Sharlto Copley promotes 'A-Team', World Cup soccer

Fri, Jun 11
3:07
PM ET

Sharlto Copley couldn't focus on the interview.

He was glued to the TV screen.

Born in South Africa, Copley -- who stars as H.M. Murdock in the new movie "The A-Team", which opens Friday -- was watching as his home country tied Mexico in the first match of World Cup, 1-1.

"You don't understand how big of a deal this is for me," said Copley, sporting a U.S. soccer jacket as he toured ESPN on Friday. "This is big for the continent of Africa. We have the pressure to put on a proper tournament."

Speaking of pressure, Copley, along with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, will have the pressure to live up to the hype of the 1980s TV show of the same name.

"When I was in school in South Africa, I was in an 'A-Team' gang, seriously," said Copley, who grew up in the suburbs of Johannesburg. "I had all the action figures and the show was huge. I even had a secret dossier for my trading cards."

Copley said he'd love to see this movie turn into a series.

"I think we've just scratched the surface of our chemistry," he said. "It'd be great to get back to get together and do this again."