Alexis Sanchez walked the red carpet on Thursday evening to celebrate the premiere of his debut film.
The Manchester United forward stars in Mi Amigo Alexis, which was released on May 30 in his native Chile.
The 30-year-old was accompanied by his dogs Atom and Humber at the first screening.
The film, directed by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, is not a biopic but tells the tale of 12-year-old Tito who accidentally meets his idol Sanchez.
Everybody loves him (in Chile),’ said executive producer Rocio Jadue. ‘He is considered a big hero.
Sanchez, who is reportedly United’s highest earner, has struggled with injuries and poor form since moving to Old Trafford in January 2018 from Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to offload him this summer.
Mi Amigo Alexis is Sanchez’s first feature film role, but he has previously appeared in adverts and famously played piano in his Red Devils unveiling video.
I think people will be surprised at how Alexis acts – what he does and says,’ said Fernandez. ‘He goes beyond what we see on the pitch.
Speaking to ADN Radio Chile, Sanchez said: It’s different from playing soccer. There, you are not worried about the cameras. I am a perfectionist and I want things to go well. In the end, I was relaxed and happy and it came out natural.
Luciano Gonzalez, who beat thousands in casting to land the role of Tito, said
working with Sanchez was ‘the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me.
Sanchez has returned to Chile ahead of their defence of the Copa America which starts on 14 June in Brazil.
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