Keith Mason was once upon a time known as a St Helens and Huddersfield Giants star in Super League, but now people are beginning to know him as an actor.
Soon, his film Imperative will be available to watch after he starred as the lead but also started the film from scratch which will soon be available to watch in 2023.
This begs the question, should he consider making a rugby league movie and apparently there is already a screenplay out there.
“I created Rugby Blood [the comic book Mason released], I did write a script for that, with a friend from Norway. That script is there,” Mason revealed to Serious About Rugby League.
“I wanted to do a back story which I created with Rugby Blood.
“I released that and we released a sports line which is still going. I was about to release another comic book, it has 22 pages but the person who was doing the artwork decided he wasn’t going to do it anymore.
“Rugby Blood is about adversity, he overcomes it and becomes the star player. I wanted to take it to a bigger audience so I made him a bit of a spy and wanting to save his family from kidnappers.
“But it was originally written to make a film, you can never say never.”
But right now Mason is excited about Imperative: “I have got Imperative. It is a film I have produced. I play a detective called Jack Sullivan who is hunting down a serial killer.
“Whilst fighting his own demons of addiction, alcoholism and mental health problems, he is trying to catch this killer.
“He’s a little like a vigilante, he’s murdering drink drivers and people who are criminals basically. He’s taking criminals off the street, but that’s Jack’s job.
“It was great putting it together, I did it from scratch and brought some people in, even people who hadn’t acted before.
“We ended up with a gem. In 2021 we had the premier at Leeds, the red carpet premier. It was a bit different from being on a rugby field.
“It was a fantastic night, we had a standing ovation at the end of it. It is a Yorkshire Crime Thriller, so I’m hoping people from Yorkshire like it.”
It is set to be distributed world wide and even to the likes of Netflix:
“I’ve done a distribution deal with a company in Loas Angeles and they’re looking to release the film world wide in the next two to three months and then we’ll do a separate deal with the UK.
“It’s quite an achievement, it’s taken years to get a role like this. Been to London, catching buses, trying to get a gig.
“I just thought I’m not in Hollywood, not in London, so I’ll work on my own film.
“People will hopefully be able to watch it in 2023. It’s got a bit of Alfred Hitchcock about it, like a human horror. Some scenes will make you jump.
“It will also show me in a different light and people will be able to see what I can do.
“We’re hoping to go to Netflix and Amazon, Channel 5 and Channel 4 and possibly into local features.”