Maureen Ryan from TV Squad has interviewed John Hannah and the interview is now online on the TV Squad site:
Q&A Time: John Hannah Talks About the Past and Future of His 'Spartacus' Character
If you think 'Spartacus' is all about muscle-bound guys hacking each other's limbs off in the gladiator arena, think again. One of the most compelling things about the Starz drama, which returned Jan. 21 with a 6-episode prequel season, is John Hannah's fierce portrayal of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus, the owner of a ludus, or gladiator academy.
He is an ambitious, cunning, self-serving man, but thanks to Hannah's subtle performance, you end up rooting for Batiatus, who loves his wife dearly and just wants to succeed in a brutal, bloody world. I recently spoke to Hannah in Los Angeles about how the Scottish actor approached the version of the character seen in 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,' which takes place five years before the events of 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.'