Tim Roth admits he starred in “awful” Fifa movie to put his kids through college

The star of The Hateful Eight remembers his most controversial role, playing Sepp Blatter in Fifa film United Passions


As the star of several Quentin Tarantino films, including upcoming movie The Hateful Eight, actor Tim Roth is used to controversy. However, perhaps his most negatively received role came in ‘United Passions’ – a big budget puff piece commissioned by Fifa to tell the story of their own foundation. 

Tim Roth played Sepp Blatter, the executive who was recently banned from all football-related activities for eight years following an ethics investigation – Blatter claims the decision is a “masquerade” designed to “dirty” his name. 

Now Roth has addressed his role in the hagiography during a Reddit AMA

“The film is awful (can’t say that because I haven’t seen it). I hated doing it,” he told fans. “It was the wrong film but for the right reasons. I had two kids in college so I had to make a decision and it was probably poorly judged, but once you make that decision you have to follow through.” 


The actor went on to speculate about the fate of the executive, noting, “He seems to have survived everything that has been thrown at him.” 

United Passions currently has 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.