Escapism with Pelé and Stallone…

On May 11, 2013, The Copenhagen Post ran a piece by Bjarke Smith-Meyer called, Escapism with Pele and Stallone on the Set of a Cult Classic.   Here are some tidbits…

  • “That bicycle kick took forever,” he (Søren Lindsted) said, rolling his eyes. “We spent hours trying to get it to work. In the end we just had cut it into sequences and put it together in the editing room. Pelé ended up having to just throw the ball up in the air and do the bicycle kick that way. Anything else would have been impossible.”
  • Stallone, despite being a staunch Everton fan, had never kicked a football in his life prior to filming. Nor did he understand the dynamics of the game. According to an interview with Ipswich player John Walk, the American wanted his character to score the winning goal at the end of the film − despite him being the goalkeeper.
  • “I suppose he (Stallone) was the big star given his recent success with ‘Rocky’ at the time,” Lindsted said. “He’d show up on set with three to four bodyguards and kept his distance most of the time. He even had a separate table where he ate with his entourage during lunch. If we ever ventured too close, we’d be asked to quickly move on. But then he was the star. Everything revolved around him.”
  • “He (Stallone) would always be very focused and intense on set,” Lindsted said.