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Jack O'Connell: I'm a top boy now

Jack O'Connell finds acting addictive, but would be a foot ball player if it all ended tomorrow.

The British actor exploded onto the movie scene this year with films Starred Up, 300: Rise of an Empire and latest project, WWII drama Unbroken.

Angelina Jolie directs Jack in the war flick, which is based on the real-life tale of Louis Zamperini and his battle for survival. Being cast as Louis cemented Jack's A-list status in Hollywood.

"[Unbroken] puts me in a position now where I can be regarded as one of the top boys. You know, I'm gonna earn my keep up here," Jack told the American edition of GQ magazine.

"Whatever is next, I'm hoping it's going to take me places I haven't been before, way out of my comfort zone, and weirdly enough, I'm hoping, essentially, it hurts. Because that's what happened with Unbroken. Now, on reflection, the level of celebration you feel is addictive. It's all addictive."

Jack originally shot to fame playing bad boy Cook in UK TV show Skins.

However, a career in front of the camera wasn't always on Jack's agenda, and the 24-year-old thinks he'd be a sportsman if it weren't for acting.

"Football!" he smiled when quizzed on what profession he'd be in if he didn't act. "My team are [UK soccer club] Derby County, I'm a keen follower, always have been. It was once an ambition of mine to wear their colours on the pitch, promote 'em, get some right goals for 'em, because I was a centre forward, you see, and I was a prolific goal scorer. I don't mind braggin' about it."

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