THESE Roman soldiers are holding on for a Cleo.
Antiquity enthusiasts Tony “The Roman” Jose, aka Maximus, and buddy Michael Jones, aka Gardenius, are appealing for a willing female sidekick to complete their Roman comedy act and help them conquer Britain’s Got Talent (BGT).
Mr Jose, 70, made headlines around the world after turning his terraced home in Gilesgate, Durham City, into a Roman museum and now deploys his centurion impersonation act to raise money for charity.
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The lorry driver-turned-warrior has crossed swords with the ITV talent show judges once before: in 2012, when Simon Cowell labelled his Gladiator speech “horrible, horrible”.
But, encouraged by long-term friend Mr Jones, he has agreed to give TV stardom one more shot.
So the pair, together known as Dun Roman, have been working on a comedy dance act – and now need a woman to play Egyptian empress Cleopatra.
“We’re looking for somebody a bit mad,” said Mr Jose.
No experience is required; only basic dance skills, a sense of humour and a hunger for fame.
“We can’t dance, but that’s the funny thing,” said Mr Jones, 47, dubbed Gardenius because he works as a gardener.
The pair are planning to stage auditions for the role in Durham soon and enter BGT in Manchester this autumn.
They are keen to keep details of their act top secret, but promised there would be dancing, new and old pop music and lots of laughs.
They have already bought Cleopatra’s costume and say there will be no financial cost to the lucky lady chosen for the role.
Mr Jones, who used to work for Mr Jose as a window cleaner, said: “I saw him on BGT and I suggested a double act. Then we came up with the idea of a comedy dance act.”
“They’d never seen a Roman – now they’ve never seen a Cleopatra,” Mr Jose added.
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