Shandwick financial division consultant Nick Bancroft-Cooke had a
surprise flying back from a business trip last week.
Bancroft-Cooke was returning from Cape Town in BA’s club class when
reality slipped into the surreal. He was enjoying the new
Oscar-nominated film Elizabeth, which stars Cate Blanchett and sees
football star Eric Cantona make his screen appearance as a bearded
French ambassador. Midway through the film the PR executive had a bit of
a shock when he realised that the former Manchester United striker was
in the next seat.
’I was settling in to watch the movie,’ says Bancroft-Cooke, ’when the
air hostess tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to the screen where
the ambassador was and then to the person sitting next to me. My fellow
passenger turned out to be none other than the man himself.’
Apparently, Cantona was unbearded and not in Elizabethan period dress,
which could account for the fact that he had remained unrecognised up
till that point.
Bancroft-Cooke added that, unlike in interviews with Hello magazine and
advertisements for Eurostar, the footballer did not recite any
Perhaps it is only trains, not planes that make Monsieur Cantona feel as
’free as a bird’