Rugby star ditches pitch for role in Hollywood movie

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Super League star Keith Mason hopes to be a knockout off the rugby pitch as well as on it after landing a role in a new Hollywood film.

The 31-year-old rugby star swapped tykes for Tinseltown to star alongside Mickey Rourke and Daryl Hannah in Skin Traffik.

Dewsbury-born Mason, 31, hopes to tackle a new career on-screen after landing the role in film, which also stars Hollywood hardman Michael Madsen.

Mason, who has been a prop for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants, plays the role of Mr Rourke’s bodyguard in the movie.

He said: “Its been a whirlwind. To have a part alongside some of the best actors there’ll ever be is just amazing.

“It’s unheard of really – someone landing a role in the film after bumping into a film star. I’m still pinching myself.

“I’m just a normal lad from Yorkshire and now I am seeing all this glitz and glamour. It’s surreal. I’m from a humble background, with a single mum who brought five kids up on a council estate.”

Mason became friends with Hollywood star Rourke after a chance meeting in a nightclub after the Huddersfield Giants’ Challenge Cup final appearance at Wembley in 2009.

He told him his dream of becoming an actor and after auditions, the rugby star landed 
the role in the new movie – as long as he learned his lines in two weeks.

Keith spent 10 days in London last year filming the crime thriller.

The full interview is in Bestfit magazine.

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