The Gay Action Hero
By Diego James
The unintentially camp STARZ series Spartacus was quickly dubbed "Blood (and Ass) and Sand" by my pals when its first season aired due to the characters' willingness to strip down and show off their bare butts (and more). It's been years of guilty pleasure: with tales of power, honor, vengeance, and romance. And most recently that romance included the love story that began last season between two gay rebel warriors, Agron (played by Dan Feuerriegel) and Nasir (Pana Hema-Taylor).
With the Spartacus’s final season, Spartacus: War of the Damned, premiering tonight at 9 p.m. on STARZ, hunky Dan Feuerriegel recently spoke about his preparation for scenes between his character and Nasir, surviving the show’s intense physical training regimen, and playing one of TV’s first gay action heroes.
In one particular moment, Feuerriegel elegantly explains why he's glad his character is able to open up and have a soft, sensual side when he’s alone with the people he loves:
"I would’ve been disappointed if all they cared about was two guys having sex and keeping their relationship purely physical. I think that would’ve been disrespectful. I love the fact that there was a deeper element. It was fun to play and to access those deeper emotions. I guess the best part of their relationship is that the audience got to see it from the very beginning and it’s carried all the way through to this season. It shows that love is everywhere. Regardless of who you are or who you like, love is love."