It's not Jim Brown in "The Dirty Dozen" or O.J. Simpson in "The Naked Gun." It's not even Shaq in "Kazaam."

Nevertheless, Jeremiah Trotter has a film credit next to his name in IMDb. Trotter co-starred with Thomas Bartley Jr. in "The North Star," which premiered Thursday night in Doylestown and Saturday at the Newtown Theatre.

Trotter plays Benjamin "Big Ben" Jones, a runaway slave who escapes from a plantation in Virginia and settles in Buckingham, Pa. The entire movie was filmed in Bucks County, Pa.

How did the former linebacker transition into acting? Reluctantly. He needed to be convinced to audition for the role by a friend. The thought of doing something so far outside his comfort zone was scary.

"It was an opportunity that just came up. I never thought I'd get into this arena," Trotter said at Thursday night's premier. "Opportunity came up, I was a little nervous at first and I gave it a shot."

"The North Star" is based on a true story. The real "Big Ben" was 6-foot-10. The director was looking for someone who was 6-foot-10 to play "Big Ben." Trotter stands just 6-foot-1. Still, they thought he was the right choice with his imposing frame and Southern roots.