Former Everton and Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe has landed a role in popular Dutch television series Mocro Maffia.
The 33-year-old, who currently plays for Racing Murcia in the fourth tier of Spanish football, will portray drug-dealing gangster Frenkie Prof in the series.
Drenthe's character appears in five episodes before he is shot outside a bar.
Speaking about his first acting gig, Drenthe said: "I could truly be myself in the role. I know the street talk, and the cast were able to learn from me.
"I grew up in West Rotterdam – the 'hood – and often saw junkies shooting up in the street as a kid.
"I don't know the full details of my father's murder, but I know he was quick to speak his mind and that proved to be fatal.
"He is still a legend in the city. I hope he's looking down on me now and seeing me do a good job.
"They say someone offered him a drink in a bar, and he spitefully said he had enough money to buy his own drinks.
"I would have just accepted the drink, but not him. It led to a disagreement."
Drenthe continued: "I could have grown up in a similar way.
"My mum brought me up well, but you never know what temptations and paths might come your way.
"I always looked up to actors as a kid. I watched rappers like 50 Cent act in films, and thought I can do it as well.
"During casting they asked me if I'd acted before. I said no, but it seems like I'm a natural talent as I got the part."
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Drenthe joined Real Madrid back in 2007 as a highly rated prospect but he fell out with manager Jose Mourinho when returned from a loan spell at Hercules in 2011.
"Mourinho was a bit p***** off when I came back to Real," he later said "I tried to become a star in Madrid and people should have respect for me because I tried. But Mourinho made me out to be a difficult guy."
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