season 2 of the Starz series. Although he was given a clean bill of health back in June, a recurrence of cancer will now require “aggressive treatment.”
“It’s with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as Spartacus‚ and all the wonderful people involved,” Whitfield, who played the title character, said in a statement. “It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far.”
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