Chronicle of 'Spartacus' star's cancer battle

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 11:04 AM Written by 

Andy-Whitfield1Here's a film that, if made, is sure to get "Spartacus" fans choked up. There's now a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of a documentary film called "Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story."

The film will be a chronicle of Whitfield's battle against cancer; a fight he lost last September.

"Be Here Now" is shown as a tatoo on Whitfield's right arm.

"'Be Here Now' is all about being present and not fearing what you don't know," Whitfield says in a trailer for the documentary.

Watch the trailer after the jump. ...

"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" co-star Jai Courtney, who was in Pittsburgh last year for a role in the Tom Cruise movie "One Shot," introduces the trailer used to garner funding for a full documentary via Kickstarter.

From the film's "About This Project" section on Kickstarter:

“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.

This is Andy's story, but it also about having the courage to make your dreams come true, tackling your fears and living in the present, despite the potential outcome. This film is for anyone who has ever faced a challenge in their lives.

Andy Whitfield, in the prime of his life, had just realized his dream of becoming an international star, when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Before now, he and his eloquent and charismatic wife, Vashti, had combined their will power to make every success in their lives happen, including Andy’s transformation from an engineer into an actor and sex symbol. Overwhelmed when they heard that the best medical treatment the world had to offer would only give him a 25% chance for survival, they set their sites on beating cancer by making a promise in matching “Be Here Now” tattoos, to take Andy’s healing into their own hands and live life in the present, not in the shadows, every step of the way.

Not knowing what would happen, Andy invited a camera to follow him throughout his journey as he explores both medical and alternative healing option in Australia, New Zealand and India. This unprecedented access and his openness and honesty gives the audience an intimate look into his personal life, that is rarely shared, especially by a celebrity. It was Andy’s hope that by opening his story up to a documentary, he might help or inspire others facing similar challenges, while pushing to accelerate the pace of cancer research around the world.

What he did not anticipate was that the story would also capture his, and his family’s, determination, love, infectious humor and self-affirming attitudes. And, as everyone goes through their own transformations over the course of the film, “Be Here Now” transcends the subject of cancer and becomes a universal life-lesson about living fearlessly, going for your dreams, embracing each moment and living in the present – despite the potential outcome.

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