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Zeta's still got her eye on oval ball

Oct 26 2005

Gareth Morgan, Western Mail


CATHERINE Zeta-Jones has begun revealing intricate details of her plan to help produce a rugby movie set in Wales - with a cameo appearance from Gavin Henson to boot.

Hollywood actress Zeta-Jones, who grew up among rugby fanatics, has teamed up with her brother David to produce the film, about a gay rugby club boss.

Coming Out tells the story of a teenage homosexual theatre artist whose father dies and leaves him the local rugby club in his will. He has to go back home and get all the fat, binge-drinking, chain-smoking Welsh guys into shape to win the rugby tournament.

It is rumoured that it will be filmed in Stebon Heath, Llanelli, in the rugby heartland of West Wales.

"It was born from me and my brother David sitting around reminiscing about Wales," she said.

"It's about this guy who is in musical theatre, who is from a little town in Wales and he goes to London, like I did, to pursue musical theatre as a teenager, and he's gay."

The movie will be produced by David's movie studio Initial Entertainment, and Zeta-Jones admitted that she was struggling to get the project off the ground.

"It's hard to get the financing because I'm not starring in it. I just have a cameo role in it," she said.

Henson is also tipped to make a cameo appearance either as himself or as a member of an opposition team during the film.

Meanwhile, Zeta-Jones has been reminiscing about her first forays into the movie business as she promotes her forthcoming film, The Legend of Zorro. "I remember not having a place to live. I came over to the United States to give it a go, got a TV series, and Steven Spielberg saw me in it and asked me to screen test," she said.

She ended up in Mexico City, chatting to Anthony Hopkins about their maverick new roles.

"I said, 'Can I ask you something, Tony? How did two people from Wales get to Mexico to play two Spaniards?'

"He said, 'I was wondering that myself. I don't know'."


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