The legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona dismissed the latest movie about his life because he was offended by a word ‘hustler’ in the title.
The World Cup-winning former skipper said he didn’t like the title at all and urged people not to watch the movie which releases next month.
British Director Asif Kapadia – with many award-winning documentaries including The Sheep Thief, Amy, and The Warrior under his belt – has directed the two-hour long documentary.
All Over A Name
The title of the film reads: ‘Diego Maradona: Rebel. Hero. Hustler. God.’– something which repulsed the controversial Argentinian striker from the movie.
“I played football, and I made money running after a ball. I didn’t hustle anyone. If they are putting that there to get people to go and see it then I think they are going about it the wrong way.
He also said:
“I don’t like the title, and if I don’t like the title, I am not going to like the film. Don’t go and see it.”
Kapadia Plays the Diplomat
But Kapadia was somewhat positive about Maradona’s comment on the movie.
He said Maradona had not seen the film and he was keen to see the Argentinian player’s reaction to viewing the finished article.
“We are dealing with archive from way back, there will be lots of images that he hasn’t seen of himself, of his family, of his kids,” Kapadia said in an interview, hoping that it was going to be quite emotional for him.
Maradona, who is now coaching a Mexican football club, did not attend the film’s premiere at Cannes on Sunday.
The film is set to be released for public on June 14.