At a press briefing on Tuesday, Bafta award-winning director Matt Smith said of the film: “Ultimately getting to the bottom of what makes Wayne tick – his ability to come in and fighting when the chips are down is really interesting.”
Rooney added: “What you will see is my character. In life I’ve had a lot of ups and downs from my country both on the pitch and off. I’ve always got that determination to come out the other the sides of things.”
A teaser for the new ‘Rooney’ film was released as Amazon outlined its plans for sports broadcasting over the coming months. Arsenal are the next Premier League club to feature in it’s All or Nothing fly-on-wall series, and the new streaming firm has been emboldened by viewing figures for its live coverage. In December last year, it recorded a peak audience of three million for Liverpool against Tottenham.
The Rooney documentary was the biggest talking point for Amazon at the London event, however, with Rooney saying he wanted his fim to address stories on both the front and back pages. “I wanted to be honest and touch on everything that has happened in my life, which is important,” he added. “If I do it and I am not honest or I don’t speak about things it wouldn’t be real, so it was about me coming out and people seeing me and my family for who we are and not what is being portrayed of us as a family.
“I want people to have a better understanding of me as a person really. Throughout a young sportsperson’s life they go through difficult periods and there is a lot of me talking about moments where I was really down, I didn’t want to be around anyone.
“People talk about mental health. At the time I did see someone at times. It is about realising what was going through your head and trying to cope with the pressure of playing for Manchester United and trying to be successful, playing for your country, then captaining your country and taking a lot of that pressure on as well.
“They will get a real insight into what was going on inside my head.”
One of the lowest moments for Rooney came in 2006 when he was shown a red card for England in the World Cup quarter-final against Portugal, with his then Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo sending him off with a wink.
Recalling that day, he said: “I was sitting in the dressing room alone, knowing you are potentially out of the World Cup but also on the flip side knowing if you do qualify you are going to be out of the semi-final and possibly final if you go through.
“It is that thought process of what is going through your head at such a young age, knowing that either way you have let your country down, let yourself down. It will be interesting to see.”
Rooney, who burst on to the scene as a 16-year-old for Everton, added: “Growing up in a council estate in Liverpool wasn’t easy, I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t change it but it wasn’t easy to say the least.
“I think the film captures a lot of that. Getting thrown into the spotlight as a 16-year-old and having to deal with everything that comes with playing for your country at 17 was all new to me. I was learning on my feet, I had to learn quick, of course there were some mistakes along the way as well.”