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In movies and TV series, ‘Rome’ star James Purefoy simply kills

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Updated: November 1, 2012 6:24AM

When in “Rome,” you can never leave the city limits — at least not with fans.

No one knows that better than sex symbol James Purefoy, who played Marc Antony in HBO’s “Rome” and now has the lead in the new film “Solomon Kane.”

“People still love ‘Rome.’ I’m prepared at all times to answer a quick ‘Rome’ question because there is an incredibly fondness for the show with astonishing anger at HBO for canning it,” he says. “I could have gone on.”

“Solomon” is a sword-fighting epic that left some unexpected scars. “I got slashed across the forehead during a brutal fight in the film,” says Purefoy, who adds, “I was hospitalized briefly.”

That wasn’t the worst injury in a film about a 16th century killing machine. “I stabbed a stuntman accidently through his cheek to the point where he felt the tip of the sword on his tongue,” he says. “It’s an incredibly physical epic.”

Next up is a role on the Kevin Bacon TV series “The Following” on Fox, where he plays a serial killer. “It’s about a cult of serial killers. I bring them together through social media. The pilot is one of the most unsettling things you’ll ever see.”

One place you won’t see him soon: “Games of Thrones,” despite the lobbying of fans. “I’m tied up on my series,” Purefoy says. “I could do a guest spot. Just hand me a sword.”

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