SI: Your father,
Harry (below), played for Manchester United for four years during the 1950s.
How good was he?
McShane: He was a
classic Scottish left winger. Five-foot-seven, and he could run down the field
at 90 miles an hour. Later he was a [public address announcer] for Manchester
United at Old Trafford. He used to announce the team and play records.
SI: Are you going
through World Cup withdrawal?
McShane: Yes. The
wonderful thing about the World Cup is you get to be xenophobic for a month
[laughs]: F--- the Portuguese. I hate the f------ French. And I loathe the
Italians, but they do look better than anybody else, don't they? They have the
best kits. I think they're designed by Armani.
SI: Are you over
McShane: I'm just
surprised they lasted that long. They were terrible. [For England's loss to
Portugal] I had my agent, Duncan Heath, here from England. I made him
breakfast, and we both cursed the screen.
SI: What did you
think of the TV coverage?
actually called ESPN and ABC to complain. Brent Musburger should be sent back
from whence he came.
SI: Has there ever
been a great soccer film?
McShane: Well, I
did a soccer film called Yesterday's Hero. It was written by [ Hollywood Wives
author] Jackie Collins and based on the life of George Best. I used to drink
with him in a club Jackie and her husband owned in London in the 1970s. Georgie
was a sweetheart. It was not bad, but football films just don't work. To look
like a professional soccer player is pretty impossible unless you are one. But
our film was better than Victory. You had Sylvester Stallone playing a
goalkeeper and Michael Caine as the most overfed prisoner of war I've ever