Former champion world Joe Calzaghe is to make his big screen acting debut alongside acting legend John Hurt and Rupert Penry-Jones in an horror film called ‘Manor Hunt Ball’ where the upper classes hunt down and kill the working class in the name sport.
The British boxing hero from Wales posted on his Twitter page: “Really happy today! Have landed a good roll (sic) in an exciting new horror film!:-)” – He later added: “Role not roll of course! Ha ha :-D”
Calzaghe has been taking acting lessons since 2010, as he tries to carve out a new career after retiring from the boxing ring in 2009, after his fight with legend Roy Jones Jnr. His agents Back Door Productions said last year that he had been working hard on his acting lessons, and that the effort was paying off a real buzz surrounding his natural talent and dynamic screen presence.
The company also took to Twitter to congratulate their client on his latest movie success: “This is a very exciting time for Joe who earlier this month secured a part in another feature alongside John Hurt.
“Both films shoot towards the end of the year, and Joe is looking forward to a busy few months. Congratulations Joe!”
Little is being said about either of his roles ahead of an official announcement by the production companies behind the films.
The site describes the film as “A gang of local youths crash the high society party of the year, only to find that the modern gentry have taken to hunting the working class for sport. They must survive the hunt and escape before they are cut down one by one.”
The film will also star Jazon Maza and Richard O’Brien of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Calzaghe from Newbridge, is Britain’s only undefeated boxing world champion with 46 wins from 46 fights.
He is also a former winner of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year and took part in the 2009 series of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing. This new direction now seems to have put paid to any suggestions that Calzaghe was preparing for a ring return, and he will be looking now to crack the theatrical boards instead of the blood stained canvas stage of hurt.