'Spartacus': Liam McIntyre Is a 'Massive' Geek
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Not all geeks like to dress up as Princess Leia or Mr. Spock. Some of them wear leather bikini bottoms. And at least one of those actually gets paid to do it.
"I've just had a long conversation about video games with people," says Australian actor Liam McIntyre. "It was fun."
Asked if this means he's a geek, McIntyre says, "Massive one."
McIntyre starred in the title role of the second and most recent season of Starz' sword-and-sandals epic series "Spartacus," entitled "Vengeance." He returns in January in the show's final season, called "War of the Damned."
But when he's not working out to maintain that gladiator physique or practicing his lines and fight moves, McIntyre heads out on a different sort of adventure.
"I've been playing a lot of 'Diablo' lately," he says. "I need to put it back in its box, so I can make another good season of 'Spartacus.' 'Diablo 3,' just came out. It's a role-playing game."
And your character is?
"It's Spartacus," McIntyre says with a hearty laugh. "It's a two-sword-wielding barbarian.
McIntyre even had a moment where his job and hobby came together.
"I got recognized buying a game in a GameStop," he says. "That was quite exciting. That's the first time it happened, too. It was amazing, to the point where I was pretty sure he wasn't talking to me, but he was still looking at me and asking the same question. 'Oh, me? Right. I'm in that show. That's why you want to talk to me. That makes sense.'"
Last but not least, "Star Trek" or "Star Wars"?
"Yeah, 'Star Wars.'"