Hollywood star Cate Blanchett insists that AFL is ‘REAL football’ as Australian actor tells Jimmy Kimmel of the ‘hardcore’ Tasmanians who play the sport on GRAVEL
Cate Blanchett has taunted an American audience by boldly claiming Aussie rules is ‘real football’ as the United States lauds in yet another compelling Super Bowl.
Blanchett, from Melbourne, Australia, shunned gridiron and soccer during an interview with US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel when discussing ‘real football’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The Hollywood actor – who has won two Oscars and is nominated for her role in Tar at this year’s awards – was asked if she watched Sunday’s Super Bowl.
‘To be honest, it’s a gladiatorial sport, where I came from we have a football that’s Aussie rules, footy,’ Blanchett said.
‘They have a similar kind of ball except they don’t have the protection.’
Cate Blanchett has said that Aussie rules is ‘real football’ on American television
Blanchett grew up in Melbourne and her uncle once played for the Essendon Football Club
The Queenstown Crows – in Tasmania – play footy on a gravel oval and are ‘hardcore’
Kimmel responded: ‘They don’t even have sleeves right?’
Blanchett: ‘They wear shorts and tank tops. And my uncle used to play professionally for Essendon. And my cousin played in Tasmania where it’s so hardcore they played on gravel.’
Kimmel: ‘Is that true?’
Blanchett: ‘Yeah. I mean the Super Bowl, they take a few hits, but you go to Tasmania and they play real football.’
Kimmel: ‘On gravel, that’s not kidding around.’
Blanchett: ‘They lose a lot of players but … it’s why the population’s really small.
‘And the hole in the Ozone layer is right over Australia so it’s really, it a very very difficult game. So that was nothing last night Patrick.’