Sexed up Kiwi show Spartacus premiers in US
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:00p.m.
By Ali Ikram
Spartacus: Blood and Sand certainly has plenty of blood, it's also has sand but the sand has to take a backseat to the sex, yes indeed the show is promising more breasts than a KFC catering pack
“There's always something going on in the sex scenes, it's not about the sex, business is being transacted somebody's being manipulated,” says Spartacus star Lucy Lawless.
“It would be silly to shy away from human nature; sex was a big part of roman life - there was no television.”
But even Lucy Lawless admits to finding the finished product shocking, in short it is being billed as the most explicit show ever to screen on conventional TV – orgies, beheadings and pubic wigs on set to cover actors modesty.
New Zealanders Craig Parker along with the suitably rippling Manu Bennett, and Lesley Anne Brandt also star in the show.
Filmed entirely in a studio in Auckland the visual style apes stylised sword and sandals epic, 300.
It tells the story of a Roman slave turned gladiator who is fighting his way to be reunited with his wife.
Andy Whitfield, who plays Spartacus, says the story offers a lot of freedom.
“What's good about the history of Spartacus is no one knows what really happened, so we've got a lot of leeway to tell a story and make it really meaty and really get into the characters,” he says.
But the show looks less about the actors getting into character, and more about the characters getting into each other - whether it's in the bedroom or the colosseum.
The salacious stories from the set certainly haven't hurt Spartacus, while the first of the 13 episodes filmed so far is yet to go to air - another season has already been commissioned.
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1/01/2012 6:13:50 p.m.
i good good yes....
22/04/2011 4:05:19 p.m.
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30/04/2010 5:55:22 a.m.
i want to see this clip and enjoy plz
18/04/2010 1:56:19 a.m.
Soooo, when's this film that has NZ actors and was filmed in NZ meant to be screening in NZ? I always find it particularly insulting when these shows get filmed here, use actors from NZ, but get realeased in America and not here.Come on TV3, air the damned thing, unless you want prime or one to get this like those channels got Rome and True Blood.
9/04/2010 12:36:07 p.m.
Already started watching the show. Its awesome! It gets better as it go's! Lucy Lawless is amazing! Good to see an actual good show with decent kiwi actors!! 8 out of 10 stars from me! New Zealand will love it!
25/02/2010 8:49:29 p.m.
Random Kiwi wrote:
In response to the previous comment. Corey, please stay in New York, Sydney or London, in fact, anywhere but NZ.
2/02/2010 1:17:40 a.m.
Cory NZ wrote:
hahahaha this isent a NZ Show its American just filmed here.. This is annoying me i read the other day the whintey huston canceled her 2 australian shows to come to NZ wich is infact a lie the only reason she is comeing here is cause Australia had to cancel the show due to conflict with An ACDC concert im sick of KIWI's trying to make our country sound good when it's boaring and dirty ive been around the world and i didn't want to leave New York, Sydney or london The three best Cities in the world.
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