Spartacus: To The Bitter End

By: Jase Peeples

And of course they’ve got you on a strict diet?
Oh yeah! But I’m on holiday right now, so I had some chocolate today – which was amazing. I don’t know if I want to see too many chickens straight after filming this last season though. I’m beginning to feel like I’ve been a part of some sort of chicken genocide. (Laughs)

Is there any friendly competition between you and the other actors in the training room?
Oh yeah, heaps! I remember last season being a skinny dude and training my butt off just hoping to get the role – and I haven’t stopped training since. I was worried if I stopped training for a second all that progress would disappear. So I’ve been training really hard and when I came into boot camp this year I said, “Dammit, I’m going to be good at this!” and I’ve tried to win at everything since. I haven’t done too badly. I’d say I’ve been competitive this year.

How does boot camp impact the cohesiveness of the cast?
I think training like this is one of the best ways to bring a cast together. We’re placed in an environment where failure isn’t an option, but that’s all they’re trying to get you to do, so you learn to work together, to fight together. It feels like the war we’re about to go through in the story. It’s very cool.

Will we see changes in your character this season?
Absolutely. He’s all business now. Spartacus has closed the chapter a bit on the story of his personal pain and now he’s tried to fully embrace his role as leader and the cause of freedom for the masses. I think that weighs heavier on him in some ways. He’s got to balance these lives he’s responsible for with being a General who inspires people to believe they can win a war that is, for all intents and purposes, impossible.

Are you comfortable being on a television series where the men are objectified more than the women?
(Laughs) Actually, it’s nice for a change.

A lot of gay fans will admit they started watching Spartacus for the eye-candy and became hooked by the rich characters and epic story. Can we expect more of the same in the final season?
You’re still going to get everything you’ve come to expect – violence, blood, sex, stylization, great storylines, and things like that – but they’ve really upped the stakes. It’s only going to be more interesting this time around because there’s a big war going on and that changes the criteria for everything about the show. They’ve taken a series that started as an upstairs, downstairs story, and evolved it into a Lord of the Ringssort of Battle Royale. It’s going to be very fresh and exciting, but it’s still Spartacus.

Can you give us any hints about how Spartacus will end?
I think by definition it’s going to be pretty heavy because all of these amazing stories you’ve followed for so long are going to come to a close. I don’t think it will end the typical way a TV series ends. Of course, you can Wikipedia Spartacus and find out what happened in history, but it’s one of those lucky histories where the details are vague so you can fill it with all the interesting plot-points you want. Every script that I’ve read has had something that surprised me. I think it’s going to wrap up in an exciting and unexpected way.

Catch the premiere of Spartacus: War of the Damned Friday, January 25 at 9PM on the STARZ network.

For more sword-swinging hotness, check out our photo gallery, Spartacus: Photos of the Damned.


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