Simon Merrells who played Crassus – the richest man in the Roman Republic who brought Spartacus to his eventual demise – was interviewed on SKY Radio on Monday and was recorded as saying if there were to be a Caesar spin-off show now that Spartacus has died, he would âbe in there like a shot.â?
Is Spartacus done and dusted then? Will it come back in any way shape or form.. Can you give us some sort of hope?
âWell, youâre asking a mere actor â and obviously the makeup girls and the cleaners will find out before me. There has been rumbles about a spin-off, ah, a Caesar spin-off which could or could not involve my character Crassus, certainly historically they went on for a while. I have no idea to be honest, you hear rumbles but Steven De Knight and Starz are the people who would be talking about that.â?
On Spartacus – Have you been surprised itâs got as popular as it has got?
Simon Merrells said: âIâm not surprised really because there were three seasons before I joined and when I auditioned and then got the job I did a lot of research and became, and became very impressed with it and then found out that it had this enormous fan base, which I wasnât surprised by it because itâs a fairly unique show, thereâs nothing quite like it on TV.
I think The Guardian said âNo show takes its remit to entertain as fully and as seriously as Spartacusâ? and Iâd go along with that. No Iâm not surprised, itâs a worldwide phenomenon – massive in the states. Here (UK) itâs got a big fan base, itâs more a culty thing here I think but itâs certainly grown over the years.â?
You must have enjoyed working on Spartacus?
âOh my god, yeah, job of a lifetime – fantastic experience right from the word go from being trained in boot camp which was painful but a wonderful experience, the peerless stunt team run by Al Poperton, those guys trained us all â got us all up to scratch. I think I lost about 9kg in three and a half weeks. And then thereâs the double sword training, the stunt training, I learnt to ride â it was such an experience, I had the time of my life.â?
Would you work with them again?
Absolutely, they are a lovely bunch of people and Iâd be in there like a shotâ?