Cynthia came up to me and bless her soul, because she’s a great actress. She said Manu, my father passed away six months ago and that’s what is going to generate my emotions in this. I remember just looking at her and seeing what she went through mourning her father, and that’s what she put in her scene. And I remember at the time just really liking Cynthia that much [more] because we had such a great time together.
But I was just looking at her, just knowing that that moment was that real for her. And it was amazing how that scene turned out because it was one of the very few scenes in the whole thing where Crixus, or me as an actor or whatever, completely relinquished control for the other actors’ moment. And it was quite special. If you
go online you’ll see a photo that’s floating around of me kissing her forehead, that was taken after the actual scene was shot, because she was still crying and still in that moment.
— Manu Bennett on filming Crixus’ death scene (via manusbennett)