Remember the movie United Passions that came out earlier this year, which starred Tim Roth as noted soccer rapscallion Sepp Blatter? (Speaking of, pretty bad day for the former FIFA president.) Not many people do! The FIFA "origins story" football drama was universally panned — turns out, viewers aren't too keen on propaganda these days — and it currently holds a rousing 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So, what would possibly entice a well-respected thespian such as Roth to star in this futbol flop? That sweet, sweet FIFA money, baby! And his family, definitely his family. As he candidly explained in a recent Reddit "AMA":
The film is awful (can’t say that because I haven’t seen it) I hated doing it, it was the wrong film but for the right reasons. I had two kids in college so I had to make a decision and it was probably poorly judged, but once you make that decision you have to follow through. It’s a hard road, being in something you don’t want to do, but I’m glad I did it for my family.
He also touched on the current state of FIFA and Blatter — yup, fußball is going through a pretty corrupt phase right now:
As for Fifa I thought the movie would be much more about the corruption of this guy at first. I don’t know if he is going to go down, he seems to have survived everything that has been thrown at him. There doesn’t seem to be any way you can get to them because of all those big corporations behind him. It looks the most promising though now though, it looks like he is a on a back foot now because he looks more exposed then he has ever been in the past.
In other words, Roth would really, really love it if you forgot about this and saw The Hateful Eight this weekend.