He may no longer be the face of Toronto FC with Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe now on the team, but Dwayne De Rosario still has his sense of humour.
With Major League Soccer looking to capitalize on the popularity of the FIFA World Cup which ended last Sunday, it released an Internet spoof of the classic 80s movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, last Wednesday, featuring some of the biggest stars currently playing in North America. While the movie focuses on the reigning league MVP, Mike Magee of the Chicago Fire, as Ferris, De Rosario and Bradley make cameo appearances as the two garage attendants who take a Ferrari belonging to Ferris's friend's father for a high-flying joy ride. Even former Canadian men's national team coach Frank Yallop makes an appearance, playing himself.
"The league approached us about doing something for Mike after winning MVP and I was open to it and they told us the concept and it sounded pretty cool," De Rosario said. The movie also sees Canadian-born American women's player Sydney Leroux playing Ferris's girlfriend, Sloan, her teammate Hope Solo as Ferris's sister and New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry as the ornery maître d' of one of Chicago's top restaurants.
The video was a joint collaboration by MLS, the Chicago Fire and Kick TV, a YouTube offshoot of the league, and according to producer Will Kuhns had generated 300,000 views through its first 45 hours of being released.
De Rosario said that he and Bradley filmed their scene in a Toronto-area warehouse using a green screen, the normal accoutrement of movie CGI.
"We just did the facial things; the car wasn't moving, so we had to create the whole image like we were flying," he said. "If I knew it was like a stunt car kind of thing [I would have made a different expression] because I looked a little busted when you look at it slow."
It might be a little soon for the 36-year-old Canadian international to start thinking about a post-playing career, but De Rosario will never say never when it comes to new challenges.
"I enjoyed getting that side of it, creating a character and trying to make the viewer captivated or believing in what you're experiencing through your emotions…," he explained. "It just exploded today, so hopefully it will go worldwide and hopefully some acting agencies will call me if they're looking for someone."