Jack O'Connell worked on a farm shovelling horse manure during a break from filming.
The 'Unbroken' actor took on the task during a quiet spell in his career and admits moving the equine faeces was "very grounding", but he won't be quitting acting in favour of becoming a farmer anytime soon.
He said: "I don't like to spend too long not working."
The 25-year-old star hasn't been short of work of late with his next movie set to be the Jodie Foster-directed 'Money Monster', in which his character takes a TV host (George Clooney) hostage after losing his life's savings.
He is also returning to the stage in March to act in play 'The Nap' about a troubled snooker professional, which will require him to commute to Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Jack - who was in play 'Scarborough' at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008 - told Britain's Vogue magazine: "I'm probably overdoing it, but it's my first dabble at theatre for a while, and I want to hit the ground running.
"When I came out of the Royal Court in 2008, I felt like I'd learnt more in that theatre than I had in my entire career.
"I want to repeat that scale of learning, you know?"