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'Spartacus' Star Talks Bulking Up For The Role on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 25th 2011 4:40PM
Liam McIntyre of 'Spartacus' on 'Access Hollywood Live'The Starz show 'Spartacus' is filled with heavily muscled warriors wearing very little to hide their physiques. Monday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), 'Spartacus' stars Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless and Manu Bennett talked about the series, and McIntyre discussed having to bulk up to take over the title role from Andy Whitfield, who was forced to leave the show due to a recurrence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"I had to work out non-stop," said McIntyre. Host Kit Hoover asked if she could describe McIntyre as "skinny" when he won the role. "You can say 'skinny' because that's very accurate. I had lost 20 kilos, which in pounds is about, 45 pounds. It was like a fifth of my body weight or something. And then I had to put it back on plus muscle, and that was just non-stop training. And it's not as fun as they make it look in all those late night videos."

McIntyre had to work to catch up with Bennett, who plays Crixus, one of the other leaders of the slave rebellion along with Spartacus. "He's eye candy for everybody," said McIntyre. "Even for me. Look at this guy, he's a specimen." Billy Bush agreed, saying he would never allow Bennett to be cast opposite his wife.

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