Andy Whitfield Documentary ‘Be Here Now’ Explores Cancer And ‘Spartacus’

A documentary called Be Here Now by Academy Award-nominated Lilibet Foster (producer of Speaking In Strings) chronicling the months before Spartacus star Andy Whitfield‘s death should be coming out sometime after July 23.

The film, which follows Whitfield and his wife on a trip to India to explore alternate forms of treatment for the cancer that eventually killed him, recently reached its Kickstarter goal of $200,000. Camera crews tailed the pair for over a year, until September of 2011. 

Here’s a description:

“’Be Here Now’ is an inspiring feature documentary and love story, about the overnight sensation, actor and international sex symbol Andy Whitfield, who put the same determination and dedication that he brought to his lead role in the hit television show, ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand,’ into fighting life threatening cancer.”

I have a hard time grasping why Starz, HBO or Showtime didn’t opt to fund this from the start but maybe later they’ll partner up with the creators once the editing process is complete.

In the video below Andy says, “When I asked the oncologist what causes the disease I have, he said ‘no idea.’ I mean how do you fix something if you don’t know the cause?…I’ve just become fascinated with that question right now.”

It’s a pretty good indication of what to expect from Be Here Now. Not only is it telling the story of a very promising and beloved actor (and person), but it is raising awareness for a disease that affects millions of people a year.

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