TV series to focus on Jackson’s last days
Footballer among stars trying to sway vote
Former England football captain David Beckham is the latest celebrity to reveal how he plans to vote in the looming referendum on whether the UK should remain in the European Union (EU).
The 41-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, wants Britain to remain in Europe and wrote on Facebook “we were a better and more successful team” because of the players from outside Britain in the squad.
Beckham also played for Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
He said “those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people. We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong”.
Beckham added “we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone. For these reasons I am voting to Remain”. Among the other VIPs who have tried to sway how people will vote on Thursday are billionaire currency trader George Soros and Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Soros warned a vote for Britain to leave will trigger a plunge in the pound - without benefits that can come with a devalued currency. In an op-ed piece in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper, Soros predicted the drop will be more dramatic than when Britain crashed out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in September 1992. Meanwhile, Rowling says she knows something about creating fictional monsters and villains - and sees both sides in the campaign conjuring “monsters calculated to stir up our deepest fears”. In a blog post, Rowling said “the tales we have been told during this referendum have been uglier than any I can remember in my lifetime”. But she favours remaining in the 28-bloc union, accusing the “leave” campaigners of fanning a racist brand of nationalism and distorting the truth. Filmmaker JJ Abrams is adapting a new book about Michael Jackson for television with Tavis Smiley, coauthor of the book. Smiley’s company Warner Bros Television is on board the project with Smiley and Abrams. The book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, was due to be published yesterday. Written by Smiley and David Ritz, it’s described as a novelistic take on the pop star’s final months. Jackson died in June 2009 from an overdose of sedatives. Abrams and Smiley will be executive producers on the TV series.
IN: Beckham and Rowling favour staying in the EU