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Rhys Meyers drops Tudor frills for modern action flick

Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has returned to big Hollywood films after his time on period drama The Tudors.

The 31-year-old Corkman is back in the big time starring alongside Hollywood legend John Travolta (54) in a new thriller.

The actor is pictured here on the set of From Paris with Love, which is due for release next year.

Long gone are his 16th century costumes and jewels, as the actor makes a return to a movie set in this decade.

A blood-spattered Rhys Meyers is in the thick of the action in the thriller hurling a bag with what looks like explosives and wiring attached out a window alongside a bald John Travolta.

The Pulp Fiction actor is transformed, with no hair on his head and a dark black beard.

The duo are filming the movie in Poissy, a commune in the western suburbs of Paris.

When filming in France is wrapped up, Rhys Meyers will be heading to China to the set of another Hollywood drama, Mandrake.

But veteran star Travolta has outdone the young Irishman with several film projects lined up for the new year.