The Mercurial Argentina legend Diego Maradona is famous for his outbursts and this time he has urged fans to not watch the biopic made about him. The movie was put forward at the Cannes Film Festival and described the short-heighted World Cup-winning footballer as a ‘hustler’.
The advertisement for the two-hour long documentary read: “Diego Maradona – Rebel. Hero. Hustler. God." However, it didn’t please the footballing icon who told everyone explicitly to “don’t go see it”.
While answering questions during an interview with Univision, the 58-year-old said: “I played football and I made money running after a ball. I didn't hustle anyone.” He fumed at the makers, saying they weren’t using the right strategy to market it. "If they are putting that there to get people to go and see it then I think they are going about it the wrong way,” he said. He continued by once again questioning the choice of words in the title. "I don't like the title, and if I don't like the title I am not going to like the film. Don't go see it."
The director of the movie Oscar-winning Asif Kapadia, meanwhile, was curious to know how Maradona would react to the movie, where he put together moments from the Argentinians life that he claims may even surprise the Argentine legend.
"We are dealing with archive from way back. There will be lots of images that he hasn't seen of himself, of his family, of his kids,” Kapadia had said before the release. He had predicted an emotional reaction from Maradona rather than a fuming outburst. "So, I think it's going to be quite emotional for him,” he had claimed.
Diego Maradona may seem like one of the topics that Kapadia should have touched to turn them into gold like his previous works Senna and Amy, but the movie lacks the Midas touch due a lot of factors.
First and foremost the subject of the movie is still alive which shows why there was a “cautious and compromised” approach towards the final product. Secondly, the found-footage documentary doesn’t drop any bombshells and fails at making any startling revelations in showing the time Maradona spent at the Italian underdog team Napoli, his infamous ‘hand of god’ goal against England during the 1986 World Cup quarters (which eventually led to Argentina lifting the silverware), and the football icon’s strained relationship with his son illegitimate son, Diego Jr. All in all, Maradona may just find more than one reasons to hate the film, if he actually goes to watch it.