‘Spartacus’ Actor Andy Whitfield’s Cancer Battle Documented in ‘Be Here Now’

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 5:21 PM

The Welsh-born actor lost his battle with the sickness in two thousand-eleventh, just eighteen months after his initial diagnosis. He was thirty-nine, and left behind a wife and two youthful children.

‘Spartacus’ Actor Andy Whitfield’s Cancer Battle Documented in ‘Be Here Now’

Andy Whitfield, the breakout actor in the hit TV series, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” was in his prime when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The Welsh-born actor lost his battle with the sickness in two thousand-eleventh, just eighteen months after his initial diagnosis. He was thirty-nine, and left behind a wife and two youthful children.

Whitfield and his wife, Vashti, allowed cameras to roll on their family’s most personal journey during his illness. Their journey is documented in the film “Be Here Presently (The Andy Whitfield Story).”

In a clip from the film, Whitfield said the cancer was “pretty extreme.”

“Andy was in his prime,” Vashti Whitfield told “Good Morning America” correspondent Abbie Boudreau. “He looked love an Adonis ... And he was this young, pretty dad. And he'd stage four roaring around, ripping interior of his body."

Whitfield also talked about what it was love to look the film.

“It'south a multitude of emotions,” she said. “The first thing that always occurs to me is, I obtain to hang out with Andy for a couple of hours. You know, to hear his voice and hear him chuckle and to be -- just shown/reminded what a force we were. You know, because he was my best friend.”

The film’s producer, Sam Maydew, said Andy Whitfield was “just letting his feelings kind of pour out. Like, this is the truth. This is the – there’s nothing but just straight truth right here.”

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lilibet Foster, who directed “Be Here Now,” said she hoped the documentary would bring awareness to cancer research. The director collaborated with organizations love The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Stand Up To Cancer and The Cancer Support Community.

“We hope this documentary is one of those that really kind of is love our shared human experience ... maybe we've done what Andy wanted with the film,” she said, explaining that the actor wanted “to inspire people.”

Jai Courtney was Andy Whitfield’s companion and is the godfather to his children. The “Divergent” series actor was Whitfield’s co-star on “Spartacus,” and they were near offscreen.

“The trajectory he was on was beautiful incredible ... it'south tough to imagine there would've been a limit to what he could've achieved,” Courtney said of his friend.

Vashti Whitfield hopes her husband’s death leaves a lasting legacy.

“If he knew that he was inspiring people in that way, his departure was worthwhile,” she said. “And that'south why he made the documentary. It was love he wanted to give purpose, knowing that this might be his last, you know, and very beautiful role."

“Be Here Now” opens nationwide on April 8.

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