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'I did not make a porn film. It's a piece of art' - Eric Cantona defends film described as 'superb artistic orgy'

Published 14/04/2015 | 10:44

Eric Cantona in his new film
Eric Cantona in his new film
Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona's latest film, You and the Night on Tuesday, has been described as "soft port" in some circles but the man himself insists it is a "work of art".

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His latest film sees him don a prosthetic appendage during an orgy which has led to some critics describing it as a "superb artistic orgy".

Cantona, however, has different views.

He said: "Porn? No, it's not porn. It's a piece of art. It's just a piece of art. But you can see it like this. It's beautiful. You should see it. Unfortunately, porn is not so aesthetic and so beautiful. But love is sex also, you know?

"This kind of story for the ones who have seen it - I'm sure nobody has seen it - it's too beautiful.

"This kind of story, when you choose to do it, you have to know the director. If it's somebody special, if it's a real artist, you can do it. You can give, and be confident enough."

Since hanging up his boots, the Frenchman has made a string of films and he says that the discipline and work rate in acting is akin to that of a footballer.

"In sport, I had to work very hard, I had to work very hard, to come in, play the game, and to be confident enough to enjoy the game. And, as an actor, it's exactly the same," added Cantona.

"So, for me, it's not so different. We are in front of an audience, we are in front of everything. It's a public job so we have to share it with the people. And it's teamwork, also. We have to work with other actors and we are directed by a director - in football, by a coach. For me, it's very similar. It's just another game. So, I'm not bored."

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