Spartacus: Blood and Sand fans and Andy Whitfield fans alike were devastated when the actor passed away 18 months after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 39.
The popular star of the Starz series fought valiantly (“We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in Spartacus and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht at the time of Whitfield’s death), as you can see below in the moving trailer for a documentary about the actor’s battle, called Be Here Now.
Whitfield was given only a 25% chance for survival when his lymphoma came back, right before he was due to return to his hit show. He and his wife Vashti set out with filmmakers to explore his medical and alternative healing options, and the movie takes an unflinching look at one man’s struggle against illness.
The filmmakers, led by Lilibet Foster, now need to raise the last bit of funding to finish editing the film with the hope it will eventually get distribution and are asking fans to donate to the cause through Kickstarter. Take a look at the footage below for a sense of the project (but maybe keep some tissues nearby before you press play).