It’s been a while since Guy Ritchie made a straight up dark comedy with his style of action, so I’m going to make one.
Roughrunna stars Jason Statham as Liverpool Football Club star Lynn “Roughrunna” Bailey. He’s one of the stars of the English Premiere League. He’s the badboy. There are a lot of early quick cuts of him kicking balls into goals, cheering, drinking, snorting coke in bathrooms and having sex with prostitutes. Lynn appears to have it all. He even makes money on his own matches by placing bets with local bookie Wallace “Pounds” Craven. They call him “Pounds” because if you lose a bet and don’t pay him, he’ll get his pound of flesh (cut your bollocks off). Pounds is played by Tom Wilkinson, and his muscle Opie is played by Vinnie Jones. Anyway, we get the hint through a lot of incomprehensible cockney accents that Lynn is having money trouble. His girlfriend Mary, played by Ruth Wilson, wants him to stop gambling and instead use whatever little money he has left to open up a Fish and Chips Shop. We see that Lynn’s other talent outside of soccer is cooking. He idolizes Gordon Ramsay, who later on has a cameo in the film. Anyway, Mary tells him that if he doesn’t quit betting she’ll leave him.