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        28 January 2011

Interview with John Hannah by Maureen Ryan TV Squad

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.'

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