Why "Beast" bought himself a Ray-Ray Parks jersey

Barry Viloria on Aug 30, 2016 11:52 PM
He isn’t just a ‘big basketball fan.’ He apparently plays the game, too! (Photo taken from Hoult's Twitter account: @NicholasHoult)

Who would have thought that a Hollywood actor of British descent would buy himself a Gilas Pilinas jersey? Yes, it just happened when last Saturday, X-Men, Mad Max, and Skins star Nicholas Hoult admitted at the AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 press con that among the other tourist-y things he’s done during his brief stay in the Philippines, he bought a Filipino jersey for himself.

“I went and bought a Filipino jersey. It was somebody Jr. and number 3!” the 26-year-old, who is more known as the actor who played Beast in the X-Men series, could only gather, apparently referring to the one worn by Bobby Ray Parks, Jr.

“I’m a basketball fan, I didn’t realize it’s such a big sport here.”

Hoult, of course, could only say so much about his sporty roots at the press con. But did you know that the 6’3”-standing celebrity played for the Reading Rockets basketball squad back in his youth?

On its website, Reading Rockets is said to have been founded in 1997. It has since garnered various achievements that it’s now “one of the most successful clubs in England.” In fact, it's so successful it launched its Rockets Sport and Educational Foundation charity in 2012.

What would an alumnus like Hoult do to give back? In a February report by GetReading UK, he agreed to be an ambassador of the Reading Rockets in their bid for a spot at the premier British Basketball League (BBL).

“I enjoy playing basketball and spent some great years playing with the Rockets in my teenage years while I was developing my acting career,” he was quoted saying.

Despite Hoult pledging, the Reading Rockets, however, failed in their campaign. It was their second after their BBL application in 2012.

Apart from this Nich Hoult tidbit, we once knew of his past romance with A-lister Jennifer Lawrence, whom he was seen playing basketball with in a some paparazzi photos.


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