'Be Here Now' Goes Inside the Life of Andy Whitfield

The documentary tells the story of the "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" star and his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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A late star's powerful legacy, spartacus actor Andy Whitfield's life is being celebrated in a new documentary. A candid look at his fight for survivoral on and off screen. Here's Abbie Boudreau. Reporter: He was the breakout actor in the STARZ hit TV show "Spartacus." I am spartacus. But in 2010, rising star Andy Whitfield found himself battling a new foe, cancer. This is huge. I ended up being diagnosed with non-hodgkin's lymphoma and it was pretty extreme. Andy was in his prime. He looked like an Adonis. He was this young, beautiful dad and he had stage four roaring around, ripping inside of his body. Be here now. It's all about being present and not fearing what you don't know. In the new film "Be here now" Andy and his wife vashti allowing cameras to roll during his inspiring journey battling lymphoma. What is it like to watch the film. It's a multitude of emotions. The first thing that occurs with me I get to hang out with Andy for a couple of hour, hear his voice and chuckle and be shown, reminded what a force we were. He's just letting his feelings kind of pour out like this is the truth. This is -- there's nothing but just straight truth right here. Oscar nominated director lillibet foster hoping the film released nationwide today brings awareness to cancer research. We hope it really kind of is like our shared human experience. Perhaps we've done what Andy wanted with the film which is -- which is to inspire people and especially would say get off their butts. Reporter: Jai Courtney of "Divergent" series fame and upcoming film "Suicide squad." They say we're the crazy ones. Reporter: Was Whitfield's co-star on "Start cuss" and close friend offerscreen as well. The trajectory he was on was pretty incredible and tough to imagine there would have been a limit. Reporter: Vashti hoping his death will league a legacy. If he knew he was inspiring people in that way his departure was worthwhile and that's why he maid the documentary. He wanted to give purpose knowing that this might be his last and very beautiful role. For "Good morning America," Abdelhamid abaaoud, ABC news, Los Angeles. Looks very powerful and "Be here now" opens today.

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