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Manu Bennett

Actor [Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu]

Manu Bennett’s acting career has seen him battling Roman gladiators, teaching salsa on acclaimed movie Lantana, and creeping out both superheroes and the staff of Shortland Street.

Being a gladiator, standing in an arena with a sword in your hand with five guys charging at you and you’re ready to chop every limb off, you’ve really got to give yourself up as an actor to really live that moment. Manu Bennett, on acting in Spartacus