FORMER Gladiator Mark “Rhino” Smith says his mutation from a London bodybuilder to a Hollywood film star is over a dream come true.
The 47-year-old stars alongside Antonio Banderas and Sir Ben Kingsley in new thriller Security.
The action-packed crack – which sees Smith try and help Kingsley mangle into a selling mall, kill Banderas and waylay a immature girl – is a distant cry from his days on Saturday night party show Gladiators.
Speaking to The Sun Online, Smith said: “It was a good knowledge and really good fun with those guys.”
He credited the span with assisting to urge his own behaving skills and singled out Kingksey for special praise.
“His craft, you can see how invested he is when you see him in action. we learnt a lot just examination him really.
“They don’t discuss to everybody but with me they were fine. It was very cool, they had a giggle and a crater of tea.”
Smith’s behaving CV boasts an considerable list of film credits, from charcterised bruise Zootopia and Batman Begins to American TV shows NCIS with LL Cool J and Vital Signs with Dr Dre.
“It’s been a good journey,” he explained. “I’ve been very advantageous to work with all these people. we grew up on hip bound so to work with Dr Dre was an unimaginable experience. And LL Cool J was on NCIS LA that was very cool.”
Currently formed in Los Angeles with his family, Smith hasn’t lost steer of his common beginnings and the prolonged highway to apropos a film star.
He said: “I came from a singular primogenitor background. Everyone’s got their own journey. My life was nothing… we never suspicion we could get on a qualification much reduction live in LA or be in films alongside these stars.
“For my breakfast we used to get a bruise from my granddad, so we used to buy 9 bars of Dairy Milk chocolate and they were 9p so we used to have 19 pence left. For all the children that review this. You can change and you can get healthy.”
Smith is the only Gladiator to have carried their own nickname into the show, with telly boss Nigel Lythgoe fondness the name Rhino that he’d been given by associate gym-goers.
And Smith credits the programme with changing his life.
He said: “It was a gamechanger for me. Gladiators changed my life. we remember the first time we was on it. At 7.45 Blind Date was just about to come on and we went to the supermarket and then we kind of got rushed by a big throng and everyone’s asking for my designation and pronounced ‘we just saw you on TV.’
“I desired it. we sealed everyone’s autograph, took pictures with the kids. I’ve always been like that all my life. we know for a fact I’ve left by over 90,000 sealed cards in the UK.”
He reliable he will reprise his role of Officer McHorn in the arriving Zootopia supplement and is penetrating to keep alighting high form roles and building his craft.
Smith has just returned from filming Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie, in Jamaica.
The span go back years and Smith was full of regard for his friend’s talent.
“He’s very real, healthy and just very grounded and humble,” he explained.
“It’s a very loose sourroundings he conducts himself in. The whole set is very cool. He knows what he’s looking for and how he wants the stage to vessel out. He has that vision.”
And fans will be means to see him reunited with Banderas after in the year in punish thriller Stoic.
Security is out now on DVD.
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