In honor of the premiere of “Spartacus: Vengeance” this Friday, January 27 on Starz, I thought I’d dedicate my weekly Man Crush on the show’s leading man. When Andy Whitfield lost his 18-month battle with lymphoma, the fate of the gladiator show was in limbo. After some time, the network announced it was forging ahead and would recast the role of Spartacus. A few names were thrown around, but in the end Australian actor Liam McIntyre beat the competition and won the coveted role. Judging by early reviews on the premiere episode, Liam has proven a worthy successor.

The 29-year-old actor went through a rigorous workout regime to buff up for the role. Considering the role requires plenty of shirtless scenes, that was a wise move by both the producers and actor. Prior to taking the iconic role of the Thracian warrior, McIntyre was mostly unknown to North American audiences until his role on the HBO mini-series “The Pacific“. That said, the sexy stud was popular in his native country due to his roles on popular Aussie shows like “Rush” and “Neighbours“.

Before checking out “Spartacus: Vengeance” this Friday, be sure to conduct your due diligence and inspect the hotness that is Liam McIntyre. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the following pictorial exhibits to prove Liam’s crushworthiness. Enjoy.

Watch out Romans, there’s a new beyotch in town. Someone’s out for blood.

That’s one pretty impressive package he’s sporting 😉

Hanging out with his Spartacus buddies. That’s one dayum fine set. WOOF.

Who needs swords when you have powerful “guns” like Liam’s? Talk about weapons of mass “explosion”.

He recently revealed to Men’s Health how he went from “Skinny to Spartacus”. I definitely like the outcome.

Clean shaven or scruffy? Both look good to me.

I’m sure this scowl helped him land the Spartacus role.

Typically, I’m a fan of longer hair on a studly guy, but short definitely suits Liam.

Liam wasn’t kidding that he was skinny before his Spartacus workout regiment.

Do I detect some ginger in that scruff?

Be sure to catch the premiere of “Spartacus: Vengeance” on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10 PM ET on Starz.