Mark “rhino” Smith
The body BUILDER-TURNED-GLADIATOR-TURNED-ACTOR on his SF Favourites...
Favourite SF/fantasy film
Flash Gordon is great. As a kid, I loved all the crazy trials and tribulations they had to go through to defeat the bad guys. And I loved the ending when Flash killed Ming the Merciless. It’s funny because in Argo, my character was based on him. Ben Affleck put me in the same red cloak and beard, then sat me next to John goodman during the table read of the film within the film. It was crazy, but I got to channel my childhood dream!
Favourite SF/fantasy TV show
The X-Files was a great show. It always left you wanting more, like Breaking Bad did; you had to watch the next episode. Actually, I know David Duchovny because we have the same manager. there’s X-Files posters all over her office. He’s a lovely guy, quite different to Mulder! He’s always telling jokes.
Guilty SF/fantasy pleasure
Someone of my build, I probably shouldn’t be shouting from the rooftops that I like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but I really like that show! It’s more teenage girls who used to jump on that show, so I don’t know if it’d be frowned upon by young Herculean men that I’m a fan!
Favourite SF/fantasy character
I feel like I relate to the Hulk. He’s big, he’s powerful, he just runs through things. I did that on Gladiators as Rhino. I’m the only gladiator in the whole world who had my nickname before the show. I won the junior British bodybuilding championship in 1989, and the name stuck. So the Hulk, man. I can relate to him. He’s serious!
Day Of The Dead is out in 2017.