The Season 1 finale of the new Starz show “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” saw Ande Cunningham‘s Duro, the younger of the two German Brothers, die in his brother Agron’s (Daniel Feuerriegel) arms.
“When it came time to play that scene when I die in his arms, it was unthinkably sad,” Ande tells Zap2it. “And what [Agron] was going through, to lose your little brother when you’re trying to protect him for so long. It was so sad, it was really a gift of a storyline.”
Despite being killed off in the season finale, Cunningham is still grateful for the part, which he received straight out of acting school. “It was kind of a dream job for me, a welcome change fom Shakespeare, although it’s kind of Shakespearean in the language. To run around with the sword and to step on to the set … your imagination just gets fired up, it’s just so beautiful and so real. It’s like you’re in ancient Rome.”
“[Duro] was a terrific character to be offered because amongst these super human gladiators, he’s the one that’s very vulnerable,” Cunningham continues. “He’s young and inexperienced and thinks he’s a lot stronger and a better fighter than he is. It really stood out to me.”
News recently broke that production on “Spartacus” Season 2 has been delayed indefinitely in the face of star Andy Whitfield, who plays Spartacus, being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In the meantime, a prequel may be in development, which could utilize a younger actor to play Spartacus while Whitfield recovers.
Cunningham, having died in the season finale, cannot appear in Season 2 but would be available for the prequel. He tells Zap2it in regards to the possible prequel, “No one’s had any word at the moment. So who knows? I’d love to go back, it was an incredible experience.”
What do you think guys? Would you like to see Ande Cunningham’s Duro back in the prequel?
Check out our second piece with Ande Cunningham where he talks about the rigorous training and what’s next for him.