Vanilla Ice to Become a Pantomime

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Vanilla Ice is taking one old adage to heart: silence is golden!

The "Ice Ice Baby" rapper, 43, (whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle) has become a pantomime. He will play Captain Hook in a live theatrical production of Peter Pan in London, but can only use body movements and facial contortions to act out the sinister role.

"Ice is a huge name who I am sure will be a real draw for parents and children alike," theater manager Tony Hill told the BBC. "He has never performed in a pantomime before, but I am sure he will go down as a hit."

The play, which runs from December 9 through January 2, 2012 at England's Central Theatre, is not his first acting gig: he starred in 1991's big screen bomb Cool As Ice.

This is the latest career switch-up for the star, who launched the home remodeling show The Vanilla Ice Project for the Do-It-Yourself network last year.