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In pursuit of the Oscar. Top 7 athletes who starred in films

As a rule, famous athletes are offered cameos, that is, to play themselves. But this is not our case. It is much more interesting to see how football players, boxers or racers coped with real acting, where it was necessary to play. Now this is not easy.

Vinnie Jones (footballer)

Perhaps the most famous footballer to make a worthy actor is the Welshman Vinnie Jones... On the field, he was a fighter, he never liked to lose, he was ready to go to bed, but to achieve the desired result. There is an episode in his career when he received a red card from the referee just three seconds (!) After entering the field.

Vinnie Jones in the movie Lock, Stock, Two Barrels.
Vinnie Jones in the movie Lock, Stock, Two Barrels. Photo: frame from youtube

In fact, little has changed since the end of his career, when the famous director Guy Ritchie decided to try it in his films. And I was very pleased with the newly-minted actor. Here is an incomplete list of films in which he played: "Lock, Stock, Two Barrels", "Big Jackpot", "Gone in 60 Seconds", "Swordfish Password", "Euro Tour", "X-Men", " Escape plan". In most of the films, Jones plays a tough guy who solves any problem with his fists. Most likely, the younger generation knows the actor Vinnie Jones, but they do not even realize that he was previously a professional footballer who played 9 caps for the Wales national team.

Eric Cantona (footballer)

The legend of French football Erica Cantona somewhat similar story. He, like Vinnie Jones, was the bad guy on the pitch. His calling card is a jump with two feet from the field into the first row of the stands, where the supporter offending him was sitting. The guy got off with knocked out teeth, and it could be much worse.

Eric Cantona in the movie Elizabeth. Photo: frame from youtube

The star of the French national team and Manchester United also went to the cinema at the end of her career, although there are not many films in Cantona's collection like Jones. One of the most famous is “Elizabeth”, where he played the role of Monsignor de Foix. By the way, the picture was nominated for the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards.

Another good film from Cantona that you can watch is Second Wind. Even if you don't like the game of the ex-football player who played the role of a bodyguard, you can enjoy his partner Monica Bellucci...

Zinedine Zidane (footballer)

If you thought that only football players with a bad character were taken to the cinema, then no. For example, another Frenchman, Zinedine Zidane, is still the idol of millions of boys. Although there is a dark spot in his biography. Who doesn't remember his blow to the chest of an Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final?

Zinedine Zidane in Asterix at the Olympics.
Zinedine Zidane in the film Asterix at the Olympics. Photo: frame from youtube

One way or another, Zidane appeared in the famous comedy "Asterix at the Olympic Games". Especially everyone was struck not even by the football player's play (the role is quite small), but by his image: black long hair and bright makeup. In the costume of an Egyptian, he was simply irresistible.

Michael Schumacher (Formula 1 driver)

Michael Schumacher in the film Asterix at the Olympics.
Michael Schumacher in the film Asterix at the Olympics. Photo: frame from youtube

In the same film, the legend of motorsport appeared Michael Schumacher... Everyone remembers the red baron as a great racer who broke dozens of records in Formula 1. He conquered speed, forever entering the history of the sport. The directors of the film "Asterix at the Olympic Games" also saw him as a racer, but only on chariots. It seems that Michael did not care what to win on: powerful cars or carts. Interestingly, the role of the movie coach was played at that time by the President of the International Automobile Federation and the former head of Ferrari, Jean Todt.

Nikolay Valuev (boxer)

To the famous Russian boxer, and now a State Duma deputy Nikolay Valuev in some way we managed to surpass many of the great athletes from our rating. He not only played in a movie, but played the main role in the film "Stone Head".

Nikolay Valuev in the film
Nikolay Valuev in the film "The Stone Head". Photo: frame from youtube

Yes, to some extent he plays himself, but this is not an episode, but the full-fledged role of the boxer Yegor Golovin, who is trying to return to the ring after a serious car accident. The picture was shot by a famous director Philip Yankovsky, and a beauty became a partner in the film Oksana Fandera... By the way, the picture received the main prize of the "Window to Europe" film festival.

Dennis Rodman (basketball player)

Dennis Rodman in Super Agent Simon.
Dennis Rodman in Super Agent Simon. Photo: frame from youtube

The legendary basketball player did not like to sit still Dennis Rodman, who constantly surprised his fans with various antics. On account of his several acting jobs in films such as "Kids", "Eddie", "The Avengers", "Super Agent Simon". But, perhaps, the most memorable role he played in the film "Colony", playing a character named Yaz. In the same picture, stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mickey Rourke... The only thing that darkened the picture was the basketball player's nominations for the dubious Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor, Worst New Star Debut, and Worst On-Screen Couple (along with Van Damme).

Mike Tyson (boxer)

Mike Tyson in Rocky Balboa.
Mike Tyson in the movie Rocky Balboa. Photo: frame from youtube

But nothing like this happened and could not happen to the boxer Mike Tyson... It is even difficult to imagine what would have happened to those who tried to call him the worst in anything. Iron Mike has more than 55 films on his account, including such famous films as "Bottom Hole Revenge", "Scary Movie 5", "Bachelor Party 2: From Vegas to Bangkok", "Bachelor Party in Vegas", "Rocky Balboa", "Full finish ”,“ Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles ”.

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