#AtoZChallenge – Letter R – The two Rooneys


A football legend and an extremely talented movie star are the topics for today’s post on the letter R. Wayne Rooney and Rooney Mara have a special place in my mind. I was initially confused whether to do a post on just one of them or both. Ultimately, I decided to cover both of them – leaving one out would have been harsh.

I first saw Wayne Rooney when he came off the bench as a 16-year-old and scored a stunning winner for Everton against Arsenal in the English Premier League. From then, I have been attracted to his style of play. The way he scored goals, I secretly wished he would join Manchester United, my favorite club. That did happen, much to my elation, in 2004. The rest, as they say, is history. He has been extremely successful with the club, helping them win five Premiership titles and a UEFA Champions League title. He is quick, dribbles with phenomenal accuracy and finishes clinically. He has a shrewd footballing mind, developed by a combination of being under the tutelage of one of the most successful football managers, Sir Alex Ferguson and his own precocious talent. Of late, his wares have weaned, but he is still a force to reckon with for United as well as England. Wazza as he is popularly called, is a true Manchester United legend.

Rooney Mara rose to prominence portraying Lisbeth Salander in the movie version of Stieg Larsson’s critically acclaimed novel ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. Her performance was brilliant in the movie – in terms of the intimate scenes she was involved in, dialogue delivery and acting prowess. She lent her own color to the character, subtly different from the one portrayed in the book. Rooney Mara is extremely passionate in the work that she does, evidenced by the lengths she went to make her own interpretation of Lisbeth in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and Therese Belivet in ‘Carol’. Interestingly, both the roles fetched her Oscar nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. There are some exciting roles in future for her, and I’m looking forward to see her in ‘The Secret Scripture’, ‘Weightless’ and ‘Una’ which release this year. There is no doubt she has the talent to go many miles in Hollywood and be a legend.

Written as part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge – http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/