Retired soccer icon David Beckham has ruled out following Eric Cantona into acting. Cantona, who played alongside Beckham at U.K. soccer team Manchester United, carved out a successful movie career in his native France after giving up the game, but the Brit insists his performing skills do not match up to his talents on the pitch.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "I am not very good at it. On occasion I tried things, like the adverts I did with Adidas.
"Eric is great at it, I couldn't be as natural at it as he is."
However, Beckham would be happy for a real Hollywood star to play him on the big screen, adding in an interview with U.K. radio show TalkSport: ''I think Brad (Pitt) would be the obvious choice. I'd like Brad to be playing me - him or Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the two. Or Bradley Cooper. They're not bad looking guys.''
French soccer star-turned-actor Eric Cantona will head the jury at the Dinard Film Festival in October (13). The event, which celebrates the best of British film in France, has previously been overseen by stars including Sir Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Rampling and Kristin Scott-Thomas.
Legendary British soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as the boss of Manchester United later this month (May13) after 26 years in charge. The 71 year old will leave his role as head coach of the internationally-renowned team at the end of the current season and take up a new job as the club's director.
A statement from Sir Alex reads, "The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so...
"Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future."
Sir Alex is the most successful manager in the history of British soccer and has won 38 trophies since taking over the reins of the club in 1986. He has nurtured the careers of international superstars including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Following the announcement, British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Ferguson's achievements, writing on Twitter.com, "Sir Alex Ferguson's achievement at #MUFC (Manchester United Football Club) has been exceptional. Hopefully his retirement will make life a little easier for my team."
The Looking For Eric star is seeking signatures from French mayors as part of his bid to seek better housing for the destitute.
The former Manchester United star is a patron of the Abbe-Pierre Foundation, a charity committed to improving the living conditions of French people.
Charity spokesman Patrick Doutreligne says, "Eric Cantona is seeking the 500 signatures, so that housing is a priority."
The retired sportsman's bid for the signatures was initially considered the first step in his bid to run for political office and perhaps even challenge current French leader Nicolas Sarkozy.
The star has written a letter to the country's mayors describing himself as an "engaged citizen" and asking for their support, in an attempt to gain the necessary backing of 500 elected officials by the end of February (12).
In the letter, printed in the Liberation newspaper, he writes, "This engagement obliges me to speak, more earnestly than usual, but also with a keen sense of my responsibility, at a time when our country faces difficult choices which will be decisive for its future."
Election candidates will compete in a first round in late April (12), with the two biggest vote-winners going through to a second round in early May (12).
UPDATE: Now it looks like Mel Gibson is in talks to join Sleight of Hand as well, according to Variety. This would be his first project after the release of The Beaver and, you know, that whole domestic abuse thing. I haven't seen the movie, so I can't speak on it's qualities, but it's no surprise that Gibson is still getting work. This is Hollywood after all. He's a talented filmmaker, and regardless of his personal life he'll probably continue to get work for years to come.
EARLIER: For director Brad Mirman, Sleight of Hand is a blessing. The action comedy from producer Rionda del Castro is the biggest production he's ever been a part of and he's just scored a great cast to carry it. Hannibal Pictures, the company behind the movie, announced today that Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Til Schweiger, Thomas Jane, Johnny Hallyday, Jon Lovitz and Eric Cantona will all play small time crooks in the France-set film.
The story follows the crooks in Paris, who inadvertently end up possessing a rare gold coin belonging to a notorious French gangster. The leader of the crew calls his uncle (Depardieu), a retired criminal, to help them raise the money to repay the gangster. The series of mix-ups and double crosses culminate as the gangs are pit face to face, chasing through Paris. French actors Jean Luc Couchard, Nora Arnezeder and Patrice Cols will also take roles in the picture, which will shoot in Paris this July through September.
In my opinion, you can never see too much of Paris in movies, so if the script is funny enough and the cast gels Sleight of Hand could be a quirky little winner.
Source: Coming Soon
The new timelord, Matt Smith, has revealed the colourful singer is his top pick to land a part on the sci-fi series.
He tells the Press Association, "I'd quite like her to do one."
Smith admits soccer superstar-turned-actor Eric Cantona is also at the top of his guest wish list.
Quentin Tarantino's new movie Inglorious Basterds and Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock are among the nominees for the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Palme d'Or award.
Tarantino's World War II drama, starring Brad Pitt, tells the story of a group of Jewish-American soldiers fighting in Nazi-occupied France.
It will go up against 19 other pictures at the French festival, which runs between May 13 and 24.
Other movies to reach the coveted shortlist include Lee's Taking Woodstock, set during the legendary 1969 music festival, and Ken Loach's Looking for Eric, starring retired French soccer star Eric Cantona.
Tarantino won the Palme d'Or in 1994 with his second film Pulp Fiction, while Loach took the prize in 2006 with historical Irish drama The Wind That Shook the Barley.
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