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Tim Roth: I hated playing Blatter in awful Fifa film

United Passions was recently confirmed as the lowest grossing film in US history.

TIM ROTH SAYS he “hated” playing Sepp Blatter in Fifa’s $29million United Passions film.

Roth took on the lead role in the movie, which charts Fifa’s formation and history, despite repeatedly airing concerns over his desire to “slide in” some of the alleged corruption that has come to define the governing body.

United Passions was recently confirmed as the lowest grossing film in US history, taking just $918 in cinemas before being pulled by its distributor, and Roth has now admitted that he only took the role because of the money on offer.

“The film is awful (can’t say that because I haven’t seen it), I hated doing it, it was the wrong film for the right reasons,” he said in a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ session.

I had two kids in college so I had to make a decision and it was probably poorly judged, but once you make that decision you have to follow through. It’s a hard road, being in something you don’t want to do, but I’m glad I did it for my family.

“As for Fifa, I thought the movie would be much more about the corruption of this guy at first.”

It was confirmed on Monday that Blatter, along with Uefa president Michel Platini, had been handed eight-year bans from football, and Roth has expressed his pleasure at the 79-year-old facing his punishment.

“It looks the most promising now though,” he added. “It looks like he is on a back foot because he looks more exposed than he has ever been in the past.”

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