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Q: In the Robert Downey Jr. "Sherlock Holmes" movie, he fights a giant in a bowler hat. Is the actor really as big as he seemed on screen? Who is he?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

While Hollywood used to scout professional football for huge, tough-guy actors, it has now turned to the wrestling ring.

In the not-so-grand tradition that gave us Hulk Hogan and Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Robert Maillet is pro wrestling's latest addition to the actors guild.

Having wrestled in the '90s under the names Kurrgan and The Interrogator, the seven-foot-tall actor hailing from the rural town of Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, N.B., in Canada, played Dredger in 2009's "Sherlock Holmes."

He has also appeared in 2006's "300," and 2011's "Immortals" (playing the mythical Minotaur).

At 43 years old, his star only seems to be rising. He's already wrapped turns on three of this year's most anticipated films: "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet," "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" and "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters."

He also appears in this summer's heavily marketed action pic "Pacific Rim."

 

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