Hollywood comes calling for sport star

Keith Mason takes on two defenders in Castleford Tigers' game against Hull KR
Keith Mason takes on two defenders in Castleford Tigers' game against Hull KR
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A RUGBY league player has made a film with Hollywood legends Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen and Daryl Hannah.

Keith Mason said the experience has helped him get over the stress of his wrongful dismissal from Huddersfield Giants.

The prop, 31, successfully sued his former club last month after they sacked him in October for an inappropriate picture on his Twitter account.

Mason, who was just 12 months into a £95,000 per year four year contract, won around £167,000 damages at the High Court sitting in Leeds.

Despite this he has had to accept a vastly reduced salary at Castleford Tigers and said he almost lost his home.

But things are looking up after he was cast in a movie following the intervention of Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-award winning actor Rourke.

“I did it last week with Eric Roberts, Michael Madsen, Mickey Rourke and Daryl Hannah and actually had a speaking part,” said Dewsbury-born Mason.

“I’ve not had one little bit experience of acting but the director was quite happy.

“For a rugby league player I don’t know who’s done that before. I know Adam Fogerty does but he doesn’t do really clever roles does he? He gets beat up a bit.

“In this I’m a bodyguard but have a few lines in the film. I can’t give too much away but it will be out in cinemas next year and I’m in the first part of the movie.

“Things like that - getting a phone call from Mickey saying he wants me in the film - was nice and a bit of good news after everything that has happened.”

Mason hopes to make his first appearance for Castleford against Warrington Wolves tomorrow since the pressure of that three-day court appearance.

“It’s been a pretty stressful 10 months,” said the ex-Wales player.

“I wouldn’t really wish it on anyone. The money that was owed is my money anyway - and I didn’t get it all - so it’s not like I won on the lottery. I think the system stinks sometimes but justice was served.”

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