Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story), the documentary that followed Spartacus star Andy Whitfield’s fight with cancer, is collaborating with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to spread awareness of blood cancers — including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which Whitfield died from in 2011. The organization will hold film screenings hosted via Tugg’s distribution platform to raise funds. This news dovetails with theatrical release of the film that begins Friday in New York, April 15 in Los Angeles and then nationwide. Directed by Lilibet Foster, the docu features Whitfield along with his wife Vashti Whitfield, actor Jai Courtney and other Spartacus and Spartacus: Blood And Sand castmembers. It won the Best Documentary Award at last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival.
Whitfield’s cancer battle was followed closely by his Spartacus fans, who were able to contribute to the docu via Kickstarter. He got his big break when he was cast as the title character on Spartacus: Blood And Sand, but was diagnosed during a routine checkup in March 2010 just before production on Season 2 was to begin. Production was put on hold while Whitfield underwent treatment. He eventually went into remission and was days away from starting filming on Season 2 when his cancer came back. The Spartacus role was eventually recast with Liam McIntyre.
Check out an exclusive clip above and click here to learn more about the fundraising.