‘Spartacus’ Star Manu Bennett Talks Playing Deathstroke On ‘Arrow’ [PHOTOS]

January 30th, 2013 // 2 Comments

Spartacus fan favorite Manu Bennett has been cast in a major role in The CW’s breakout superhero drama.

Bennett, best known as Sparty’s right-hand man and sometimes adversary on the Starz action series, is playing Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke on Arrow.

Previously playing a gladiator, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to play the ruthless mercenary, right? Bennett spoke with Access Hollywood about playing the role, which he found quite different. 

“There’s a very different style to Arrow than what there was to Spartacus. Even when I got there I had a discussion with the writer Andrew Kreisberg about what they wanted and they didn’t want Crixus that’s for sure, they wanted something original for the show. Arrow is reality based, it’s here in the now….It’s very fast moving action, it’s a whole new techique that I’m learning with them. There’s some simliatires (from Spartacus) in that I come onto the show against another strong character.”

Bennett will first appear as the mercenary in the series’ twelfth episode, titled “Betrayal,” which airs February 6. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Launch the gallery to check out photos of Manu on the red carpet at a few recent Spartacus events.

By Michael Prieve

  1. Luke

    Manu Bennett is so talented! I may work for DISH, but I used to be an actor and I know exactly how hard it is staring on two shows at once. So needless to say I am very excited to see how he will perform on Arrow. Wednesdays have always been the days that my family enjoys the most TV, but I am not missing it for anything, and that means it’s a good thing I have a DISH Hopper. It lets my household watch up to 6 shows at once during primetime, so I no longer have to fight with the wife and kids to watch my favorite programs.

  2. Manu Bennett Hits The Red Carpet For 'Spartacus'
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    Manu Bennett, the most beautiful, exotic man out there.
    Anymore like you in New Zealand?
    Future James Bond? Would love to see you in that role.
    You’ve got my vote!
    Luv U

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