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8 Actors You Didn't Know Were Wrestlers

Brian Glover's key strength as an actor was portraying, in his words, a "bald-headed, rough-looking Yorkshireman" - mostly because he was one.

When he wasn't bellowing imprecations and belting footballs at muddy schoolkids in Ken Loach's 1969 classic falconry flick Kes, Glover was a regular between the ropes under the guise 'Leon Arras, the Man from Paris.'

The name was nabbed from a no-show one evening, and despite his thick Barnsley accent, no one caught on to Glover's ruse. Arras was every bit the archetypal World of Sport bone-bender, relying on comedy and character in lieu of athleticism, skills which would serve him well when he transitioned to the big screen.

A total novice in Kes, Glover's natural proclivity for theatrics soon saw him cast in a multitude of high-profile roles, including - quite bizarrely - that of Bottom in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ancient Athens and South Yorkshire: they're not so different.

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