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When the notorious Roman makes his debut on the Starz drama Friday at 9/8c, he appears much younger and shaggier than we've seen him depicted before. "[We asked,] 'How much would we destroy history by having Caesar as part of this war against Spartacus? "We were all very surprised when they told us that we wouldn't be destroying history at all.

That's because producers decided to check in on him decades before he became the lover of Cleopatra and the elder statesman fated for assassination. In fact, this was the one small part of history that very little was known about Caesar ...

"But that's Caesar later in his life, like 30 years later.

"Although we do frame it with actual events from his past and we make very sly references to what's coming in the future for Caesar."From Ron Swanson to Tyrion Lannister: TV's surprisingly sexy characters Beyond the different 'do, this Caesar will exhibit other characteristics that haven't been seen in Caesar before. "He's a definite physical threat as well," Lasance adds.

"It's nice to actually transform yourself and become a new character, visually. And all of my mates and girlfriend loved it." PHOTOS: Bad guys we root for Not everybody initially embraced Caesar's rejuvenated look though. "That said, everything in the show with Caesar is fictional," he continues.

“Spartacus” is executive produced by Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Steven S.

De Knight (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and The Evil Dead), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead).

"He appears to not conform and stick directly to what would be a traditional Roman way," Lasance says. "He needed to be an opponent that was worthy of fighting and could potentially take down the rebels.

So, they introduce a few one-on-ones between the higher-ranking rebels as well to show off his fighting ability ...

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