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Sunday, January 24, 2010


LUCY Lawless says her new TV show is gory, sexy AND extremely offensive!

Sounds like it’s worth watching!

The former Xena: Warrior Princess star admits lots of people will probably be offended by Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which premiered Friday night on Starz.

“I think a lot of people are going to be shocked and they are going to shut off their televisions,” Lawless told the Boston Herald newspaper.

The actress insists she isn’t worried if people start tuning out of the program.

“And I absolutely encourage that because if they’re shocked by the first few episodes, it ain’t going to let up,” she said.

“But for the people who have the stomach for it, this is a bloody good yarn.”

Lawless plays the character of Lucretia, who owns the slave Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) with her husband, Batiatus (John Hannah).

“She does terrible things, but she does them out of desperation and need, which is how most people get involved in criminal activities,” said the 41-year-old. “She is venal, but she is also religious. She is full of contradictions, and my aim is to make her so real and so believable that the audience will say, ‘Yes, you know what? I can see myself doing the same thing if I was in her shoes.’”

“Really, I just feel like as long as it’s germane to the scene, it’s not offensive to me,” Lucy said of appearing topless and in explicit sex scenes.. “If it is relevant and historically accurate, then artistically it makes sense. People in ancient Rome had completely different relationships to people and their bodies and sexuality and the law and religion.”save

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