‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ has only been shooting for a couple of days, but one of the men upon which it is based has already queried its authenticity.
During his recent discussion with Vanity Fair, tennis legend John McEnroe revealed that neither Shia LaBeouf, who is playing him in the sporting drama opposite Sverrir Gudnason’s Bjorn Borg, or director Janus Metz Perderson have been in contact with him once during their preparations.
“I don’t know if they are planning on doing the whole movie without input or any type of arrangement from me or Bjorn,” McEnroe asked. “I haven’t seen anything, and they’ve already started the movie.”
“It doesn’t seem like they are all that interested in talking with me. I don’t know how you can do it without ever meeting me. Maybe you could talk to a few of my friends. I can barely remember what I was like 36 years ago when I was 21 years old. It could be entertaining. If it’s good, it’d be cool. Let’s hope.”
McEnroe’s biggest concern is how actors will be able to recreate some of his and Borg’s shots in an authentic manner, as he added, “They look like actors who can’t play. You see these guys, they go out there and they barely even know how to play tennis.”
McEnroe’s hope is that it will splice real life footage with off the court drama, however he isn’t holding his breath that it will be worthwhile as he noted, “I’ve never seen a good tennis movie – they all were terrible.”
The fact that LaBeouf was recently seen hitting the ball right-handed when McEnroe was famously a lefty suggests he has every right to be a little worried.