xXx: Return of Xander Cage is an action sequel. Neymar, the Brazilian footballer, gets some actual screen time with co-star Samuel L. Jackson. He even gets a face-smacking shot off with a napkin dispenser, demonstrating his soccer talents.
It was similar to David Beckham's entrance in King Arthur in terms of out-of-the-blue casting. This time, however, it seemed to fit in with the film's sardonic tone and didn't feel completely out of place.
Pelé is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time, and his name is unmistakable. In the 1970s, the Brazilian superstar acted in a couple of feature films, the most renowned of which being the aforementioned Escape to Victory, in which he co-starred with England's Bobby Moore and Sylvester Stallone.
He made a brief appearance in the satirical mockumentary comedy Mike Bassett: England Manager in 2001. Although his cameo was brief, he was able to deliver a memorable line in a sequence that featured England manager Bassett (played by English actor Ricky Tomlinson) dancing on a bar in only his underwear.
Some cameos might be off-putting to the audience, while others are simply bizarre. Zinedine Zidane, most known for his notorious headbutt during the 2006 World Cup final, made his acting debut during the Olympic Games in the French fantasy comedy Asterix.
The former Juventus and Real Madrid attacking midfielder had an excellent playing career and showed his lighthearted side when he featured in the film dressed as Cleopatra and wearing a wig. At the very least, he gets to show off his impressive soccer talents in the film.
While many former soccer players have profitable and successful post-playing careers, many continue to work in the industry in some capacity. Some people, like Vinnie Jones, a former Wimbledon midfielder and all-around tough man, are fortunate enough to be able to make the whole move to acting.
Jones made a surprise film debut in 1998, as Big Chris in Guy Ritchie's directorial feature debut Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Since then, he's been in a slew of films and television shows, frequently as the tough guy. This includes appearances in films such as Eurotrip and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Stan Collymore, a former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool striker, has been involved in a number of personal squabbles after retiring from sports and focusing on punditry.
Despite this, he was cast in a minor role in the 2005 erotica thriller sequel Basic Instinct 2 alongside Sharon Stone, who reprised her role as the evil serial murderer Catherine Tramell. It was Collymore's first on-screen appearance in his brief acting career. He was cast as Kevin Franks, a well-known English soccer player, which couldn't have been too difficult for the former player.Stan Collymore, a former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool striker, has been involved in a number of personal squabbles after retiring from sports and focusing on punditry.
Despite this, he was cast in a minor role in the 2005 erotica thriller sequel Basic Instinct 2 alongside Sharon Stone, who reprised her role as the evil serial murderer Catherine Tramell. It was Collymore's first on-screen appearance in his brief acting career. He was cast as Kevin Franks, a well-known English soccer player, which couldn't have been too difficult for the former player.
In a game of soccer, seeing a player fall to the ground as if he's been shot isn't exactly uncommon, but former Danish soccer player Allan Simonsen is the only player to do so on purpose on television.
The Marksman (AKA Skytten) was a 1977 Danish criminal thriller that followed a Borussia Mönchengladbach striker who was caught in the crosshairs of a sniper only to be shot dead on the pitch during a match. It was a spectacular dive that would have been at home in the English Premier League.
David Beckham, a former Manchester United and Real Madrid player, is no stranger to the silver screen. He has already made a number of appearances, ranging from brief cameos as himself to modest speaking roles. He appeared in the Goal! trilogy as himself and in archive footage, as well as as a projectionist in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Some of his appearances, however, are notably jarring, such as when he appeared in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The iconic soccer player is one of the most recognizable figures on the planet, yet spectators might become irritated when his appearance appears forced into the action.
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