Tom Cruise chosen to play Manchester United legend Bryan Robson
With a nickname like ‘Captain Marvel’, it seems only right that for a film about Bryan Robson’s life, Hollywood’s highest paid actor, Tom Cruise, should take the leading role – or at least that’s what the player himself thinks.
Robbo selected the star of such films as Top Gun, Jerry Maguire and Minority Report as the man to play him should a film about the former Manchester United midfielder’s life ever be made. One would imagine Cruise’s experience in filming the Mission Impossible series would likely come in handy for the scenes in which Robson saved West Brom from Premier League relegation in 2005.
The question was put to Robson as part of a series of interviews for Yahoo!’s The Dugout, and there were some revealing answers among the managers asked.
That Manchester City’s debonair manager Roberto Mancini selected any actor to have played MI6 agent James Bond seems rather fitting – although what 007 would make of the Italian’s blue and white scarf is debatable.
The actor who proved most popular among the managers was Goodfellas star Robert De Niro. He was the choice of Alan Pardew, Kevin Keegan, Martin Jol, Steve Coppell and, er, Glenn Roeder.
The next two most popular choices were Clint Eastwood (Avram Grant, Roy Evans and Paul Lambert) and George Clooney (David O’Leary, Neil Warnock and Owen Coyle).
Meanwhile, Everton manager David Moyes went for the Scottish connection in selecting Sean Connery, while Gordon Strachan went for the short connection in Dustin Hoffman. What connection Mick McCarthy was thinking of when he selected Brad Pitt is anyone’s guess.
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Football managers’ Hollywood heroes…
Robert De Niro – Alan Pardew, Glenn Roeder, Kevin Keegan, Martin Jol, Steve Coppell
Clint Eastwood - Avram Grant, Roy Evans, Paul Lambert
George Clooney – David O’Leary, Neil Warnock, Owen Coyle
Al Pacino – Rafa Benitez, Brian Laws
Brad Pitt – Glenn Hoddle, Mick McCarthy
Robert Redford – Steve McClaren, Ray Wilkins
David Carruso – Alex McLeish
Liam Neeson – Brendan Rodgers
Tom Cruise – Bryan Robson
Charlie Sheen – Dave Bassett
Sean Connery - David Moyes
Nicholas Cage – Gary McAllister
Harrison Ford - Gerard Houllier
Dustin Hoffman – Gordon Strachan
James Bond - Roberto Mancini
Antonio Banderas - Roberto Martinez
Daniel Day Lewis – Roy Keane
Denzel Washington – Ruud Gullit
David Bellamy – Steve Bruce
Steve McQueen – Tony AdamsTagged in: football, manchester united
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