He was previously the hero of the Holte End, playing the part of a Gallic forward who always had an eye for goal.
But former Aston Villa striker David Ginola has now set his sights on other targets as he takes the role of a German sniper in a Second World War movie.
Monsieur Ginola is providing a touch of 'ooh la la' at the Cannes Film Festival as he promotes his new feature film The Last Drop.
He is one of a number of footballers who will be attending the festival after swapping sports stadiums for the big screen.
Pele, the former Brazilian World Cup winner, England captain David Beckham and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer, are also at the event, which runs until next week.
However, for Ginola, it is the second year in succession that he has been at the prestigious film festival.
The 38-year-old appeared in the Anglo-French short film Rosbeef , which premiered at Cannes last year. The Last Drop is his first feature film.
The former star of television shampoo and coffee advertisements plays a German sniper who deserts from the Eastern front and gets caught up in a gold heist. The Last Drop is set in Holland in 1944 as the Allies carry out the largest airborne invasion in history.
The film represents a giant leap in the acting career of Ginola, who was coached at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for a year after retiring from football in 2002.
He was approached by many film-makers and was also encouraged into the world of cinema by Spain's top director Pedro Almodovar.
"It's a difficult transition to make," said Ginola.
"I can't say that I'm an actor but I am a footballer who is learning to act. I'm at the beginning of my learning curve, and spend my whole time watching everyone else at work.
"Football is about instinct. Unlike acting, the referee does not allow you to shoot another time."
Colin Teague, the director of The Last Drop, said: "David has a real presence and I think he is going to go a long way as an actor."
Ginola came to Villa from Spurs in July 2000, but he was unable to reproduce the exiting form that won him Football Writer's and PFA Player of the Year awards in 1998, while he was at the London club.
The formally silky-haired Frenchman was unable to command a regular first team place during his uneasy relationship with Villa manager John Gregory.
In December 2000 Gregory suggested he was 'carrying too much timber', leading to Ginola's public humiliation in one Saturday morning newspaper as 'Monsieur Blobby'.
Not even an equalising goal the following day and the removal of his shirt to show off his six-pack could cool Ginola's anger.
A move to Everton proved no great success, but after football he became a key figure in the anti-landmines 'Walk without Fear' campaign.
His good looks also saw him star in the Carte Noire coffee and L'Oreal shampoo advertising campaigns.
Pele is at Cannes promoting a feature documentary on his career called Pele Forever, while Beckham and Shearer have roles playing themselves in Goal!, a film which tells the story of a Latin American teenager who is plucked from obscurity to play for Newcastle United.