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David Beckham tackles acting. Will he be the new Eric Cantona – or Stan Collymore?

7 September 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As the footballer warms up for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie, we score the hits, misses and fouls of other athletes turned actors

Two questions spring to mind following the news that David Beckham has been given a cameo role in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie. Historians will know the answer to the first one. Would it be inaccurate for the knight he plays to strip down to his Y-fronts, disclosing enviable musculature and more than 30 tattoos?

The second question is even more pressing: Do sports stars have anything to offer acting other than short-term capitalisation on their former celebrity in clunking bit parts and fatuous comedy turns? Alan Shearer is a case in point. If you think the Newcastle United and England striker is the last word in wooden on Match of the Day, then you haven’t seen him in the 2000 football movie Purely Belter which, »

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