Eric Cantona, the Gallic poet, philosopher and sometime football player,
can now add ‘cabbies’ hero’ to his list of vocations (oh yes, on top of
ad star), after an entertaining evening in London.
The Manchester United striker was out on the town in Soho with some
staffers from St Luke’s after wrapping the shoot for his Eurostar
Tim Hearn, one of the agency’s four creative directors, was charged with
looking after the temperamental celebrity for the evening.
After a night of beers and frolicking, Hearn (we’ve been asked to point
out that it was Hearn, not Cantona, who was doing the beers and
frolicking) took up his position as minder and went off to book a
minicab for the star. In order to jump the queue a bit he used Cantona’s
Notorious for its quick wit, however, the minicab firm would have none
of it, insisting that Hearn must be ‘taking the mickey’, and other such
choice Arabic expletives.
Tempers flew, and fists were on the ready, when the man himself came
strolling round the corner, nonchalantly chewing on a baguette, as only
a Frenchman can.
‘Ca va?’ he queried, coolly restoring good humour to all around, and
promptly set about autographing endless receipts for various fortunate
members of the cabbies’ somewhat extended families.