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Film producer to tell story of George Best and the foe he couldn't conquer

By Staff Reporter

An Oscar-winning producer is reported to be interested in helming a documentary about George Best and his battle against alcoholism.

Simon Egan - who produced The King's Speech - is understood to be working with the football legend's son Calum at the early stages of the proposed high-quality production.

The aim is to produce a film similar to the highly-acclaimed Senna, the award-winning documentary on the Brazilian race driver Ayrton Senna.

The Best documentary will be presented by 33-year-old Calum who is currently inside the Celebrity Big Brother House.

Yesterday's Sun newspaper said the model had been working with Egan on the idea.

"Calum will present the film and is excited about the opportunity to tell his father's tale," a source told the newspaper.

"The fact a huge Oscar-winner and his production company are backing the project means he is assured the subject matter will be respectfully handled."

The source said the documentary will involve interviews with celebrity friends of the Belfast footballer, as well as figures from the world of sport and Best's ex-wife Angie.

"Calum will also interview his mother Angie who left George because of his womanising and drinking - so that will be emotional," the source added.

Egan was co-producer on The King's Speech which picked up four Oscars, including Best Picture, and seven Baftas for its portrayal of King George VI as he tried to overcome a speech impediment.

Egan famously had to have his Oscar statuette replaced after his toddler daughter dropped the original during a photoshoot and damaged it.

Egan has worked on a large number of documentaries - including one on the sinking of the Titanic.

Best, who grew up in the Cregagh area of east Belfast, died at the age of 59 in 2005 after years of battling alcoholism.

Calum, who grew up in California with Angie, previously presented a documentary about what it's like being a child of an alcoholic.

Profile

George Best was born in east Belfast and showed a flair for football at a young age. His incredible talent was discovered at the age of 15 when a Manchester United talent scout telegrammed Matt Busby the words: "I think I've found you a genius." Best went on to become a United and Northern Ireland legend. But his adult life was dogged by alcoholism which led to his death. He was married twice and had one son.

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