December 31st, 2008

Rio Ferdinand: Performance of a Lifetime



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We’ve really been warming to Rio Ferdinand of late, and this video of him in a school production of Bugsy Malone in 1991 has sealed the deal for us.

Watch as Rio fully emotes his character to full Tony award effect, complete with dance moves and warbling vocals.  It’s bloody awful – and completely adorable.

Added bonus: Rio falling off his chair.  Watch for the quintessential London-bwoy expression of, “Rass!“, which made us die repeatedly with delight.

Via our beloved nutsos at ONTD Football

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20 Responses to “Rio Ferdinand: Performance of a Lifetime”

  1. Becca says:

    arw that just sweet, but the video of him falling off his chair is hilarious ! haha

  2. aristeia says:

    GOOD GOD he was cute when he was little. Awww! LOFL– him falling off the chair was really cute, actually! I love his reaction, tee hee.

  3. carly says:

    LMAO! I almost fell off my chair too when he did, it was so unexpected, despite the warnings LOL The performance was amazing, especially the dance moves. Who knew? haha

  4. autumnmaple101 says:

    The falling off the chair part was hilarious!

  5. carly says:

    LMAO! I almost fell off my chair too when he did, it was so unexpected, despite the warnings LOL The performance was amazing, especially the dance moves. Who knew? haha

  6. Sarah says:

    I was in Bugsy Malone in middle school!!

  7. lose that girl says:

    Ah, Rio! Well, he does say in the 2009 United DVD annual that he would be an actor if he wasn't a footie god. I just wish he busted some more moves!And the fall? How awesome was that? Love the slo-mo! You definitely need the slo-mo to get the full effect! Laugh riot!lose that girl blog

  8. linkinred says:

    OMG i know im a bit behind with this one but rio falling off the chair – i swear i know its so cruel to laugh but im just literally crying watching it!!! I think its even funnier that his natural reaction to something like that is to cry out rass, absolute quality.

  9. Dreamgirl says:

    Awwwww Rio! So talented. The shot of his bum after falling off the chair – Wonderful!!!

  10. The Fourth Official says:

    Oh, my God, how cute is he!? Funny how we forget sometimes that our footballers were once dorky little kids like the rest of us! *remembers playing Buttercup in HMS Pinafore in Grade 8* The falling off the chair is just stupidly silly and it made me snork my tea.

  11. AJ says:

    OMG, how precious was he? I must say, his moves were quite elegant even back then. :D The earnest look on his face while doing the ballet moves is priceless. Love it.

  12. Deanna says:

    Aww! Rio!! How adorable! Love the dancing, he looks so damn earnest! And the second vid, when he fell of the chair, I burst out laughing. "Rass", I'd never heard that before. Yay, I learnt a new word, see, stalking can be educational too!

  13. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    I love seeing people fall over, when it isn't me. Aw look at little Rio, that film is sooo great, love it. I never got singing parts in my school plays, but I was a mermaid and indian in our Peter Pan production. I rocked (apart from the fact my size 12 boob toob – I was barely an 8 back then – fell down mid shimmy *blushes*). Oh and I fell down the stairs in front of everyone during rehersals – damn I was smooth in school…

  14. Boston Red says:

    How precious! What a gorgeous kid he was too. I was a munchkin in the The Wizard of Oz in 4th grade :)

  15. SuzyQ says:

    LOL LOL love it love Rio!

  16. Narsenal says:

    I WON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER – I WAS BORN TO BE A DANCER! I swear I have watched this clip 10 times. The little spin around the broom never fails to make me crack up.

  17. MrsTorres says:

    LMAO i cant stop laffin wen he falls of his chair n he was such a sweet child!

  18. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    I love seeing people fall over, when it isn’t me.

    Aw look at little Rio, that film is sooo great, love it. I never got singing parts in my school plays, but I was a mermaid and indian in our Peter Pan production. I rocked (apart from the fact my size 12 boob toob – I was barely an 8 back then – fell down mid shimmy *blushes*). Oh and I fell down the stairs in front of everyone during rehersals – damn I was smooth in school…

  19. FootballerChick43 - "Mrs.Ballack" says:

    Falling off the chair – funniest thing known to man. On the play – I seriously fell over laughing, but he did a really good job, lol.