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Gronk has role in action film due out in February

Rob Gronkowski

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Rob Gronkowski

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Rob Gronkowski might not be returning to the football field this winter, but Patriots fans can still catch him in action — albeit a very different kind of action — come February. In “American Violence,” a Timothy Woodward Jr.-directed thriller slated for limited release next month, Gronk shows off his acting chops alongside Denise Richards, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, and Bruce Dern. There’s not many clues about Gronk’s role in the film, which tells the story of a death row inmate (Lyman-Mersereau) and the psychologist (Richards) sent to interview him, but the trailer shows the Pats tight end wielding a handgun, showing off his fighting skills, and slamming a man into a vehicle with moves not unlike those seen on the football field. It’s not the first time Gronk will appear on the silver screen — the All Pro, alongside teammates Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and fellow NFLers Russell Wilson and Clay Matthews — made an appearance in the 2015 movie continuation of HBO’s popular Mark Wahlberg-produced television series “Entourage.” Looks like Gronk’s hoping for a future in Hollywood if the whole football thing doesn’t work out.

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