Jai Courtney triumphant that Be Here Now is being release

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Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney is ecstatic that the documentary 'Be Here Now' about the late Andy Whitfield is being released.

Jai Courtney is triumphant that 'Be Here Now' will be in cinemas.

The 30-year-old actor co stared with Andy Whitfield - who died from Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011 - in 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'.

The film documents Andy's journey with cancer as he is supported by his wife Vashti - with whom he has children Jesse,10, and Indy, eight - as he battles the illness.

Speaking to ET Online, the 'Suicide Squad' star said: "Andy was a very special friend - and his family, I consider an extension of my own. To see this film finally go the distance and be having a release is such a triumph. He became kind of a mentor, kind of a hero to me in a way.

"Not only in what he was achieving within the world of our profession, but just in the way he lived his life. We became fast friends, and I just looked up to him so much.

"It's a weird thing to hear, someone so young and so healthy - certainly on the surface - so close to you. It was a strange thing to kind of digest, but at that time, we weren't really considering the worst."

"He was often cast as this very strong, handsome, stoic type - but Andy was a cheeky p***k and a very very funny dude."

The 'Insurgent' actor has maintained a relationship with Andy's family describing them as "amazing".

Jai insists he wants to be there to support them with whatever they need as a mark of respect to his late pal Andy.

He said: "Vashti and I ... we are family. The kids are gorgeous. They're growing up. Jesse's nearly eleven, Indy's eight. They're like a little pride of lions. They're amazing."

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