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BE HERE NOW (2015): Andy Whitfield’s Documentary Inspires & Reminds

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Be Here Now Trailer. Lilibet Foster‘s Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story (2015) movie trailer has been released. Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story‘s plot synopsis: “As though life is imitating art, actor and sex-symbol, Andy Whitfield, had just become a star as the lead in the hit television series,’Spartacus,’ when he is faced with his biggest personal challenge – life-threatening cancer.

‘Be Here Now’ is a feature documentary that follows him on his dramatic journey to cure himself. Confirmed in matching affirmative tattoos, he and his charismatic wife and their two children, commit to taking Andy’s healing into their own hands and living life fully, not in the shadows of the disease. Each step tests their limits and strength of character, while revealing their tenderness, humor and determination. And, as each person goes through their own transformations, the film becomes an inspiring and universal story of courage, love and resilience.”

Andy Whitfield was a great actor. I had no idea who he was until I saw the first episode of Sparatus: Blood and Sand. A quarter of the way through the first season I was sold on the show, Andy, and the character he was bringing to life. Seeing a character created before your eyes is nothing new but Sparatus was different and that was due in large part to Andy but also to how well the character was written.

When I heard Andy had cancer I was shocked but I had hopes that he would beat the disease and return to the part that had made his a star. Starz took that bet as well, delaying the filming of second season of Spartacus and creating a prequel series instead. This was unprecedented at the time and I haven’t heard of something like this happening since. Starz really believed in Andy, the rest of the cast, and the show. Starz respected their audience to the degree that they would halt production and wait on Andy yet give the other actors and fans what they were crazing – more of the world of Spartacus. It worked. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena was a great prequel series, well-received by fans, and it did well in the ratings.

When Andy showed up at the 2010 San Diego Comic-con to an ovation by the audience, apparently victorious in his battle with cancer, everyone was happy and looked forward to his return to Spartacus but that was not to be. Andy got sick again and it became clear he would not be able to return to the role of Spartacus. Another well-qualified actor (Liam McIntyre) took his place as Spartacus until the series conclusion.

I miss having the opportunity to see what Andy would have accomplished in his acting career.

Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story (reviewed here) shows Andy fans what went on behind-the-scenes as the actor fought against what ultimately took his life.

Watch the Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story movie trailer and leave your thoughts on it below in the comments section. For more trailers, visit our Movie Trailer Page, our Movie Trailer Twitter Page, our Movie Trailer Facebook Page, our Movie Trailer Google+ Page, and consider subscribing to us by Email, “following” us on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ or “liking” us on Facebook for quick updates. Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story will be released in NY through Be Here Now Productions and TUGG on April 8, 2016 and in LA and nationwide on April 15, 2016.

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