Being Brian Clough: Interview With Michael Sheen

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“Brian Clough was one of British football’s most controversial characters. Brash, outspoken, and fiercely ambitious, the former Forest, Derby, and Leeds manager is one of the game’s great cult figures. Loved by fans but loathed by the football authorities, Clough was one of the biggest stars in seventies and eighties Britain. One of the first people to realize the link between football and celebrity, the opinionated North-easterner quickly became the television face of football, never missing an opportunity to pontificate, or even better, to needle his enemies.” (First Touch)

Actor Michael Sheen Talks English Football and “The Damned United”
“Michael Sheen is building a film career out of playing characters from British popular culture. First it was Tony Blair in ‘The Queen.’ Then came David Frost in ‘Frost/Nixon.’ Now in ‘The Damned United,’ which opens tomorrow in new York and Los Angeles, he’s taken on the role of one of the most charismatic characters in English soccer history: Brian Clough, the legendary coach at Derby County, Nottingham Forest, and briefly, Leeds United, where his tumultuous tenure forms the premise for the film.” (WSJ)

In ‘The Damned United,’ A Cocky Coach Is Doomed
“The bloody, bruising, take-no-prisoners world of English soccer in the 1960s and early 1970s is the backdrop for the new feature film The Damned United. But viewers don’t need to know a thing about soccer — or like it — to appreciate the remarkable man at the center of the movie: Brian Clough. Clough was the manager of a terrible team from Derby County in the basement of England’s professional soccer league. But Clough did two miraculous things.” (NPR)

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