Today’s throwback takes us to Will, a football movie that Damian Lewis made a few years ago. Will is not just a football movie; it is a Liverpool movie and most of you probably know by now that Damian is a BIG Liverpool fan! And, I’ve been inspired to do this throwback today thanks to a recent tweet by Damian about a new Liverpool campaign!
Yes, if Damian Lewis is loving this, we are loving this, too! And, that’s all very nice, but what’s this campaign about?
Here is the information from Liverpool Football Club (LFC) webpage:
“Liverpool fans have the chance to put one of their own players on the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA 16 in the UK and Ireland, in a special vote involving vice-captain Jordan Henderson which has been launched.
The Reds midfielder is in the running to join Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on the cover of the video game in the region – and supporters around the world can help him secure the honour.
Voting is now officially open until July 5.
Click here to visit the voting page, select Henderson as your choice for the cover and confirm to cast one vote for the No.14.
Fans across the globe can vote in this manner once a day until the deadline.
And to really show your support for the England international, follow up your vote by sharing the news on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.”
So… That’s exactly what Damian did… He voted for Henderson and shared the news on Twitter! Now, if you have a few minutes in your hands, you can just go to the voting page and #VoteHenderson! Voting is open until July 5, so hurry 🙂 It’s easy, yes, of course, I have already done it — proof attached! Go Henderson!
Now… On to the movie Will…
Will is about the lengths people are willing to go for the love of the game. It is a sweet coming-of-age children’s tale that features cameos from Liverpool legends Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and JamieCarragher. The movie is available on Amazon as a DVD and also for streaming.
11-year old Will Brennan’s (Perry Eggleton) life is turned upside down when his long-absent father Gareth (Damian Lewis) reappears with tickets to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul, Turkey. But then tragedy strikes. Searching for meaning in a world that seems to have abandoned him, Will takes to the road, battles fate and fortune in a desperate bid to honor his father’s memory and to prove himself that it’s never too late to dream.
The Champions League Final in the movie is the NOW HISTORIC 2005 UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool and AC Milan at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul — one of the greatest comebacks in the history of football! And, on May 25 2005, Damian was watching THAT MATCH, too, in a London pub, with friends. And by the end of the first half, Liverpool was down by three goals. So was Damian.
He says in an interview with the Independent: “I was watching the game in a pub in Soho and I left at half-time, just going ‘Oh bloody hell, this is a disaster’. I had a drink with a friend in a pub around the corner, and my friend said to me, ‘Are you daft? Get back into the pub and watch the second half.’ So ten minutes into the second half I returned in time to watch them stick three goals in 15 minutes.”
Damian Lewis was thrilled to be making Will with his Anfield heroes but also was a bit disappointed that he was not in any scenes with Dalglish, Gerrard and Carragher.
In an interview with the Daily Record, 2011, Damian says: “I am a big fan of Liverpool and I enjoyed the idea of being in a film that features the club so strongly. I also responded to the father/son story, which is a tearjerker…
I thought I was going to act with Steve Gerrard, who is one of my all-time heroes and Jamie Carragher, but I was in completely different parts of the movie and we did not come across each other.”
NOW…. In honor and memory of all Liverpool managers, players and fans, let us finish in style with the Liverpool anthem — You’ll Never Walk Alone!