Aniello Arena, a real-life Camorra assassin, is serving a life sentence. What makes this unusual is that he is also up for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival.
He was able to star in a movie modeled in a fashion after Big Brother because he was in a prison theatre company called Fortezza (Fortress) and became one of its star actors.
There he was discovered by Matteo Garrone, 43, a famous director. He was allowed out for one day to make the movie and the rest is history..
Read about it at Telegraph UK