‘Arrow’ Star Manu Bennett Calls Slade Wilson ‘A Winning Role’

Manu Bennett’s days on “Spartacus” are over, but he’s got plenty of business ahead of him as Slade Wilson.

Bennett has been upgraded to series regular status for season two of “Arrow,” having logged plenty of season one time as a recurring guest star. The “Spartacus” actor can’t wait to show fans more sides to his deadly mercenary of a character, based on what he said in a new interview with Access Hollywood.

In the interview, Bennett talked about his time as the warrior Crixus on Starz’s “Spartacus” series, and how that compares to his work on “Arrow” as Slade Wilson.

“[’Arrow’] is already bigger than ‘Spartacus’ in terms of viewership, and being part of a franchise like that, it’s really gonna sort of help me build an even stronger future in this industry,” he said. “And also, Slade Wilson, I know by what I’ve been told and the way that the character is already started to curve in the second season that he’s gonna be as big [of] a challenge as an acting role as what Crixus was and I think I can give him a lot of the light and shade that Crixus had, that I know the audience loves and appreciated in my performance as Crixus. So I think I’m again on a winning role and I can’t wait to embrace it further. I’m riding the tip of the arrow.”

Starling City is open for business again when “Arrow” returns on October 9.

[via Comic Book Movie]

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