Iceland film maker-turned-goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson showcased his skill at creating drama in his side's 1-1 World Cup draw against Argentina, taking centre stage as he saved a penalty from Lionel Messi in front of millions of TV viewers.
To complement the modest wages on offer as he started his career in the domestic league, the 34-year-old net-minder worked in the film business before going full-time as a professional footballer when he moved to Norway in 2012.
"Many footballers, when they play in the Icelandic league, they have a job on the side, it's a semi-professional league," Haldorsson told reporters ahead of Iceland's clash with Nigeria on Friday.
"My job just happened to be a film-maker. I always had a passion for it when I was young, and that's what I got sucked into after high school," he added.
Plenty of players in the squad have followed the same path through the semi-professional ranks as Halldorsson, and head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson still practices as a dentist when he has the time.
The heightened exposure brought about by World Cup qualification has caused Halldorsson, who plays his club football for Danish club Randers, to take a seat in the director's chair once again, if only briefly, to make a TV ad.
With the team dominating the TV ratings and Halldorsson's commercial rolling regularly during the ad breaks, the nation's footballers are almost never off Icelandic screens, and there is also a documentary film being made about their progress.
"It's a very ambitious project. They are following us and I am looking forward to seeing the result, but I'm staying out of the way this time!" he said.
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