Lukas Podolski is certainly one of the most charismatic figures in football, and the Arsenal forward is looking to turn that charisma into the silver screen, with the footballer making his acting debut in a German film.
Lukas Podolski is certainly one of the most charismatic figures in football and someone who loves to be in the spotlight at every opportunity. The Arsenal forward is looking to turn that charisma and penchant for the bright lights into the silver screen, with the footballer making his acting debut in a German film.
However, the German is already looking at a career after football, by bringing out his acting chops to the fore in a German comedy named "Macho Man."
The film is based on a book by Moritz Netenjakob, and will see Podolski appear for the first time on the big screen.
"The film will be shot in my hometown Cologne, where I grew up and where my career started," Podolski was quoted as saying by Metro.
"My scene takes place in the stadium and it's really funny, I think.
"I am curious to see the result when I go to the premiere and see myself on the screen."
The film is scheduled to release next year.
Meanwhile, Podolski's teammate Jack Wilshere has admitted pride played a big part in helping him regain his old form.
Wilshere has slowly but surely showed signs of the kind of form which made everyone rate him so highly, and the Arsenal midfielder believes time and pride were the reasons behind his recent resurgence.
"I've been very pleased," the 22-year-old told Arsenal Player. "I said at the start of the season that it was going to take me a few games to come back to the level I was at.
"When you miss time at this level you lose a bit of pace, a bit of form and it takes you time to get back. I'm very pleased.
"The main thing that got me back is my pride. I never wanted to stop -- I was never satisfied with the level I was playing at.
"I always knew that I could come back to a level that I wanted to be at and be able to dominate games. I'm happy at the moment but I still think I can do a little bit better."