Rio Ferdinand sees himself as first black James Bond
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand eyes future role as 007 James Bond
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed his ambition of moving to the United States to establish himself as a Hollywood actor, and dreams of becoming the first black James Bond, according to the Daily Mail.
At 34, the Old Trafford veteran can be forgiven for thinking about life after football, but the chosen career path of an all-action film hero, is a surprising one nonetheless.
In an interview with FourFourTwo, Ferdinand added that if he is unable to land the role as successor to current 007 Daniel Craig, he would just as happily settle for playing Luther - a screen character currently played by Idris Elba.
"I'd go for an emotional part, something off the wall," explained the former England international. "I've got too much for a henchman role.
"I'd need for it to be, I dunno, like Luther. Or if they're looking for a new James Bond, I wouldn't say that's out of my comfort zone at all."
Of course, Ferdinand would not be the first former footballer to branch out to making Hollywood movies, with ex-Wimbledon and 'Crazy Gang' member, Vinnie Jones cornering the American market as a hard-as-nails British gangster.
Asked if he would consider similar parts, the former West Ham and Leeds United star added: "You're undervaluing my action potential, man."
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona also made a name for himself in a number of films, with the flamboyant Frenchman perhaps seeming a more obvious and natural choice for the big screens.
However, Ferdinand could usurp both Cantona and Jones by landing a role as Britain's most famous secret agent. Watch this space!