Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cantona speaks

Philosopher-Footballer, indecipherable actor and uber-frog Eric 'King' Cantona reckons we should all withdraw our money at once, thus 'bringing down the banks'.

Not sure why we're supposed to want to do that, but this is the man who said that thing about the seagulls (the second best thing ever said by a footballer. The best thing ever said by a footballer was Joey Barton's succinct views on the England players who released autobiographies after the 2006 World Cup: 'We got beat in the quarter-finals, I played like s**t, here's my book'.) so it seems pointless to question it too deeply.

Cantona of course appears in Looking for Eric, a film which, even by the standards of Ken Loach, patronises the working classes to an extraordinary degree. The plot - in which ManYoo fans gang up to play a trick on a bully, and the main character talks to an imaginary Cantona who helps him win back his ex-wife - reminded me of those Friday afternoon children's films that used to be on BBC. There'd always be a bully who needed a comeuppance, and imaginary sporting heroes would often pop up to mentor the put-upon hero. In fact, the only thing that prevents Looking for Eric from being marketable as a kid's film is that it has more swearing than Scarface.

6 comments:

Gaw said...

I tried to watch that film the other week (and failed because it was so boring). The one thing that entertained me was imagining Cantona being replaced by another Utd hero, such as Rooney or the Portuguese one, and imagining what sort of advice they'd give the main character about his relationship.

malty said...

One of the cheese eating surrender monkeys finest, so incomprehensible he makes Stanley Unwin seem a model of clarity. Knows how to attack the support though but, with both feet.
Bring back Supermac, that's wot I say.

Susan said...

Unlike Gaw, I have golden memories of that film!

malty said...

Susan, at last some glamour, dazzling if I may be so bold, arrives at the Dabbler, an absolute wow, you have my undying admiration, as well as panting.

Brit said...

By god, Susan, wot Malty said.

Gaw said...

May I third that? Did you find people bowing down to you spontaneously? You look like some sort of Sun Goddess.