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'I asked him if he was mad, to be honest with you' - Vardy to film director

Hollywood screenwriter Adrian Butchart has plans to make a movie based on the Foxes’ striker’s remarkable rise.

 England striker Jamie Vardy.
England striker Jamie Vardy.
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LEICESTER STAR JAMIE Vardy admits he initially thought stories regarding a possible film being made about his inspirational rise to prominence were false.

The 29-year-old England international confirmed he has spoken to Hollywood screenwriter Adrian Butchart, who appears set to make a movie based on him.

Vardy has risen to stardom at Premier League leaders Leicester, a club he joined from the fifth-tier of English football in 2012.

The marksman has become a role model to footballers in the doldrums of English football, having set a new record for scoring in 11 consecutive top-flight matches this term.

But Vardy says he couldn’t quite comprehend talk of a film about him hitting the cinemas in the near future when he first heard about the possibility.

“I met him [Butchart] and I asked him if he was mad, to be honest with you,” Vardy said.

“It was in the papers and I didn’t know if it was true, but it turned out it was. That is up to them. If they want to do it [the film], there is nothing I can do.”

Vardy’s 19 league goals have helped Leicester top the table by five points ahead of second-placed Tottenham as Claudio Ranieri’s men close in on the unlikeliest of titles.

The ex-Fleetwood striker is currently away on England international duty with five Spurs players - Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker – but he says talk between them has been about PlayStation games rather than winning the league.

“We have been talking about Call of Duty,” he added.

“We have not all played on it together yet – but I got informed that one of the lads just camps in a corner and waits for someone to run past him so he can get him — so I’m looking forward to playing them.”

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