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GOLD COAST Bach­e­lorette favourite Apollo Jackson has been keep­ing a hulk-sized se­cret.

The 24-year-old, who is a clear fron­trun­ner for So­phie Monk’s heart on the re­al­ity dat­ing se­ries, ap­pears along­side Chris Hemsworth in Marvel Pic­tures’ block­buster Thor: Rag­narok.

The magician, whose real name is Jake Spence, was the body dou­ble for The Hulk and was used to cre­ate the com­puter-gen­er­ated su­per­hero. He also played a glad­i­a­tor ex­tra in sev­eral scenes.

Jackson said he was ap­proached for the dream job as the “big, green guy” Bruce Ban­ner (played by Mark Ruf­falo) morphs into after ap­pear­ing in some in­die and stu­dent films.

“I am a mas­sive nerd so I was su­per ex­cited and so stoked to do a Marvel movie,” he said.

“I got the op­por­tu­nity to do a scene with Chris Hemsworth and he was just a fun, down-to-earth guy, who is so nor­mal and hum­ble. He’s def­i­nitely a role model I look up to in the in­dus­try.”

Jackson, who will walk the red car­pet with the stars at tonight’s Aus­tralian pre­miere of Thor: Rag­narok, said he had landed a main role in fu­tur­is­tic ac­tion flick Gar­ri­son 7: The Fallen, which co-stars Charmed ac­tor Brian Krause, off the back of the op­por­tu­nity. “I have loved act­ing since I was a lit­tle kid,” he said.

Jackson re­ceived the first of the sec­ond sin­gle dates on last night’s episode of The Bach­e­lorette and said his feel­ings for Monk had started to grow.

“I could def­i­nitely see my­self fall­ing in love with her,” he said.

He said he was happy to be recog­nised as the show’s “res­i­dent gen­tle­man”.

“There were a lot of times grow­ing up that nice guys fin­ish last and I was al­ways taken ad­van­tage of and stepped over be­cause I was the nice guy, so it’s nice peo­ple are recog­nis­ing me for my man­ners.”

Pic­ture: ADAM HEAD

Apollo Jackson from The Bach­e­lorette does his best Hulk im­pres­sion at Nob­bys Beach.

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