Each year, the cast and stunt performers of the Spartacus get together a month before shooting and begins their brutal weeks of boot camp.
They have to get themselves into Gladiator shape, prepare for the extensive action sequences and get camera ready for their, you know, nude scenes.
“Spartacus Boot Camps are famous now for pushing you to your absolute limits,” says star Liam McIntyre. “This year they found a new level with military inspired training. I’ve never been so fit in my whole life. This boot camp will kick your ass. This year it kicked it twice.”
“Meticulous choreographing is necessary to ensure the safety of the actors performing the stunts,” says stunt coordinator Allan Poppleton, who has overseen each of the “Spartacus” boot camps. “For four weeks, we work the cast to the point of exhaustion, combining cross training elements- everything from cardio, basic gymnastics, foot and movement work, unarmed combat, body awareness, reactions, weaponry, and functional cross fit circuits.”
While this is one of the most difficult processes for an actor to go through, the results are incredibly satisfying, as bodies are literally transformed into machines. “Lean and mean is the result required” says Poppleton, “but it also helps form an amazing bond between myself, the actors and stunt performers.”
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