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Has anyone read Ray Price's autobiography "Perpetual Motion?" It needs to be a movie. I'm not kidding. Ray working his arse off by day as a brickie, living in Bankstown, his kids getting bullied at school every day fueling his hatred for Canterbury. Life is going shit, marriage on the rocks, then his best mate Crowey almost loses an eye and is forced to retire. Almost! Ray goes to Mick's hospital bed and whispers in his ear that they're gonna win the GF together and he finally inspires Mick to get back on the field and play the GF with one working eye. They win the game of course off Crowey's boot - still only GF to not have a try scored (we say that in writing at the end when the movies finished; "The 1986 Grand Final is still the only Grand Final to have no try scored") Heaps of biff, spear tackles, anger, war. A running comedic feud between Ray and Sterlo (as Sterlo plays pokies) over whether RL will ever be a fully professional sport (Sterlo says yes, Ray says no.) Throw in an obligatory Aussie film bank robbery and we'll all be up collecting our AFIs next year. That's right, US! Eels fans. See, we crowd fund it. Like on Indiegogo. We raise 2 mill to make it right and shoot the ultimate Rugby League movie painting the Bulldogs as the maggots they were, are, and forever shall be. They'll try to make their own movie in revenge of course but it'll suck and f*** them. Let's tell it from our perspective and let history judge as it will. Couple of cameos, Mal Meninga planning a political career but can't keep his mitts off the girls after a few ales, Bob Hawke at the GF off his nut. A song by Guru Growth that brings tears to every eye in the cinema - (something like Moana but instead of the dream being to sail down the ocean it's to sail down the sideline.) Seriously, let's just make this f****** thing instead of sitting on our arses for the NEXT 31 years dreaming about it!!
Only popped in for a few quick hits Poppa.
Will be missing again next week.
I saw on Fox during the week the movie Raging Bull. Never seen it before. I was in equal measure horrified and impressed by the true story of the boxer Jake Lamotta who came from nothing to be world champion,then fixed fights under the control of the mob and faded from history. It was full of nostalgia for me as I was starting to grow up at time and remember some of the fights that JM had with Sugar Ray Robinson, probably the greatest middleweight of all time, and the songs in the movie, Prisoner Of Love by Perry Como, Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole and others. This ramble is to suggest that a movie about Ray Price structured similar to Raging Bull and full of nostalgia might just cut the mustard. As Jack Gibson said of Ray he never came off the field without blood coming from him.
It could have paid subliminal advertising to help fund it. The Toohey's ads could be inserted, his hot water could break down and a repairman from DUX turns up to fix it, he could buy some fibro from Hardies and when he is constantly bashed almost unconscious, the Coles lady can sing "Down, down, Price is down" and he could wear Amco jeans. Seriously, the guy was a warrior and it probably would make a movie. P.S. I have the book and will probably read it again now