It wasn't that long ago when Starz announced that the star of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," Andy Whitfield, was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, the network promised to wait for him to get better, but in September, the actor passed away.
It turns out that upon learning of his condition, Whitfield and his wife enlisted Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lilibet Foster to capture his life and treatment on film for a documentary, called "Be Here Now."
The actor is shown playing with his two kids on a beach and decorating their Christmas tree. Cameras also followed him as he underwent chemotherapy treatments, shaved his head and sought alternative medicines and healing practices. And at times, it looked like treatment was working.
Whitfield often spoke into the camera, as tears rolled down his face. "In my heart, I am convinced that this is all meant to be," he said. "I'm supposed to be her right now and I'm open to the journey and the discoveries and adventures of all of this."
Producers have now launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the remaining $200,000 needed to finish the documentary, which is narrated by Jai Courtney, Whitfield's "Spartacus" co-star and best friend. Watch a six-minute video from the documentary below, and click here to donate money.
But unlike poor Andy that didn't have the choice to lose his life and be taken from his family, Whitney just killed herself with a minimum $7mil worth of blow and other drugs... although, I'm not judging.
@BadChad: Knowing how it feels, I can only sympathize with you. God bless her soul. I don't wish to bring anything up about it but it's just too much for me.
Also, I remember an article from a serious reporter with black & white photos of a young male child being treated for his leukeamia in the hospitals. The child begged to die as he couldn't bare the pain from the inhuman treatment of chimiotherapy. The pictures broke my heart literally and left me with so much sadness & anger: why, just why does it have to be like that. I still have in God but that will be my first question to Him.
I thought on that particular moment,IF only that child's life could be exchanged with my life, I would do it on that precise moment in a split second. Knowing full well I would have left my motherr & my woman behind. I just can't stand that. I've witnessed too much misery in my life and I still ask to this day why am I here.
@mink - at least he used his position and celebrity to bring the story to those maybe oblivious (because they don't know anyone personally or their family that have suffered) to the effects of Cancer, and its ripple-effect to those around it. I think it's a story worth telling.
Mr. Blondewrites: on June 15th, 2012 at 5:19:34 PM
@Bullit & Badchad - sorry for your losses. I can relate to your experiences as I lost my Mother-in-Law to cancer. Watching her go through 3 months of agony, her physical appearance deteriorating each day, her spirits diminished, her smile and look in her eyes fading away - it was a lot to bear. I remember being by her side upon her deathbed and whispering to her that she didn't have to worry as I would be there to take care of the family. Cancer leaves a devastating blow to the family of the survivors. I can see why Andy's wife and good friend wants to complete this doc*mentary as a posthumous tribute. He was great in Spartacus and will be missed.
@Ranger - agree, it is a real life story worth telling.
@Mink - It's posts like that, that show how ignorant you are. You're the joker. Andy Whitfield was the champion of Capua! You're a 40-year old virgin who excessively masturbates and has no friends. He chose to make the doc*mentary himself you stupid f*ck, if you want to shed light on the 7 million other people get off your ass (in between your jerk sessions) and do something yourself!
BadChadB33writes: on June 15th, 2012 at 7:43:33 PM
"He chose to make the doc*mentary himself you stupid f*ck"
Actually, psycho, the doc*mentary isn't even finished, which is why they need the 200 grand, which was my entire objection; you know, make a doc*mentary on St Jude's or something, or donate the money to cancer research, where's it's REALLY needed, because I don't f*cking think we need a 'doc*mentary', starring some actor, on f*cking cancer given it's like the number one killer in America and pretty much the most well-known 'disease' in history, so perhaps it is you who's the ignorant one, oh 22 year old know-nothing faggot.
Go f*ck a boy or two, kid, and relieve some of that self-hating stress. Oh: And sorry I insulted your dead boyfriend.
@ Mink You sit and write smart ass, condescending sh*t on every post on this website. Dude get a f*cking life. Do you even realize how stupid you sound saying this guy deserves to die? That's sad that you get hard writing on a f*cking movie website, sh*t talking other people. You must live a sad, sad life my friend.
Cancer sucks, it is a shame to see someone who was young, successful, and with a family and little children die after struggling so hard to survive the chemo and radiation treatments. Definitely want to watch the film and see his struggles and maybe learn something. Many of my family members died from cancer and it was always a painful way to go, sometimes I think the chemo and radiation did more harm than good since they died just as quickly and in terrible agony.
This doc*mentary is about what a young person, full of life, goes through with cancer mentally, physically to not only them but their family and friends.
One has got to believe this film in the making has no ego, no sulking or goal to depress. It is a testament to life..it's a "get busy living or get busy dying", kinda film that reminds what is truly important in a busy or oblivious life. I know that it's easy to be cynical about always waiting for the pretentious, ego driven or hidden agenda to anything to come out, but this is a "journey" (as he calls it) of a tragedy of that just so happens to occur an actor on the rise that is putting a face to cancer & reminding that it can happen to anyone-ANYONE. Even people that you see in your home weekly on your TV..to remind the couch potato generation, what life is really about..living, loving, and trying to survive whatever life throws at you. I think this is what in essence this doc*mentary means...
Whitfield is making the best of what he has & goes through, using what he knows more about and makes his living in--storytelling in the media/ entertainment and making his life have one last purpose in helping others in reminding to raise awareness, even if in the face of death.
I've read from this site for a few years now and have yet to join because of some of the trolls like you. You are utter trash. I had Hodgkin's disease 10 years ago and beat it while raising 3 children by myself, I'm also one of those Faggots you like to spout off about and love to use the term to put people down. You're a piece of s*** lowlife who sits home all day posting hate on a movie website. I hope you get cancer, and then ass raped while you are going through chemo and radiation you worthless piece of sh*t.
@mink-thats f*cked up. Just because hes a effing star doesn't mean a thing-He suffered and he died-Its spreading awareness-my mom is still fighting cancer but people would rather watch this story than my moms, obviously- Spartacus was diagnosed after my mom, and he kinda gave us hope...now the morning i found out he died from this site made us feel pretty sh*tty-its sad, and the fact that he allowed people to film him while he was at his lowest is brave and embarrassing-effing sad
Use some money to help fund a doc*mentary and spread global awareness about cancer and show it through the eyes of famous actor making it more relevant. Also make it personal because it is a personal story/journey.
I'm all game for this. And if the filmmakers were to do the right thing (to please people like mink), release the film online, for free. Or at least charge money, at which some profits go to a cancer foundation.
I doubt anyone would pay to see a movie about a guy dying. They'll probably make this and sell it to the movie channel, or run it on TV with the ads paying for it's time slot. I'd be really surprised to see this get distribution into theaters. As for selling it online... people that their beer and condom budgets (PlasticMan has to