Manny Pacquiao, long regarded as one of sports' most tireless multitaskers, will share the screen with Rob Schneider and Benecio del Toro in an action-comedy film due in theaters next year.
The WBO welterweight champion will make his Hollywood debut in Brass Knuckles, according to ABS-CBN News. Pacquiao, who has starred in more than a half-dozen movies in his native Philippines, will play a gangster who is the uncle of Schneider's character.
The eight-division champion, whose previous film roles have included the schlocky superhero pic Wapakman, will film his scenes in Los Angeles after his June 9 fight with Timothy Bradley and return for post-production in August and September. Two-time Emmy winner Erick Geisler will direct the film, which has been slated for a 2013 release.
“The whole point of the movie is it really exploits and shows how and what a bad choice it is to be involved with drugs and just this whole world,” actor-producer Damian Perkins said. “Manny's got a good role, we're actually going to bulk up the role a little bit for him as well. More lines for him."
Schneider, the Filipino-American actor and comedian best known for his starring roles in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Hot Chick, is an avid boxing fan.
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