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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Film documenting ‘Spartacus’ star Andy Whitfield’s cancer battle needs funds

Andy Whitfield. (Alberto E. Rodriguez - GETTY IMAGES)
“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” star Andy Whitfield died last September after an 18-month battle with lymphoma. He was just 39.

During that time, the Welsh actor allowed cameras to document his treatment, both traditional and not, and his home life for a film now named “Be Here Now.”

The documentary, directed by Oscar nominee Lilibet Foster, began soliciting funds to complete the project through a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month, as People reported.

Through kickstarter.com, the filmmakers have raised just over $177,000 of their $200,000 goal, thanks to 3,165 backers. The project must be funded by July 23, according to the site.

“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,” a description of the film on Kickstarter says. “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.”

Watch a trailer for the documentary, which contains NSFW language, here.

By  |  10:13 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Andy Whitfield

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