Whatever happens on the pitch, Sylvester Stallone will be the biggest star on show at Goodison Park tonight as the man famous for playing Rocky delivers a half-time message to Everton supporters to help promote a new film.
The struggling Blues could do with a little more punch on the pitch as they take on West Bromwich Albion in a match they really need to win, but the words of wisdom from the man who once shouted the stirring words ‘Yo Adrian, we did it!’ will surely raise morale.
Stallone won’t be at Goodison in person like he was for the 1-1 draw with Reading eight years ago, but he’ll surely be glued to his screen Stateside and willing on Roberto Martinez’s men to deliver the three points.
The actor is far from the only Hollywood star to have a liking for football, though, and here are five more beautiful people who love the beautiful game.
Tom Hanks – Aston Villa
The Villans can’t buy a goal at the moment, and so they could do with a hand from the man who was named the highest-grossing film actor of all-time in 2013.
The star of Forrest Gump, Apolllo 13, Cast Away and a whole lot of others, Tom Hanks has been talking about his love for Aston Villa as far back as 2001, when he said he started to follow them simply because he liked the name.
He attended a friendly against the Portland Timbers in 2012 and was pictured chatting to Villa boss Paul Lambert, although there are currently no plans for him to reprise a role in ‘Saving Private Benteke’, the story of Villa’s attempts to provide service for their Belgian forward.
Samuel L Jackson – Liverpool
It was whilst filming The 51st State in Liverpool that Pulp Fiction star and all-around coolest man alive Samuel L Jackson became a Reds supporter, and he even watched them in a derby clash against Everton.
Jackson is never slow to profess his love for Liverpool via his Twitter account, and although his favourites have been far from Unbreakable this season, they have at least started to give him something to shout about recently.
Charlize Theron – Chelsea
Posing with a Chelsea shirt at a friendly against Inter Milan in 2009, Charlize Theron outed herself as a Blues fan and reportedly keeps a keen eye on their progress in the Premier League.
The Oscar winner follows the progress of Oscar and his teammates so closely that she was at pains to point out that a visit to watch Arsenal take on Manchester United in 2011 was simply to keep tabs on the Blues’ rivals, and a remake of Monster could be on the cards if a film was to be made about Diego Costa’s start to life in England.
Mike Tyson – Peterborough United
Yes, you did read that right.
Former heavyweight champion of the world and cameo star of The Hangover, Iron Mike Tyson is in fact a Peterborough United fan.
Well, he popped up at London Road in a Posh shirt before a friendly against West Ham (the Irons, surely a better team for Mike to support?) in 2010 and quite honestly stated that he’d never heard of the club until then, but no-one was going to argue with him.
Jackie Chan – Manchester City
A regular in the Kippax at Maine Road in his youth, Rush Hour star Jac… Oh, alright then.
It’s obvious that Jackie Chan isn’t really a Manchester City supporter, but he looked happy enough to be meeting the City squad on their visit to China in 2012, when Chan got to shake hands with the likes of Adam Johnson and Kolo Toure whilst David Platt lurked in the distance.
All those martial arts classes were worth it.
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Cameron Diaz –
Brentford supporters used to trot out that one of their club’s claims to fame was that Cameron Diaz was a fan of the Bees due to her friendship with a Brentford-supporting restaurant owner in LA, but in a radio interview last year the four-times Golden Globe nominee blew those claims out of the water.
“It’s not that I’m not a fan of the Bees. I just really didn’t know they existed,” was her cutting response to being asked if she was a supporter of the Championship high-flyers from Griffin Park.
That might all change if Mark Warburton can get them into the playoffs though.
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