Everyone knows I am a Manu Bennett fan, which started from Episode 1, of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Starz. Manu has just wrapped up the final season of Spartacus, and is also “appearing” in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.” Yeah, Manu is making his dreams come true, and a billion Manu Fans can’t be wrong eigh?
I asked to meet Manu Bennett for my Birthday last year so he could be my personal trainer, but I decided to make it easier for and just wished that Manu Bennett would friend me on his personal Facebook page. My Birthday wish was not granted (yet), or maybe some cosmic birthday candle blowing miracle was set in motion that day, and planets began to align causing a paradigm shift in the Universe that ultimately led to what I am about to share with you… either way, Manu Bennett is a very kind man.
WELLLL……as wishes happen….. it turns out not too long ago Manu did friend me on his personal Facebook page with other fans, and I have even chatted with him which makes me feel VERY special.
Now, for the absolute cool part…. Manu Bennett and I video Skyped for 20+ minutes after he learned that I donated to a fund raiser he was doing for New Zealand’s Breast Cancer Foundation. His noble effort to raise money for breast cancer was worth every penny, because not only is Manu Bennett an incredible actor, but he is very down to Earth and a real genuine humanitarian. His “team” The Eleventh Waka (a collective effort of fans kicked @ss donating and surpassing their goal and raising $15,000 bucks! Of course, “The Eleventh Waka” was the TOP FUNDRAISER! HELLZ YEAH!
Back to my Skype with Manu… he was in chat, I was in chat, and I just wanted to say hi. Instead, Manu wanted to thank me personally for my donation, and to sit and chat a bit. My Partner Craig was there for moral support, because I was 1000x nervous, and I have not forgotten that moment since it happened. The other day my Partner told me that he was going to wait until Christmas to share this with me, but the reason he sat with me during my video Skype session with Manu Bennett was because he recorded it on his iPhone, so that I could treasure it forever. I didn’t know he was recording, but he did it as a Christmas gift to me, because he knows how big of a Manu Bennett fan I am!
Isn’t this the COOLEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER?!
Seriously, could you ask for a more supportive and awesome partner?! So, yes, I have the Skype session recorded and while I would love to share the entire 20 minutes of it… I don’t want anyone to see me being in a state of awe and shock. So I edited it a bit, and you can see the highlights of our conversation. We also talked about some personal stuff, which I don’t want to put out to the World, so I just captured the highlights of the Skype to share with people in hopes that you will do the following:
1. Make my Christmas wish come true by donating to fight breast cancer.
2. Realize that dreams do come true, even “meeting” your favorite actor!
3. Understand that all of us on this planet are people, and the more we interact, the more we grow.
If Manu reads this article, just know that THAT MOMENT meant the World to me, more than anything – and I still am waiting for your agent’s address to send you a care package from Louisville. It’s sitting here waiting for you.
Ok, here is the video highlights:
I did not include the whole video, some of it was what I consider to be personal and I felt it best to be left out. However, I want Manu to know that this was, by far, the HIGHLIGHT of my year – life – and I will never forget this conversation ever. He is truly a genuine man, and I am so proud of his achievements.
Jake A. Wheat
I have been thinking about this for a while, and finally decided to be pro-active and move forward. It’s an act of bravery for me really, and frankly if I am rejected I will be heartbroken. Manu Bennett is one of my – no – he IS my favorite Actor and Spartacus on Starz has been something that I have supported since it’s first episode. I am not a new fan, I was there the night it first aired on the edge of my seat and just awestruck by the show! From there, I got the DVD’s, the Manu Bennett autographed card, and even won a sweepstakes on Starz where they sent me some free Starz stuff.
I order, and wear faithfully my “I love Crixus” T-Shirt, and I even have myself immortalized (as a cartoon bean) wearing the shirt which causes my friends to giggle. I’m not lying, here is the pic of me as a bean wearing my Crixus shirt to prove it!
Yes, I am a DIE HARD Crixus fan, sue me. So, without hesitation, I emailed Starz today and asked them if there would be a way that I could do an email interview with Manu Bennett. I am certain a phone interview would be out of the question, but I have a lot of real questions for the actor that I would like answered. He is a fascinating man, and I want to be able to “virtually” sit down with him and get to know him better.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Do you think Starz should allow Jake Wheat to interview Manu Bennett?
Hopefully Starz will hear my plea, and make this happen! Please everyone cross your fingers!
Make My Wish Come True,
Jake A. Wheat
Manu Bennett’s costume he wore as Crixus in “Spartacus: Blood & Sand” is on sale on EBay.com for $9,600.00! It includes his choker necklace, and all of the genuine assets which make Crixus…. well, so incredibly fine.
Indeed, now I need to go rob a bank or start making a shitload of meth in my kitchen, because I WANT THIS COSTUME! Does anyone have $10,000.00 that I can have to pick up this one of a kind collectors item? I would clean your house for a century, or perhaps cook all of your meals and cater to your every whim and desire?
The owner obviously has one of the greatest items in the World, and it kills me that the price is so high that I can’t afford it! Geeze. FML. I am not rich enough to get anything quite like this costume, and it breaks my heart because I would sincerely make sure that this costume was taken care of for generations to come. Indeed, I will never be the owner of this wonderful item…. and that makes me want to cry.
The costume comes with the following description:
THE OUTFIT IS GENUINE AND COMES WITH A LETTER FROM WHERE I PURCHASED IT AND THE MAKER OF THE OUTFIT STATING IT’S AUTHENTICITY. THE LETTER HAS THE COMPANY’S NAME , ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER ON THE LETTER. WATCH REVELATION AND SEE THE OUTFIT.
THE OUTFIT ITEMS YOU ARE BIDDING ARE IN PHOTO #2- #3-#4
1. MANU’S LARGE ARM/CHEST WEAR
2. MANU’S NECKLACE (OMG! The choker!)
3. BOTH MANU’S LEG SHIELDS
4. MANU’S ARM CLOTHE/WEAR
5. MANU’S UNDERWEAR
6. MANU’S UNDERWEAR COVERING
7. A SPARRING PAD WHICH WAS USED BY MANY OF THE ACTORS FROM THE SET.
8. PHOTO OF MANU AND SIGNED WEARING THE COSTUME.
THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONLY SERIOUS BIDDERS. YOU ARE BIDDING ON THE MOVIE SET OUTFIT <ORIGINAL COSTUME WHICH WAS USED, WORN BY ACTOR MANU BENNETT IN THE HIT MOVIE SERIES SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND.
THE AUTHENTICITY LETTER IS INCLUDED. THIS COSTUME WAS WORN IN EPISODE “REVELATION-BLOOD AND SAND”.
THE COSTUME DOES NOT INCLUDE THE BELT AND CLOTHE WRAPPINGS BEHIND THE LEG SHEILDS, AND SANDELS/SHOES.
THE COSTUME WILL COME WITH ALL ITEMS ABOVE AND WILL INCLUDE THE LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY THAT IT WAS USED AND WORN IN THE MOVIE BY MANU AND HIS STUNT DOUBLE, GUARANTEEING AUTHENTICITY.
TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS, YES THE COSTUME IS LIGHT/MEDIUM HEAVY. IT HAS WEAR ON IT , DUE TO THE FACT IT WAS USED AND WORN BY THE ACTOR.
THE COSTUME COMES WITH LEG SHIELDS, ARM WRAP MADE OF CLOTH, UNDERWEAR, COVER FOR THE UNDERWEAR, THE NECKLACE, THE LONG CHEST/ARM BANDS, AND AS A BONUS, A SPARRING PAD USED BY MANY OF THE ACTORS FROM THE MOVIE. THE COSTUME DOES HAVE SOME DROPS OF FAKE BLOOD ON IT TOO.
THIS WAS PERSONALLY BOUGHT BY ME VIA PURCHASE IN SEPTEMBER 2011. ALL BIDDERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE TIME RARE ITEM.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS ITEM ON EBAY.COM - and if you decided that you want to buy it for me, I will be forever in your debt!
Wishing I Had $10,000.00 & Sad,
Jake A. Wheat
I got a wild hair up my creative brain today, and decided to update my website with a brand new look and feel! I call it the “Myan – End of the World” theme, based on the fact that people rumor we will not make it through 2012 alive.
The fact remains that this website is a lot of fun for me, because I get to write about whatever I want, and enjoy all of the comments from my fans/friends/enemies. Indeed, what joys the Internet brings! This blog of course has many followers, and while I am not a cewebrity like “Perez” – I do have my faithful readers who enjoy my reviews, rantings, and reports.
So this year I am going to be working on the release of my new book called “The Bitterman,” which is — a graphic novel — very dark & bold. I am also working on a few other new gay erotic fiction shorts, and will be releasing some of those as well before we ring in 2013. My main goal is to have “The Bitterman” out and available by October 2012, so you can get your claws on it during the Halloween season… perhaps read it to your kids, scare the shit out of them, and give them to a shrink for a few hours a week.
I also plan to keep blogging about gay issues, Andrew Compton, and other things that strike my interest or piss me off. It’s a collective blog, in which according to Google analytics most people just come here to see Manu Bennetts penis…. [CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE]
……so I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone on this post either, right? Geeze, it’s just a penis… good grief.
In Crixus’s Subligaculum,
Jake A. Wheat
Awwww yeah! My TV husband is back with a “Vengeance” on Starz, and Friday nights just got a whole lot sexier! As you know, I am hopelessly devoted to Manu Bennett who plays “Crixus” on the Spartacus series which is now in it’s third season. The first season, “Spartacus Blood & Sand” won me over with the likes of a good story line, and of course the brooding good looks of Andy Whitfield and Manu Bennett. Tragically, Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and Starz decided to do a prequel to the Spartacus Blood & Sand series called “Gods of the Arena,” while Whitfield recovered. Even more tragic, Whitfield’s treatment suffered complications, and sadly Andy passed away.
“Gods of the Arena,” proved to be equally amazing even without Whitfield, and while fans of the series were stunned when the news of his passing was made public, my love and “passion” for the show grew stronger. Spartacus was more than just a show to me…. it is more than a show to me…. it is ultimately a TV phenomena which I feel very much a part of.
I also want to hump Crixus until my body is raw, but everyone who is a long time fan of my blog knows this already…. deal with it.
So now I am watching the new series “Spartacus: Vengeance” which stars Liam McIntyre filling the shoes of the late Whitfield, and I must say the first 13 minutes of the series held me in a state of sadness. I am glad that McIntyre is in the role, he is very fitting to play the part and does an excellent job, but it makes me really mourn for Andy. Nothing could fill his shoes or take his place, and to me a part of that magic that once was is gone, but I accept and really admire the work that McIntyre has brought to the new series. I can’t imagine the pressure he felt while developing a character that was already loved by countless fans by Whitfield, and I applaud him for his performance thus far. I applaud him regardless, because he is amazing as Spartacus.
Of course, I would not have to go a paragraph without mentioning that Crixus is back as well, and his deep raspy voice bellows out longing for his lost love, and while I know it’s not me in the TV series – I can pretend he yearns for me, ok? GET OVER IT. The fact is that Crixus is a very “developed” character in a sense that I believe Starz had to grow to understand that fans of the series would ultimately love him as much as we did from the start. Crixus was a bad ass, a really mean and spiteful guy, and yet that bad boy image captured my attention from the moment he first appeared on the screen. I guess that is something I need to discuss with my shrink, but hey – I know how to pick him, because now he is the right hand man to Spartacus. Not to shabby right? Frankly, I believe that Bennett has gotten better looking since the show evolved, and if Crixus ever gets knocked off the show (yeah, I know history…. they better re-write it….) then I will probably quit watching.
Ok, maybe not… but I will just stalk Bennett somewhere else. *sigh*
All of the information on the show can be found on the Starz website by clicking here, and you can get some really cool downloads if you click here! For those of you who missed the FIRST EPISODE of the series, Starz is streaming it from their website which I have embedded below. If they remove it, then you won’t see the embed…. so watch it while you can!
ENJOY THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE NEW SEASON!
Jake A. Wheat
PS. Manu, if you read this please don’t beat me up. xoxo
2011 did not bring much joy. 2011 did bring a lot of sadness, pain, and frankly a domino effect of illness and fear. Everything went on the downward spiral starting in March, and then slowly twisted into drowning under a foamy sea of blackness until December.
I could have seriously had a baby during that time, um, if I had a baby maker. However instead I had an angel, suited up, and fighting for me. I imagined my angel to be a gladiator, and working to fight to keep me alive. I get high blood pressure, and they find a “bad spot on my brain,” which turns out to be a head bleed. My angel fought, and it turned out to be insignificant in the grand scheme of head bleeds. I get chest pains, and nitro made the pain go away – the chest pains were intense, and I was certain that I was having a heart attack. After a rather disgusting cardiac cath procedure, my angel fought and I only had a 20% blockage. That is good for someone my age actually, and so I thought it was over.
No, there was still a battle. Chest pains did not get better, and I went unconscious twice at work and ended up in the hospital. This was after I was out because I had a rash all over my body, and no one knew what was wrong with me. My angel fought, but this battle was like one of the main battles in “Spartacus” on Starz. I had an infection in my heart, and it ran through my body – the culprit, infection in my stomach from some nasty ulcers….. and so now I was hooked to IV’s and they drew more blood than any gladiator battle.
My angel pulled me through a depression, and much more. I was scared, and some of the tests pointed to some very “terminal” illnesses that I lived in fear would certainly fit all of my symptoms. Indeed, my angel fights like a champion of Capua. He was the undefeated Gaul that worked with God to help me get through all of these insane plagues that just kept hitting me like a tsunami.
So on this Christmas I am thankful to be alive, and I thank God and my guardian angel for fighting to get me back to health again. I look forward to spending the day with my immediate family, and reflecting on why this day is truly special. It’s because there is a higher power out there, and whatever your belief – I truly believe I have an angel that watches over me, ready to fight for me whenever I cannot.
May you have a very Merry Christmas.
PS. Come on 2012!!!
Recently my friend Apple and I had a “Spartacus” marathon, and watched “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” and “Spartacus: Blood & Sand” in pretty much two weeks, going through each episode and reliving the tale. As everyone knows, this is my all time favorite television series, and nothing compares to it. The storyline is breathtaking, the visuals are stunning, and of course there is Manu Bennett who is my television Husband. Apple is now a fan, and that is a good thing because I can now talk about the series with someone else who appreciates it, and thankfully she promised to keep her hands off of Crixus.
It seems only fitting that tomorrow is my Birthday, and my only wish is to obtain Crixus for a day so that I may have him be my personal trainer and work me like a dog – because I need it. I’m getting old, and because of that I am not in shape anymore, and I need “inspiration,” which could come in the form of MY Champion of Capua. Seriously, it doesn’t matter if he was encased in his subligaculum, or just hanging out covered in oil – it’s the thought that counts, right? Manu Bennett is one of my favorite actors, and his role as Crixus surpassed my favoritism from the very beginning of “Blood & Sand” when I watched the premiere on Starz. It’s his “bad boy” image, mixed with his loyalty and his unchained masculinity that kept me returning every episode, and now I can’t get enough.
People ask, “What do you want for your birthday?” I respond, “Crixus dammit!” | Great article about him here with HOT pic!
My friend Travis and his Wife Emily talked about baking a Crixus cake, and making it anatomically correct, to which excited my senses but disappointed my reality. There isn’t enough flour, icing, and an oven big enough to bake a piece of Manu Bennett – and I don’t want anyone starting a kitchen fire in the attempt. Indeed, there again is not enough flour in Wal-Mart to do this cake justice, so I will have to settle for the real thing.
Someone else suggested an action figure, and while that makes me a very happy Jake – there is no Crixus action figure (yet), because Starz does not merchandise the Spartacus series very well. There is little to no Crixus merchandise in, which is SAD. I really want a replica of the choker he wears, and I wouldn’t mind having a vial of sweat to go along with it…… *snicker*
I could look for a replica Manicae, but until I build up my arm strength I would look like a douchebag with a leather wrist cuff, and I won’t want that. Again, this all boils down to having Mr. Bennett as my personal trainer for the day – and making me exercise until I puked. Yes, indeed I am a mega fan and while everyone may laugh at the fact that I love Manu Bennett, in my mind Crixus is the type of guy who would love me as a friend because I would have treated him as my Dominus.
Ok, ok back to reality – did you see the picture above of Crixus waiting for me? Don’t hate, just realize that this is all just my birthday wish and while I know this is one that will not come true, it’s worth blowing out a candle over.
Jake A. Wheat
aka. Really Damn Old
When Spartacus: Blood & Sand aired on the Starz Network, I don’t think even Starz realized what a sensation they were going to bring to viewers who were starved for good television. I don’t watch crappy TV, and frankly I don’t have much time to watch ANY television – until I was granted the luxury of my DVR which changed a lot.
Spartacus: Blood & Sand, to quote Jerry McQuire, “had me at hello” and not just because they had full frontal male nudity. The characters were amazing, and it was hard not to be captivated by the artistic decisions that the show made to keep it visually gripping. Of course, while I instantly became hooked on the series, I also became sadly aware that Andy Whitfield was battling Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma - and that they were not going to create a second season. Instead, the series was going to reflect backward on a prequel which is now airing on Starz called Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. I was skeptical, although supportive. I was saddened, but hopeful. Like most Spartacus fans, I was also anxious to hear about how Andy Whitfield was doing and gave my love and support. Indeed, his treatments needed to be more intense, and Andy Whitfield was recast with Liam McIntyre which Whitfield himself supported. My heart broke, but as the premiere episode aired I was hoping and praying that this would not be the death of something great.
I was not disappointed.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is refreshing and the back story has actually made me appreciate the direction that was chosen with the series, because it really enriches the characters that I grew to love in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and allows me to enjoy watching the slow but progressive climb of my “TV Husband” Crixus, who is gorgeously played by Manu Bennett – whom probably has a restraining order on my by now, but I don’t care. Manu Bennett is one reason why I don’t have to run my heater so much in the winter here, and while right now the “Brotherhood” is giving him his “initiation,” he still remains my favorite character and I am so thankful that the focus on him is so deep in the prequel.
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You cannot replace Andy Whitfield, and his recasting has broken my heart. However, I know that he needs to fight a different battle on his own right now, and if he ever reads this (ok, yes I know) – I hope that he knows that I include him in my thoughts and prayers. I wish him health and wellness during his battle against this awful cancer.
So thank you Andy for all that you gave and thank you Starz for making this show so great! Thank you Manu for being my TV Husband, and thank you to the millions of Spartacus fans who have made this show so popular!
“Spartacus: Blood & Sand“ has a kick ass soundtrack, and for die hard fans of the series – the music was always one of the key subjects that was discussed. Mainly, fans of the series wanted to know when they could get the soundtrack, and I was one of them.
Good news! You can now have all of the gladiator action throbbing through your earbuds, because the amazing textures of Joseph LoDuca’s composition which made “Spartacus: Blood & Sand” so rich is now available for purchase! Yes, that is right, you too can get your very own copy of the soundtrack – and get lost in the ludus.
Now for those of you who are “Evil Dead” fans, and are a Sam Raimi fan (such as myself) then you will take note of Joseph LoDuca – because he also did the score for “Evil Dead,” and numerous other Raimi productions.
The soundtrack’s textures are rich, and have a variance between tenderness and aggression. Mixed with layers of exotic battle cries and the crunches of rock guitar and heavy drums, LoDuca’s compositions are metallic, edgy, and oh so fresh! Yes, indeed with this music on your iPod you can smell the arena, taste the sweat of “The Bringer of Rain,” and become purified in it’s erotic mix.
Speaking of “erotic,” my cyber-husband “Manu Bennett” who was so lovingly cast as Crixus in “Spartacus: Blood & Sand” and will be in the upcoming prequel “Gods of the Arena” has a Twitter account! Now, while this Twitter account only has one Tweet, and is NOT verified – I did enjoy the photo (right) of Manu that was posted on his profile. Yes, my cyber-husband is out on the water just waiting to catch a nice wave…. and when I die I want to be reincarnated as a paddleboard! | Manu on Twitter
Also, for those of you who are addicted to Facebook, you can find the fanpage for Manu, and connect with other fans who so indiscriminately try to steal my cyber-husband away from me. Those bitches will never learn, will they?
Cyber-hunks seem to be dominating my mind today, and I do want to “hint” to my readers that I have a BIG surprise coming up very VERY soon that will lubricate your soul! Of course, I won’t spoil the “surprise,” but lets just say I get it STR8 from the source! TTFN!
Jake A. Wheat