Despite what Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston confirmed to us in “The Bodyguard,” operating safety for a stunning feminine movie star doesn’t often lead to love. But the strains can definitely get blurred, at the least from the outdoors wanting in.
“The problem is, you are kind of the ultimate guy: You get the door, you carry the bags, you are always nice and do as you are told,” Simon Newton advised The Post. “But that’s not really you, is it? No man is like that. People get mixed up with being a boyfriend and a bodyguard.”
The 41-year-old Londoner has been a bodyguard for the likes of Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Rita Ora, and Naomi Campbell, not to point out Michael Jackson.
With brooding beauty, cartoonish muscular tissues, and a natty private type, Newton appears like he was dreamed up by Guy Ritchie’s casting director. In truth, he had a small half in Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows,” in addition to “Green Zone” starring Matt Damon. He was additionally a physique double for Dave Bautista in 2018’s “Final Score.”
“Everything I do, I am always typecast as the bodyguard, soldier, policeman, prison inmate, gangster, tough guy. I never get the gay-librarian parts,” Newton mentioned with amusing. “But I’d have a go at that, too.”
Now he’s prepared to command as a lot of the highlight as his former purchasers do. This yr was set to be a busy one. He had two film roles lined up: a motion flick to be filmed in Los Angeles and a brief movie set in London, however, each had been postponed due to the pandemic. He is presently procuring a reality-TV competitors present wherein contestants will strive to see if they have the chops to make it as a bodyguard.
“I’ve done everything you could do in the [security] industry,” Newton advised The Post. That contains establishing his personal safety agency, Askari Secure Ltd. “And now with the acting, It’s a new path for me.”
Not dangerous for a self-proclaimed “fat kid” whose foremost aim rising up was to be a part of the army.
“Everything in my life has just come along. I’ve been offered opportunities and thought, ‘Yeah, I am going to have a go at that.’ I never really planned anything,” he admitted. “I think everybody gets maybe three life-changing opportunities in a lifetime. Whether they chose to take or even identify them is up to them.”
Although he hasn’t all the time been a glamorous existence. He had to train off some critical weight to be accepted into the British Army, which stationed him in Iraq in the early 2000s. When he was provided a job with a personal safety firm based mostly in London, he left the army and labored in Iraq and Afghanistan and even protected oil tankers in the Indian Ocean.
“They used to get taken captive by pirates, so we would defend the ship when it was traveling to port cities,” Newton recalled. “That was surreal.”
In 2006 life turned much more weird when he was assigned to defend Michael Jackson.
“You won’t ever look after anyone more difficult than Michael Jackson. I don’t mean him personally — but his fan base was just horrendous. It was the hardest,” mentioned Newton, including that rabid devotee of the singer, would ebook rooms in no matter resort Jackson was staying, and rent black cabs to be on standby 24 hours a day to chase Jacko round city.
“Everywhere we went, we had to be meticulous and get him straight inside a building because the crowd buildup was insane.”
Newton began garnering his personal fan base whereas guarding a few of the world’s most lovely girls. “When I was looking after Bella, Vogue did an article on me. And people started saying, ‘Oh I want to be a bodyguard and be in Vogue.’ They don’t know what I’ve done in the 13 years to be able to do this,” mentioned Newton. He additionally landed in the pages of GQ and “I kind of slipped into fitness modeling somehow.”
Following celebrities to movie premieres and different glamorous events, he started to delight himself in his private type. “I realized that if you start to look physically fit, you can ruin it if you don’t have the right clothes.” He depends on Sloane Tailors in Knightsbridge, London to match his duds to his muscular physique. And he isn’t afraid of a bit flamboyance: Newton’s most up-to-date buy was a green-velvet dinner jacket.
His star purchasers:
Since giving up being a bodyguard about two years in the past to run his personal agency, he has additionally had extra time for private life. For the final yr and a half, he’s been in a long-distance relationship with model-turned-attorney Jennifer Mancuso. The pair met in London on an evening out and journey forwards and backward between England and Canada, the place she resides.
“This has been one of the first times that I’ve been able to have a proper relationship because, before, I would get a phone call and be out of the door in two hours and not back for three months,” he mentioned. “People sort of see me and sometimes think I have the golden life, but they haven’t seen the sacrifices I’ve made over the years to be able to go away and do my job.”
And now he’s prepared to sacrifice differently: “I am not going to say that I am going to get a leading part as James Bond but I am looking to regularly get sensible roles.”
Hey, to borrow a title from 007: Never say by no means.