From X-Men To Snatch: Vinnie Jones’ Best Silver Screen Appearances

Football's favourite hardman has made a name for himself on the silver screen over the years
12:00, 05 Jan 2022

A pantheon of sports stars have graced the silver screen over the course of cinema history. From American football stars like OJ Simpson and Jim Brown to NBA legends like Michael Jordan and LeBron James, the list of athletes to swap the physio table for a make-up chair is endless. 

Even our own brand of football has seen its fair share of movie stars. Eric Cantona has 39 acting credits to his name, while former Premier League defender Fitz Hall made a cameo appearance in the 1997 blockbuster The Fifth Element (Seriously, Google it!). Then there’s Stan Collymore, Frank LeBoeuf, David Beckham, Pele… need we go on?

But one footballer-turned-actor stands above them all. The daisy-cutting Daniel Day Lewis, the Jeremy Strong of the beautiful game; Vincent Peter Jones. The former Wimbledon hard-nut, who turns 57 today, has a whopping 108 acting credits to his name according to IMDB and below, we’ve tried to boil it down to his ten best. 

X-Men: Last Stand, 2006

Widely considered the weakest of the many X-Men films, the third instalment was at least held up by a wildly entertaining Vinnie Jones as supervillain Juggernaut. It might not be Wolverine and co’s finest hour but Jones screaming, “I’m the Juggernaut, b*tch” is one of the finest one-liners to come out of any Marvel film. 

Eurotrip, 2004

This noughties teen movie, fuelled by the success of films like American Pie, sees Vinnie take on the role of a Manchester United hooligan who encounters a group of American teenagers on tour across Europe. He spends the entirety of the 92 minute running time swearing, fighting and well, basically being Vinnie Jones.

Gone In 60 Seconds, 2000

Playing opposite the likes of Hollywood heavy-hitters like Nicholas Cage, Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall, Jones plays the excellently-named Sphinx, a mute mortician who has one line in the entire film and, as Jones always does, completely steals the show.

Swordfish, 2001

Jones’ second Hollywood outing. This 2001 thriller starring Hugh Jackman, John Travolta and Halle Berry did remarkably well at the Box Office, pulling in $147m worldwide. It also opened the gate for the Watford man, and no doubt paved the way for him to star in some of the blockbusters on this list.

Escape Plan, 2013

Vinnie Jones vs a double-team of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. What else do you need to know?

The Condemned, 2007

Squid Games on anabolic steroids is the best way to describe The Condemned. This one sees Jones, ‘Stone-Cold’ Steve Austin and a bunch of sordid characters go head-to-head in a battle royale deathmatch in the jungle. Jones delights as a wonderfully over-the-top former SAS soldier and the film’s main antagonist. 

The Midnight Meat Train, 2008

Another star-studded affair for the former Welsh international. This time Jones’ huge frame fills our screen as a terrifying Jason Voorhees/Michael Myers-esque butcher who hunts down the film’s protagonist, Bradley Cooper, on the titular train. The film might sound like a truly dodgy innuendo, but The Midnight Meat Train is actually top viewing. 

Mean Machine, 2001

We’ll leave you to decide where this sits among the best football films of all time but there’s no doubt it’s an absolute classic. With a cast full of familiar faces, this remake of The Longest Yard shines the most during its grand finale where Jones gets to showcase what he does best: play football. 

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, 1998

Jones’ acting debut and, depending on which side of the fence you sit on when it comes to Guy Ritchie’s two seminal British classics, perhaps his best film. Jones proved he belonged on the big screen from the get-go and he wasn’t the only former athlete whose career was changed completely by the film. A certain professional diver named Jason Statham would also see his stock skyrocket. 

Snatch, 2000

Snatch is considered to be one of the best British flicks of the last 30 years and, in our humble opinion, just edges out Lock, Stock as Jones’ best film too. Jones, who has a much meatier role this time around, is one of the most memorable faces in a film that also includes Brad Pitt, Statham and Benicio Del Toro - no mean feat. This is Jones’ magnum opus.

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