Jason Sudeikis hailed as 'legend' for supporting Rashford, Sancho … Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0100-The American actor, who plays an unlikely football coach in Ted Lasso on Apple TV+, said he felt "horrible" after seeing the racist abuse that England's Jadon …
Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis has offered his support to the England players who have been subjected to racist abuse in the wake of the Euro 2020 final.
Sudeikis said he felt “horrible” about the abuse received by the three young players, adding that he “let the shirt speak for itself”.
The 45-year-old also wore trainers emblazoned with the word “equality”.
Jeremy Swift, who plays the administrator Higgins at AFC Richmond in the popular comedy show, says his co-star's gesture did not surprise him.
He said: “Jason is just completely sound and always slightly ahead of you. He's very, very smart and very, very emotionally smart, intelligent. As well as being hugely funny and a brilliant actor – ah, he's really annoying!”
The public, government figures, the Duke of Cambridge and England manager Gareth Southgate have all widely condemned the abuse suffered by the players, who have released their own statements in the days since the final.
Ted Lasso, which premiered last August, has been widely praised by critics and fans, largely for its relentlessly upbeat tone.
It also stars British talent such as Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein.
Earlier in the week it scored 20 Emmy nominations – including for best comedy show and actor nods for Sudeikis and Swift.
Swift, who has previously appeared in Vanity Fair and Blind Men, said he was reduced to tears when he saw he'd been nominated.
He said: “I did not expect that at all, sincerely did not expect it.
“So I was a little bit weepy, then I was baffled because I couldn't find anything about it so then I was like 'oh' and slightly regretful that I'd been emotional. And then I was just a bit tired. All in about 15 seconds.”
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He says it was Ted Lasso's positivity that is behind its popularity, describing it as “refreshing”.
“There have been a lot of cynical, very funny shows, which still have credibility,” he said. “But I think this is a very positive show and of course people have taken to that during the pandemic as quite a tonic and a balm or a bandage in a way, psychologically.”
Ted Lasso returns to Apple TV+ on 23 July, with a new episode every Friday.
Ted Lasso: Jason Sudeikis offers his support to Marcus Rashford … Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0100-The Emmy-nominated actor wore a black shirt emblazoned with the names of the footballers to the season two premiere of his football-themed series Ted Lasso on …
The three players missed their penalties in Sunday night’s final against Italy (11 July).
In the wake of the match, Rashford, Sancho and Saka have been subject to torrents of racist abuse from some England fans.
American actor Sudeikis is the latest celebrity to show his support for the England players, following on from stars including Liam Gallagher and Anne-Marie.
The Emmy-nominated actor wore a black shirt emblazoned with the names of the footballers to the season two premiere of his football-themed series Ted Lasso on Thursday (15 July).
At the premiere, which was held at the Pacific Design Centre in West Hollywood, Sudeikis wore a shirt reading: “Jadon&Marcus&Bukayo” in reference to the three football stars.
In the comedy show, Sudeikis plays a kind-hearted, small-time American football coach who is drafted in to manage an English Premier league team despite not knowing anything about the sport.
Ted Lasso received 20 Emmy nominations this year, with Sudeikis receiving a nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Fans on social media have praised Sudeikis for his support of Saka, Rashford and Sancho.
“Jason Sudeikis at the Ted Lasso premiere. A class act. A great show,” wrote one user.
Another added: “Epic from Jason Sudeikis,” while a third person said: “This is everything.”
“If anything Jason Sudeikis is even more compassion than Ted Lasso,” wrote one person.
“Just like his character Ted Lasso, Jason Sudeikis knows there’s more to football than kicking a ball,” agreed someone else.
Others called the 45-year-old a “legend”, adding that they “respect” the actor for his actions.
Find a full list of this year’s Emmy nominations here.
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– July 16, 2021
Jason Sudeikis Ted Lasso offers his support to Marcus Rashford