Iíve had the pleasure to watch some fantastic sporting films over the years from boxing films like Raging Bull, Cinderella Man to American Football films like Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side. Iíve also had the misfortune to watch some terrible films about sport in the shape of Mixed Martial Arts flicks directed by Hector Echavarria. Unfortunately when it comes to rugby league films Iíve not watched any apart from a small dose of This Sporting Life.
Watching a trailer of This Sporting Life reminds me that rugby league needs a film thatís up there with any Hollywood blockbuster. The best Hollywood sporting films are loosely based on real life sports stars and I canít think of a better person to base the story on than Sean Long.
Personally Iíd just base the whole film on his off the field antics, glorify them to new levels that would give The Hangover comedy a run for its money. From hiding in a caravan, to a hotel bedset prank gone wrong, Sean Long has it all. Maybe all this could conveniently happen a week before his trip to Australia where he gets up to more antics before that match when he single handedly beat the Aussies in a masterful display.
November 4, 2006 when Great Britain beat Australia 23-12 in Sydney for the first time since 1988 should be the climax of the movie.
I think the Sean Long movie should be all about enjoying yourself because I did, despite all the frowned upon stuff that I did. A film that will demonstrate that sportsmen are just like ourselves but born with a God given ability to play the greatest game on earth.
Russell Crowe should play the lead role.