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This Issue:
1. RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT: Manchester United Int'l Mailing List Pics
2. The 2nd Coming Of Le Dieu (Mirror)
3. Robbo Wants Sheri (Mirror)
4. Foe To Join United? (Carling)
5. Pally Moves (D.Mail)
6. Some info about LKS Lodz
7. Cantona interview (Guardian)


Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 07:28:45 +0200 From: Barry Leeming Subject: RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT: Manchester United Int'l Mailing List Pics Bill McArthur from the Simplenet webteam has done a marvellous job re-releasing the Manchester United Int'l Mailing List Pics Over 144 member pics! Over 77 European member pics Over 32 US & Canadian member pics Over 35 rest of the World member pics To become a member of this site send a pic & description to barry@www.red11.org. NEW URL! BOOKMARK THIS NOW! http://www.red11.org/mufc/listpics Previous members please check your details, you can now send us even more info if your stats are blank, entirely up to you. Welcome to the Manchester United International Mailing List Member Pics page! This page features the pictures of Manchester United supporters from across the globe, who have taken the time to send in a photo of themselves, or even better, had their picture taken in Manchester at the Throstle's Nest - the pub of choice for list members attending OT on a regular basis. Who's New: Each time a new member is added his/her pic will appear here for a month, then will be added to the growing number of members from their respective geographical location. Who's New http://www.red11.org/mufc/listpicsnew/ The following pics were taken by Pete Hargreaves (our official photographer) at the Throstle's Nest. Unfortunately, we don't have names and descriptions for them, so if you see yourself here, please send us the following information: 1. Name 2. a personal RED description 3. Occupation 4. Place of birth 5. Current residence 6. email address 7. home page address Of course, all of these are optional. We will only put up the info you provide. Remember to include the pic# so we know who you are! Thanks, The www.red11.org Web Team Mail: barry@www.red11.org Index: http://www.red11.org/mufc/listpics Europe: http://www.red11.org/mufc/listpics/listpice.htm Usa Canada: http://www.red11.org/mufc/listpics/listpicu.htm The World: http://www.red11.org/mufc/listpics/listpicw.htm ------------------------------

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 13:10:05 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: The 2nd Coming Of Le Dieu (Mirror) CANTONA RETURNS FOR £1M UNITED FAREWELL ERIC Cantona will hand Manchester United a £1million farewell gift in an emotional official send-off next month. The Old Trafford legend sensationally quit in silence 14 months ago to begin his new acting career. But now he's set to return and take a final bow in a testimonial for the Munich air crash survivors and their dependents. Most have fallen on hard times 40 years after the tragedy that destroyed the great Busby Babes. But Cantona-crazy fans have ensured a 55,000 sell-out, which means gate receipts will swell the Munich trust fund by £1m. Organisers also hope that TV rights will add another £500,000. And that will delight Cantona, who is anxious to support the legends who paved the way for his glorious reign at the club. He will bring his European eleven to his old theatre of dreams on August 18. Cantona plans to play the first half against his old pals and then for United in the second. And that's bound to lead to a tug-of-war between old king and new over who wears the famous No 7 shirt. David Beckham is the current owner of the prized shirt but no-one would be surprised if Cantona bows out in it, his collar turned up for one final time. PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, who is helping to organise the event, said: "I think it's an indication of the special place that United and their fans have in his heart that he's coming back for this one. "Perhaps it's significant that he has chosen the opportunity to help other former great players and their families as his Old Trafford farewell."

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 13:08:34 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Robbo Wants Sheri (Mirror) ROBBO IN THE HUNT TO LAND SHERI By Alan Nixon BRYAN Robson wants to sign Teddy Sheringham in his second raid on his old club Manchester United. The Middlesbrough boss is in talks with United for England World Cup star Sheringham, whose Old Trafford future is in doubt. Robson hopes to be successful again after persuading Alex Ferguson to part with centre half Gary Pallister - and the move for striker Sheringham is down to financial matters. United want their money back on Sheringham - the £3.5million they paid Tottenham for him a year ago. Robson is offering less at the moment but is trying to find a compromise figure. Sheringham may not be keen to move to the north-east, but the alternative seems to be sitting on the fringes of the United first team. Ferguson left him out of his side at the end of last season and is planning to bring in a new face to his attack before the campaign kicks off. The nightclub incident that put Sheringham on the front pages before the World Cup with after-hours drinking has not helped his cause, but is not the main reason for any sale. United are interested in recouping cash on Sheri before they re-invest, with Argentinian Ariel Ortega their main target. Robson is an admirer of Sheringham, 32, and is not worried about his age. He already has veterans Paul Gascoigne and Paul Merson. Boro are still looking for a top-class forward and Robson has the financial muscle to see off any rivals for his signature. Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Townsend is Boro's new skipper. Robson said: "Townsend has great experience. He was skipper with Norwich, Southampton and Aston Villa, apart from the Republic. "Townsend will be a worthy successor to Nigel Pearson, who was a great leader before he retired last season.''

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 19:22:27 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Foe To Join United? (Carling) Comments: To: Red Devil List , Darul Kisai , Darul To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Man United 8 Jul 1998 FOE MOVE IS ON Broken leg victim Marc-Vivien Foe's £4M move to Manchester United is still on. The 22-year-old Cameroon international, whose injury cost him a place in the World Cup, will join Alex Ferguson's training squad later this month. The Lens star had the plaster removed from his leg a fortnight ago and Ferguson said: ``There is no point in giving Foe a medical. We need to know how he looks on the pitch.''

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 21:52:14 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Pally Moves (D.Mail) Gary gets pally with Robbo again Wednesday, July 8, 1998 Gary Pallister has completed his £2.5million move back to Middlesbrough from Manchester United. The 33-year-old former England centre-half has agreed a three-year contract with Boro nine years after he left Teesside in a then British record £2.3million switch to Old Trafford. Boro boss Bryan Robson has been a huge admirer of Pallister since they played together for United and England, and he was delighted to have finally got his man. Robson claimed Pallister would strengthen his defence following the departure of Derek Whyte for Aberdeen last season and the retirement of Nigel Pearson. 'Pally has great experience and has been a winner at Manchester United and I hope that he will bring some of that to Middlesbrough,' he said. 'With Derek Whyte leaving the club last season and Nigel Pearson retiring, we needed someone to provide competition for the centre-back places with Gianluca Festa and Steve Vickers. 'I'm sure Pally will prove to be a great signing.'

X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.05 [en] (Win95; I) Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 18:53:41 +0200 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Grzegorz Tajchman Subject: Some info about LKS Lodz To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Hello there! LKS Lodz will most probably be the oponent of Manchester United in the Champions League preliminary round, so here comes some info about the Polish side... Although LKS is one of the best teams United could draw at this stage (IMHO only Club Bruges and Dynamo Kiev are better), the Red Devils should have no problems with getting to the Champions League. LKS Lodz was founded in 1908 and in the 90th year of prosperity they won the championship of Polish League for the second time (first one in 1958). Before the 1997/98 season they were considered to be "the third power" in the Polish League, as the first two places were reserved to Legia Warsaw and Widzew Lodz. But due to the crisis in these teams during spring '98, LKS gained the trophy (while Legia Warsaw and Widzew Lodz won't start in the European Cups). It's hard to say something about the standard of Polish League in comparison to other european leagues. I think that most relevant will be the results in European Cups in the last years. Well, in the Champions League 95/96 Legia Warsaw reached the quarter-final (after receiving 4 pts from Blackburn Rovers). In season 96/97 Widzew Lodz played in the CL, but they didn't manage to get from the group stage (but showed some good football against Dortmund and Atl. Madrid). In the previous season Widzew Lodz faced AC Parma in the CL preliminary round, but had no chances in that confrontation. In the UEFA or Cup Winners Cup Polish teams have recently failed to promote more than to 2nd round. I hope things are going to change soon, as really strong team is being formed (Wisla Krakow - UEFA Cup). In my opinion the squad of LKS Lodz right now is weaker than other Polish teams' starting in the European competitions before. One of LKS' best players in last season - left defender Tomasz Klos - has recently been sold to AJ Auxerre. Best striker - 19 years old Saganowski - had a motorcycle accident and won't be playing for a long time. Of course the squad is going to be strengthened. I heard the rumours about the interest in FC Porto striker Mielcarski and former Betis Sevilla player Kowalczyk. The president of the LKS owns a football school with plenty of brasilian youngsters, some of whom could also be arranged. If any transfer is completed I will inform you. The best formation of LKS is (was ?) defence. LKS has lost the fewest (23) goals in Polish League last season. It's also due to the good goalkeeper (Wyparlo). Attack played very good too, where Trzeciak (9 goals) and Saganowski (11 goals) where the terror of Polish defenders. As mentioned, Saganowski is currently injured and won't play against United, Trzeciak is said to be leaving the club. Very interesting player in the team is brazilian attacking midifielder Rodrigo Carbone. Good technic, quite fast and effective (9 goals) - that's enough to be a star in Polish League. He will probably be transferred soon, as most standing out players in Poland. That's all for now. I think that the LKS Lodz will be strengthened before games with Manchester United. I will keep you up-to-date with it. And one more thing: LKS is much more weaker than United, but they won't give up without fight. Consider yourself warned ;). I'm waiting for any comments or questions about LKS Lodz and Polish football. Greg -- ---------------------- Grzegorz Tajchman gregus@polbox.com Rzeszow, Poland ----------------------

X-Sender: red-devils@pop.pipeline.com X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 18:53:25 -0700 To: manutd@pipeline.com Subject: Cantona interview (Guardian) Ou est Cantona? As a footballer Eric Cantona attracted adoration and controversy in equal measure. Then, at the height of his fame, he quit and announced he wanted to be a movie star. Jean-Pierre Lavoignat talked to him in Mexico City on the set of his first major film. Suddenly there is something electric in the air. He is here. Wearing a red suit, a multi-coloured shirt and white shoes, Eric Cantona walks out in front of the projector. It is just 10 days before the shooting of Mookie, his new movie, finishes yet you feel his presence here in front of the cameras is still experienced as an event. When the adored Manchester United striker quit football last year and announced he wanted to be a movie star it was the opportunity director Hervé Palud had been waiting for. A year earlier he had seen Le bonheur est dans le pré (Happiness Is In The Meadow), the 1996 comedy in which Cantona had a small part as a rugby-playing Romeo, and wanted him to play the hero in a comedy-adventure he was writing. Cantona's decision to retire left the way open and Palud met him straight away to explain his project. In June 1997 Cantona signed the contract. He plays a boxer transformed by chance into a guardian angel, making a nun and a talking monkey cross his path: a talking monkey that is coveted by all the scientists in the world. Mookie (named after the little monkey) is released in December. But what compels a football star to want to devote himself to the cinema? I went to Mexico to ask him . . . "Ten days from the end of shooting Mookie, how do you feel?" "Fine, and rather relieved. Because what we've been able to see of what's been shot so far looks good. We're quite proud of what we've done." "What's been hardest right through the filming?" "Nothing. Nothing's been hard. Everything's been quite straightforward and has gone smoothly." "Were you nervous the first day?" "Not nervous, no. But you don't really know where you're going. After all, it's a new thing for me. Something of the unknown. But I'm surrounded by good people: there's Hervé, there's Jacques [Villeret] who's made lots of films, acted in lots of plays. That's reassuring." "Was it there while you were shooting Mookie that you realised, 'That's it, my life really has changed, I've moved on to another stage' "? "No, I realised that the day decided to stop playing football. Today I just think, 'That's it, I'm here! It's up to me to do what have to do.' " "In fact the first role you played, a short one, after deciding to give up football, was in an English costume film, Elizabeth by Shekhar Kapur. What made you decide to do it?" "I liked the screenplay. It was an international film, at least European. The cast was extraordinary: Fanny Ardant (even if I never had a scene with her, unfortunately), Vincent Cassel, Richard Attenborough, Geoffrey Rush. And then they asked me to play the French ambassador. Coming from the streets as do, it was a great challenge. A role I had to make up [he laughs]." "What are your memories of it?" "Good, especially of Richard Attenborough. He's a great man, with real quality and immense talent. We talked football a lot. He's always been a keen Chelsea supporter." "I imagine you got a lot of offers as soon as you announced you wanted to work in films. What made you choose Mookie?" "The first thing is that Un Indien dans la ville [An Indian In The Cupboard, Palud's 1995 film] is my 9-year-old son's favourite film. He must have seen it 50 times and he knows all the dialogue by heart. So to start with it was to please him. Especially as he would have preferred me to carry on playing football! So starting with a film by Hervé Palud was some compensation - some of my son's esteem for him rubbed off on me. [He laughs.] Then the screenplay finally convinced me, even if it wasn't finished when I accepted." "How would you define the character you play in the film?" "Someone with a mission, who goes right through with things - he's a pure, sensitive fellow." "That could be a good definition of you." "Ye-es, though perhaps not always. Anyway I think there's a nice contrast between Jacques's character and mine, and that works well." "Do you remember the moment when you asked yourself: 'Why not make films?' " "I think I always wondered that. Always. As soon as I started playing football there were always times where I invented stories, made my own films." "Meaning?" "I made up stories, I dreamt about different lives, I put myself into the skin of different characters. In fact I've always wanted to work in films. I don't know if I'll do it for the rest of my life, but I'm pleased to be doing it today. If I'd started out with films, I'd never have been able to be a footballer! [He laughs.]" "Do you remember the first film you ever saw?" "I don't know if it was the first film saw but the first one I remember is The Towering Inferno. I went with my family. It was a good show." "In your autobiography you describe how you had Bruce Lee posters in your bedroom." "In the district of Marseilles where we lived when I was little, there was one cinema and they only showed that kind of film, Bruce Lee films and so on, and I went to see them all. I loved it! I'd put the Bruce Lee poster across the window in my bedroom to cover up a broken window pane which I'd smashed playing with my football." "You've often said that Isabelle Adjani is one of your favourite actresses. What do you like about her?" "I don't know. It's hard to say why you like someone. I like all her films, I think she's beautiful. I don't know her, I've never met her, but something emanates from her that appeals to me. [Silence.]" "How would you define it?" [Thinking.] "She's someone who seems to me incredibly genuine. Yes, that's it, incredibly genuine." "When people ask you about your favourite actors, the names of Brando, Mickey Rourke, De Niro, Depardieu often crop up." What appeals to you in general about those actors?" "What appeals to me? [Thinks.] What emanates from them. They all have something special they make felt. They're men who have a powerful energy. An energy and a personality you feel in their movements, their speech, their eyes. When you see a film with them in it, you're always sure that at some point something will happen, thanks to them. There's something animal about them, something instinctive. Even if you sense there's a lot of work behind it, they have great freedom. They have that something, which makes them stand out. Either you've got it or you haven't!" "Have you met any of those actors?" "Only Mickey Rourke." "Was he like you'd imagined him?" [Silence]. "I don't know if he was like I'd imagined him. But what a character!" "Obviously he's not having the career people thought he would 10 years ago. Are you not afraid of the kind of fate - like Maradona's in football - where the temptation towards the heights seems to get the upper hand over actual achievement?" "No. They're men who live the way they are. They've gone through things, they've come back from difficult times, they'll come back again. Maradona will be back too, though perhaps not as a player. They are living beings, the lives they lead measure up to their personalities, their talents. [Silence.] I don't know if I'm that type of person, but in any case it's not something I'm afraid of, no. The important thing is to be what you are yourself, without worrying about what people can say or do to you, just be yourself. Live the way you want to live. It's not always easy. But if people think less of you some day, well at least you'll have done what you wanted to do." "What do you expect from films?" "What I expect from films? [Visibly surprised, he is silent for a long time.] What interests me is acting. Acting in well-made films that appeal to people, that people go and see. The most important thing for me is acting." "What do you like about acting? Being someone else? Or the opposite, going deeper into what you are?" "What I like about acting is the very fact of acting, playing a part. You use the word playing both in football and films. In life you play the whole time. Moreover, that's why I've never taken all that very seriously. In fact, like a game. At the same time, as I'm quite reserved in my own life, film-making is a means of expression that suits me well, which brings me out of my reserve more easily, letting me do what can't manage to do in every day life." "Such as?" "Communicating with other people. If I'm alone with myself, or with something that inspires me, feel can go a long way - which isn't the case when I'm no longer completely on my own. So films enable me to do it with other people. They enable me not to be completely alone in that state." "Bette Davis used to say that a lot of actors had become actors because they couldn't stand themselves." "It's not that with me. I can put up with myself fairly well, but sometimes I'd like to get on better in a social group, to be much more at ease with other people." "What do you think you lack that would make that possible?" "I don't know. But I do really try. What's more, if I didn't try . . ." "You wouldn't be here?" "Exactly! [He laughs.]" "There's something very contradictory about you, and perhaps it's that which makes you an actor: a mixture of great reserve and a desire to make an exhibition of yourself." "I'd like to be able to give whatever it is that's deep down inside me, but often through shyness, distrust or whatever else it might be, it doesn't know how to express itself." "You think films may help you to show it?" "I hope so" "Before shooting Mookie you spent two months training for the boxing scenes. What memories do you have of that?" "It's a hard sport. Physically and mentally. And technically. It's a sport that requires a lot of intelligence, observation. Boxing's got everything. If I was younger I'd have kept it up." "You played in a short film by Richard Aujard, Question d'honneur, with Jake La Motta. Had you seen Raging Bull which tells La Motta's story?" "Yes, he's a real monument. A great character. He's someone like a lot. That short film was something we'd been wanting to do for a long time." "On the set, what kind of actor are you? For example in Mookie did you rehearse a lot before the takes?" "Not too much. don't like that much. I prefer to work by instinct, on the truth of the situation. At the outset Hervé and I talked about the character, we got a picture of him. Now I've really understood what he wanted, it's up to me to find how to do it. Of course that doesn't prevent us from arguing about the situation or the spirit of a scene. really need a great deal of direction. need to give what I am, or what I have deep down in me, but I also need someone to help me do it. For my first film I'm glad I came across someone like Hervé." "Why?" "Because he directs me while still leaving me a lot of freedom of manoeuvre. And then acting with Jacques is very, very reassuring. He's a great actor. And a nice person." "And having to act with a monkey, does that create special problems?" "Not for me, no! But for the crew, what with him and me, they've got two beginners on their hands! [He Laughs.]" "Do you think all the commercials you did were a kind of training for your new profession as an actor?" "Yes, of course. They got me used to the camera, with all the crew around . . . like acting. But then was playing football. I didn't really have time to devote to it. turned up for the shoot for one day, and that was it. But liked it, like movie cameras . ." . "Is the camera a mirror for you? A partner?" "I don't really know . . . What I do know is that somewhere it excites me, it attracts me." "And did you know that the first day you faced one?" "Yes, I know how am when I'm with people and how I become in front of a camera. But today I know it has to be with a precise objective, otherwise it's a real danger." "Why a danger?" "When you're in front of a television camera, people talk to you, flatter you, charm you. So of course you can't help liking it. But meanwhile you risk getting lost in it. Later on you wonder if you were taken for a ride, if you didn't give too much of yourself, for nothing, just to please them! But what did it bring you? What way did it feed you? Of course you can always do it protecting yourself, but then you end up saying nothing, so what use is it appearing? That's why I don't want to do it any more now, even if never did it that much." "Aren't films the same thing?" "No, because it's not just about giving information. You give something of yourself through a character, with the aim of telling a story, conveying a feeling." "In any case one thing is sure, the camera likes you too. Are you aware of that?" "It may be cocky to say so, but yes,I am! I think it's something inborn. Sometimes I even think that if I was to learn, really learn, I'd be much less good, I think I move quite naturally." "But it's not just gestures, there's a capacity for emotion . . ." "I don't think gestures and movements are possible without emotion. You can't start moving naturally in a situation without experiencing the emotion. It's the movement that brings about the emotion, not the emotion that brings about the movement." "What do you think is your greatest asset as an actor?" "Perhaps taking things as they come. Naturally. Taking them for exactly what they are: a game!" "Your last two commercials, which refer ironically to the World Cup, were made by John Woo [director of Face Off]. How did you come to meet him?" "Er . . . We didn't meet! [He laughs.] He shot the commercial in Brazil and at the last minute I couldn't get there, it was his assistant who came to Barcelona to shoot the scenes with me." "When you were asked to play a small role in Le bonheur est dans le pré were you surprised?" "No, very few things really surprise me. Once you're known things like that happen all the time. Perhaps just because they saw I could do something, that could give what was expected of the character . . ." "In that film you play the role of rugby player . . ." ". . . and in Mookie I'm a boxer. But not a footballer!" "Why?" "Because it's a situation I've experienced with far too much pleasure to act it, to be able to reinvent that pleasure for films." "Finally, today at the age of 32 you are starting a new career from scratch, but at the same time you're not a complete innocent." "Yes, I'm coming with a lot behind me. I mean something in another context. It's an advantage. And a handicap too! It's as if I were in the situation of being a great actor's son. It helps get him through the early stages, but it's up to him to prove himself. Some succeed, others don't. So I'll succeed if I'm good, if I'm really good." "At one time you said you were going to go to acting classes. Did you do it?" "In fact I really will if ever I go on the stage. To learn technical things. How to make your voice carry, for example." "Weren't you going to do A Streetcar Named Desire on the stage?" "Yes, but we didn't get copyright permission. We're trying to get permission to do Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." "You're a star, but you're setting out on uncharted territory. Does that challenge excite you?" "Yes, of course it's exciting to have everything to prove. I'm trying to build up something else outside football. New ground is always stimulating . . . But don't worry. I'm not willing to do absolutely anything so that people see my mug on the screen." "You're not frightened about how film people will react to seeing you arriving in their midst?" "No, not at all. They may react like some people in football when they confront success and a refusal to bow down . . . but I'll remain a free man." "And will you be frightened of the critics?" "No. If I'd been frightened of the critics, I'd have been out of things long ago. Quite the opposite, the only influence they can have on me is to make me bounce back." "A stupid question: If you were going off to a desert island, what film would you take with you?" [He starts to think, and suddenly his face lights up with an impish smile.] "Ah! if it really was a desert island, 9 Weeks! [Laughs.]" "Have you seen Wim Wenders' The Goalkeeper's Fear Of The Penalty?" "No, but it's more the shooter's fear before the penalty. The goalie has everything to play for. Either he stops the goal and he's a champion, or he doesn't stop it and it was because he didn't have a chance . . . [He laughs.]" "More seriously, are there films that have stayed with you throughout your life? The Godfather, Once upon A Time In America, for example?" "Yes, I've seen all those films. But I'm almost a . . . what's the word? A neophyte. A fine word, isn't it? I'm not a chap who's seen 5,000 films, I don't remember the names of the directors or actors. Even the plots, I forget them very quickly! In fact, when I read a book, when I see a film, it always comes down to me." "What do you mean?" "It's always what inspires me that's important. I read a book, I watch a film, and my mind escapes. It inspires me, it feeds me. I receive energy from it that takes me out of the film or the story to experience my own adventure, with my own enthusiasm. That's something I've inherited from my father, I always felt that capacity in him; in a second he could vanish completely, be elsewhere, he was travelling. It's not always easy for the people around you to live with. But from a purely selfish point of view, what that can lead you to experience, or to create, is a good thing." "Do you have other film projects?" "Not at present. One-and-a-half films a year is enough for me. It's a good working pace." "One-and-a-half films?" "Eric Cantona: A leading role like in Mookie and a small role like in Elizabeth. If things carry on like that, it will be perfect. [He laughs.]" "Will you feel any apprehension when you show your son Mookie?" "Oh, he criticises me all the time anyway. [He laughs.] That's the way it is. It really proves he's at ease with me, that he can say anything to me. I've always aimed for that. I'm proud he's like that! I'll have no apprehension about showing him Mookie because know he'll love it. No question." "In film-making today don't you feel like a prince in exile?" "What do you mean?" "A bit like those kings who leave their country voluntarily because the position has become untenable, but who always miss it?" "Do you mean in connection with football?" "Yes." "No, because I had lost the passion to carry on. At the same time know I can go back when I want to. But as I've told you, right now I'm very happy in films." ****************************************************** Linda Harvey linda@eccles.u-net.com ******************************************************

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