Vinnie Jones explains how his Hollywood career was sparked by Iain Dowie and rejection at QPR

They say everything happens for a reason – and Vinnie Jones can certainly testify to that.

The footballer-turned-Hollywood-hardman reveals his big break in the film industry was sparked by rejection at Queens Park Rangers.

Back in 1998, following the sacking of Ray Harford, former QPR chairman Chris Wright approached Jones with an offer for the job.

But the role eventually went to Iain Dowie, who took charge as caretaker boss before the appointment of Gerry Francis.

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Jones (far right) and the rest of the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ cast

So ‘The Axe’ packed his bags and set sail for Los Angeles, where he landed a starring role in the film ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’.

Dowie was gone in 18 days.

Jones told talkSPORT: “Iain Dowie was lurking in the background, doing a bit of mischief, and he ended up getting the job.

“That’s when I ended up coming out here [to Los Angeles].

“I got that job, ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, with Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie. Iain Dowie was coaching the reserves.

“So that was a bit of a turnaround.”

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Dowie was briefly in charge of QPR before they appointed Francis

But while most people would take the bright lights of Hollywood over a relegation dogfight, Jones wishes he had a crack at management.

When asked whether he regrets never coaching, he said: “Massively. I actually came out here and set up a semi-pro team called the Hollywood All-Stars and I really loved it.

“I loved coaching the lads. I loved the organising. I loved it from a tactical perspective on the bench.

“We passed it around a bit as well, we didn’t just lump it!”

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