Magazine article Screen International

Pelé Scores on Croisette

Magazine article Screen International

Pelé Scores on Croisette

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There were more than a few star-struck smiles when Pelé took to the Croisette on Wednesday [15] to talk to Exclusive Media buyers about the upcoming self-titled biopic.

The Brazilian legend sat down with producer Brian Grazer and Screen International and gave a very decisive answer when asked why now was the right time to tell his rags-to-riches story.

"I have done a lot of films with children and worked with the Special Olympics and UNICEF and God said, 'OK, this is the moment,'" said Pelé. His manager and agent Paul Kemsley, an executive producer on the film with Pelé and Exclusive Media co-chairman Guy East, also played a part. "He told me that when I did Escape To Victory with Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine it was a football film and it was time to leave a message for the future generation and talk about my youth and my career."

Grazer, something of a legend himself in Hollywood with a best picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, said: "I have an interest in football but my knowledge is very narrow. …

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