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Speed king Usian Bolt to become action hero?

August 27, 2012 17:47 IST

Usain Bolt, who defended three titles at the 2012 Olympics, is now being lined up to conquer Hollywood.

The 26-year-old sprinter has been approached by producers in Tinseltown for embarking on a new career as a big-screen action hero.

Hollywood bosses believe the muscular Bolt could even follow in the footsteps of veteran star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Usain's charisma is seen as a selling point," the Daily Express quoted them as telling Day and Night.

Usain Bolt"An approach has been made and it's hoped screen tests are going to be in place for the autumn. Arnold Schwarzenegger was an Austrian bodybuilder with poor English before he became a star.

"Usain has a far stronger starting point and is already recognised across the world," they said.

Despite speculation to the contrary Bolt has recently also been adamant he intends to defend his Olympic titles for a third time at the next games in Rio in 2016.

However, if American producers have their way he'll be spending a lot more time on film sets. "Usain is obviously a natural showman. He is eloquent, intelligent and funny as well as already being a global star," one senior industry figure said.

"All the ingredients are there for a successful acting career. It's a case of how much he actually wants it," the industry figure added.

Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Source: ANI