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Kenny Dalglish's movie role a 'first and last'

Kenny Dalglish
Image caption Kenny Dalglish said his first movie role would probably be his last

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has said his role in a new film set around the 2005 Champions League Final is his "first and last" on the big screen.

Dalglish appears in Will, about a boy who runs away to Istanbul to watch the game in memory of his dead father.

Players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher also appear in the film, set around the game where Liverpool beat AC Milan on penalties.

Will, by Ellen Perry, is being shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

Asked if it was his first film role, Dalglish said: "First and last, might as well get them both in at one time.

"The cast and crew have been patient with me because it's not something I feel too confident with, having to learn lines and speak lines but the good thing is they allow you to have a bit of licence yourself and use words I am more accustomed to using than what is in the script."

'Gerrard's nerves'

US Director Ellen Perry also changed the script to help a "shy" Gerrard film his scene set just before the final.

She said: "I could tell he was really getting uptight and I said to him 'Come on man, think about where you're at, it's the biggest match of your career, this is nothing' and he leaned in and said 'But I've been kicking a ball since I was six"'.

The Los Angeles-based filmmaker said the "underdog story" was originally written without a specific club in mind but she fell "completely in love" with Liverpool.

She said: "You couldn't script that match... it's epic."

The film stars 12-year-old Perry Eggleton from Peacehaven, East Sussex, in the lead role along with Damian Lewis and Bob Hoskins.

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