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Does Hollywood Beckon for Bolt?

Usain Bolt may be ready to leap from the track to the silver screen

With Bolt-mania still raging weeks after the end of the 2012 London Olympics, it isn’t surprising that Hollywood may also be attempting bring some of the Jamaican sprinter’s lightning magnetism to the silver screen. According to the UK newspaper, The Express, Usain Bolt is being approached with by Hollywood producers who would like to see him make the leap from sprint star to movie star.

Having successfully defended three titles at the Olympics and setting his own twitter olympic record Bolt clearly has enough superstar juice to power a film to box office success. Bolt’s 6’4” well-muscled frame also makes him a suitable candidate for the role of action hero. The Express quotes an unnamed studio executive as identifying Bolt’s charisma as a major selling point. “An approach has been made and it’s hoped that screen tests are going to take place in Autumn,” the unnamed source is cited as saying.

Bolt would join a long list of pro-athleWith the Jamaican flag draped around his shoulders like a cape, Puma taps into the image of Bolt as superherotes who made the transition from man of action to action hero. This list includes Arnold Schwarzenegger who transformed from body builder to action movie star despite his then limited acquaintance with English, landing iconic roles in Conan The Barbarian, Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Total Recall. According to the Express source, Bolt has been likened to Schwarzenegger, but with even better chances of success.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger was an Austrian bodybuilder with poor English before he became a star,” the source said. “Usain has a far stronger starting point and is already recognised across the world.”

Other notable athletes turned actor include Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (The Scorpion King, Walking Tall, The Game Plan),  Vinnie Jones (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men, Gone in 60 Seconds), Carl Weathers (Rocky I-IV, Predator) and even the infamous OJ Simpson (The Naked Gun).

Bolt’s popularity far transcends these other athletes who successfully (relatively speaking) made the transition. Bolt has been credited with singularly transforming athletics into an entertainment event, using the combined effects of his engaging personality and his performance on the track.

Indeed, Bolt may already be a super-hero, transforming from mild-mannered fun-loving joker at the starting line, to competitive man of speed on the track. Of course, any decision to make it to the silver-screen may well depend on whether Bolt will indeed make a third defense of his Olympic titles in 2016.