Gazza pledges to sober up in order to win role in new Vinnie Jones film
Legend hopes to star in remake of Escape to Victory
As he waits to find out today whether he’ll be detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure for drink driving offences, Paul Gascoigne has promised to turn his life around and quit drink and drugs.
What caused the ex-England international’s epiphany – a plea from his long-suffering family? An intervention by fans for their fallen idol?
Erm, no. Gazza wants to sober up so he can win a part in Vinnie Jones‘ upcoming remake of the 1981 classic Escape to Victory, arguably one of the greatest football films of all time (if not just because it featured Sylvester Stallone; IN GOAL.)
The original lacked the typical components of a successful film, like proper scripting and decent acting, but those were minor technicalities next to the spectacle of having the effortlessly classy trio of Bobby Moore, Pele and Ossie Ardiles working side-by-side with Hollywood big-hitters Stallone, Max von Sydow and Michael ‘Blow the bloody doors off etc.’ Caine.
Were there a modern update starring equally revered names, we’re sure even Vinnie Jones couldn’t cock it up.
Anyway, Gazza wants in on the ground floor, slurring to press:
I need to get well to take on the role. This is my last chance at getting my life sorted and having a career as an actor. It was a favourite film of mine.
And Vinnie Jones is happy for his pal to get involved:
I’d love to get him involved if he’s straightened himself out a bit.
Don’t hold your breath, Vinnie.