Celtic hero Murdo MacLeod to play cop in Hollywood feature alongside Gianni Capaldi

By Euan Davidson

June 22, 2021

Imagine that you’re sitting down to watch one of the latest Hollywood blockbusters, and you saw Murdo MacLeod on the screen?

Or: imagine you got lifted, and it was wee Murdo taking your name and address?

That’ll be someone’s reality – we think – in the new film It’s Not Over, starring Hoops-daft actor Gianni Capaldi and Murdo MacLeod, playing a policeman.

MacLeod is far better known as an ex-Celtic player, who made 389 appearances for the Bhoys [Celtic Wiki]. He came back to the club in 1997, as Wim Jansen’s assistant. He and the famous Dutchman stopped Rangers’ 10IAR bid. Utilising the talents of Henrik Larsson, Jackie McNamara, Paul Lambert and more, Celtic won the 97-98 title.

It’s actually MacLeod’s second film role, and also his second as a policeman. Whether he’s into the uniform or it’s his dramatic calling card, we’re yet to determine.

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MacLeod told the Daily Record:

“I’m delighted to be in the film and I must look like a policeman cause I keep getting asked to be one.

“It’s a wee dabble a wee bit of fun. At football you knew what time you were turning up at. If you were playing at three pm you’d turn up to play for three pm, but with movie work you turn up and it goes on all day.”

It’s Not Over also stars Gianni Capaldi, Christopher Lambert and Weronika Rosati of Supernatural and True Detective.

Murdo MacLeod: the next Hollywood star?

A number of footballers have caught the acting bug over time. Eric Cantona, Vinnie Jones and to a lesser extent Ally McCoist have all starred on the silver screen. Then, of course, there’s Pele and Bobby Moore in Escape to Victory. And football fans of a newer vintage might recall the stars of Newcastle United and Real Madrid in the Goal franchise.

To an even lesser extent, Michael Owen has turned his hand to “acting”. Wee say “acting” in the loosest possible sense. Just try to sit through all of this video advertising Dubai.

Murdo MacLeod: the next great Hollywood hunk? / (Photo by Allsport UK/ALLSPORT)

By every metric, MacLeod is better than Michael Owen, Ballon D’Or or no Ballon D’Or. So don’t be surprised if you see the ex-Dumbarton man, who starred in a song with Midge Ure in 1978, picking up an Academy Award before too long.

Perhaps you’ll read a full review of MacLeod’s silver screen performance on 67 Hail Hail. Anything’s possible.

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