Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Behind the 'Les Miserables' soccer parody
By Chris Gigley ESPN The Magazine
Even those of you who couldn't care less about soccer should be amused by the video above, an inspired remake of a "Les Miserables" tune that chronicles the minute-by-minute drama of the English Premier League's transfer-deadline day -- which, as it happens, is tomorrow.
For those of you who do follow English football, it will certainly be the most entertaining four minutes of your day.
The video, not surprisingly, has already gone viral after being uploaded this morning.
ESPN Playbook reached out to the video's creator, James McNicholas of Gunnerblog.com, to get some details.
Where did the idea come from?
I went to see a friend perform in the West End version of "Les Miserables" around the time the film came out. The music from the show was in my head, as was the constant din of speculation surrounding the transfer window. I liked the idea of applying the epic drama of the song "One Day More" from "Les Miserables" to the grubby world of the soccer transfer market.
Plenty of EPL stars. Marouane Fellaini, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp all feature. There's something for fans of all clubs to enjoy.
You single out Fellaini a lot. Are you a closet Everton fan or just really want him for the Gunners?
I would love us to sign Fellaini, but I just don't see it happening. He'll cost far too much for Arsenal.
Tell me about the response you've gotten so far. Any memorable viewer comments?
A few people have said the singing is better than Russell Crowe's in the movie. Having seen the movie that's not the biggest compliment. Some people have been less than kind about my vocal acrobatics, which is entirely fair! I'm no singer.
Who do you think has fared the best in the January transfer window thus far?
Newcastle. They've bought some quality players for bargain prices.
Scale of 1 to 10, how did Arsenal do?
Maybe 2? We managed to hold on to Theo Walcott but we haven't made a signing of any significance. It's a worry because the battle for Champions League qualification is tougher than ever.
Is another video idea already percolating?
There is the germination of one. I don't want to bombard people, but when it's appropriate I will certainly do more.