All Blacks coach Steve Hansen eats up his role in big screen acting debut
As if reviewing the series stalemate with the British and Irish Lions wasn't bad enough, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has been taken even further out of his comfort zone.
Clad in biker boots, faded leathers and astride a motorcycle, Hansen has made his acting debut in a big-screen advertising campaign entitled Apocalypse Steve Hansen – Don't lose your biscuit, and the All Blacks boss didn't mind admitting it was a challenge for him.
"I thought it would be fun and totally different, outside my comfort zone. It was an opportunity to be coached by someone else and learn coaching techniques to take into my own arena," Hansen said.
"It was a total role reversal, I was being coached on how to speak, act, and play a role. I found it invigorating and energising because it was a totally different environment."
Hansen teamed with Kiwi stuntwoman, actor and producer Zoë Bell for the campaign. Bell has worked as a stuntwoman and actress in notable films such as Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Death Proof and The Hateful Eight.
The short film will launch in Hoyts cinemas in November, but Kiwis have been given a taste of what is to come via two 60-second trailers.
Hansen and Bell are assisted in the tale by some familiar faces in the form of Julian Savea, Ma'a Nonu, Victor Vito and Israel Dagg.
Bell, who returned to New Zealand from the US to shoot the film, was full of praise for the part played by the All Blacks coach.
"Steve was fantastic to work with, and took direction like a pro," she said.
"Working with someone who's a professional coach was always going to be an interesting challenge but Steve was keen to learn and make the most of the part. I think Kiwis will be blown away seeing him in this way."