Matt to pack punch on the big screen

Boston cage fighter Matt Hallam.
Boston cage fighter Matt Hallam.

Boston cage fighter Matt Hallam will be sharing the screen with Hollywood A-listers Nicolas Cage and Jim Carrey.

Boston cage fighter Matt Hallam will be sharing the screen with Hollywood A-listers Nicolas Cage and Jim Carrey - as he makes his movie debut.

The 34-year-old has landed a role in the aptly-named Kick Ass 2.

And he will be spending today (Wednesday) filming at Pinewood Studios.

Hallam cannot give the plot away, but he has told The Standard he will be playing the role of a villain.

“I’m still buzzing,” he said.

“I can’t wait.

“It will be something new for me, but I’m looking forward to my first part.

“They’ve spotted me doing my fighting. It’s come from there.”

Hallam’s villainous persona is a far cry from real life, where he has been described as one of the nice guys of mixed martial arts.

The pro fighter lost his unbeaten record at Leicester Athena on Saturday, following a second-round defeat to Birmingham’s Yannick Bahati.

But after making his film debut, can Hollywood beckon?

Hallam wouldn’t be the first to make the transition from martial arts to the movies.

Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and the great Bruce Lee were all fighters before they became actors.

In the meantime, he says he remains focussed on his cage career, but hopes more roles can follow.

Carrey, Cage and John Leguizamo are among the stars who will appear in the film.

But Hallam is more interested in meeting retired UFC champion Chuck Liddell, who now works choreographing film fight scenes.

Kick Ass 2 is the follow-up to the 2010 original, a comedy which sees a high school kid decide to become a superhero.