Amanda Bynes can play soccer, now. She had to learn the sort when she made her movie “She’s the Man”, an awesome teen rom-com about a girl who pretends to be her brother so she can play soccer on the college soccer team.
Keira Knightley also had some mad soccer skills, after having to play a soccer player in the awesome indie hit, “Bend it like Beckham”
Serious coaching and time went into training for these movies. These ladies had to be taught from almost no athletic background to be believable on screen athletes. That doesn’t happen overnight. Months of intense training camps, like those an everyday athlete goes through, on top of learning lines, rehearsals, remembering marks, etc. I can only imagine the amount of strain and pressure that goes onto an actor when you not only have to learn a role, but also a brand-new hobby going along with it.
I talk about the women in these roles because for me, as a woman, it is uplifting and inspiring to know that you can be a normal, every day lady and be turned into something different. Obviously, I’m not going to turn into a star soccer player, and nor do I want to, but the fact that for movie roles this is capability.
I’ve been dragged to soccer games for many years. Being the sister of an athletic trainer (Go Loggers!) I often would go when either the team was in town, or I was visiting so I could see my sister work, or hopefully not work. For those of you who don’t know, athletic trainers are the heroes on the sidelines. Someone gets hurt, the AT runs out to help. The tape ankles, get ice bags, give you water, they basically are your life line. I haven’t seen my sister “work” many times in the way of having to help someone who gets hurt. I will say that, it is nice to have my personal AT at all times.
Soccer will always be that sport that gets people amped, and one that hopefully keeps portraying super awesome kick ass women.