You Can Blame the Expensive American University System for Tim Roth Starring in That Awful FIFA Movie

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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:

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.

In other words, Roth would really, really love it if you forgot about this and saw The Hateful Eight this weekend.

Tim Roth: I Was in That FIFA Film for the Money