Family and friends of the late Spartacus star Andy Whitfield are asking his fans to help fund his final film.
The hunky actor, who played the legendary gladiator in the HBO series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and died last September at age 39.
As RadarOnline.com reported, the actor left behind his wife Vashti and two children, Jesse and Indigo.
Whitfield wanted to help others by documenting his fight with cancer so he asked director Lilibet Foster to film his journey. The result was intimate footage of Whitfield as he tried to beat the odds.
“Andy believed that documenting his fight might helps others,” Vashti tells the Daily Mail.
Whitfield was diagnosed with his cancer in early 2010 and after six chemotherapy sessions, he was declared cancer free. As he was to begin filming the second season of Spartacus, a routine medical revealed the disease had returned. A year later Whitfield was dead.
Now his fans are being urged to help preserve his legacy by helping bring his documentary to the screen. The filmmakers have turned to Kickstarter – the fundraising platform for creative projects.
The organization will only help fund Be Here Now if $200,000 is pledged by July 23. They have just 29 days to raise roughly $50,000 to meet their goal or the movie won’t get made.
“The more people who participate, the more ability we will have to get Andy’s story out to as many people as possible,” the filmmakers say.