Frank Bruno eyes Eddie Murphy for biopic

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Frank Bruno would like Eddie Murphy or Lenny Henry to play him on the big screen.

The 56-year-old former boxer revealed there is a script for a biopic about him and though it’s still in it’s early days, he already knows who he wants to see in the leading role.

He told BANG Showbiz: “The film is very early days, we are talking. But to make a film is quite a long process, you’ve got get funding and etc, so very early days yet we don’t have a director or anything like that.

“The script is on the table but we’re not sure what we’re going to do, hopefully it will be made in Britain, that makes sense. Lenny Henry would be good. I’d like to see Eddie Murphy do it really, get him out of retirement. Eddie has been settling down but we need him back.”

Frank is currently busy working with Heineken on their Brewing Good Cheer campaign which aims to reduce social isolation over the Christmas period, which will see an estimated nine million people spending a large proportion of the festive holiday alone.

This campaign will see 50 pubs across the country put on a free Christmas lunch for hundreds of socially isolated people and Frank visited The White Horse pub in Brixton, South London, near his former childhood home and old gym to see how the establishment is helping vulnerable people this December, spending time chatting with locals.

Frank was joined by members of Opening Doors, a support network for elderly people in the LGBT community, and people from Sound Minds, a charity that uses art, music and film to help people deal with depression or other mental illnesses.

The beloved pugilist – who documented his own battle with mental health and struggle against loneliness in his memoirs ‘Let Me Be Frank’ – said of his visit: “Without the strong support and safety net of my friends and supporters I wouldn’t be standing in front of you today. Their friendship and company not only helped during dark times in my life but also prevented me from being alone and dwindling even further down that road. Millions of others will not only agree with me but will also identify with my situation so I am glad Heineken is taking positive steps to address this issue. I completely identify with the ethos of Brewing Good Cheer. Pubs are a totally unique British institution, and bring people from all walks of life together unlike anywhere else in the world. I think pubs provide a great setting to connect lonely and isolated people and to bring some much needed Christmas cheer.”

Visit Neighbourly.com/brewinggood for more information on the charity campaign.

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