Vinnie Jones blames Britain's malaise on immigration

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In the movies he tends to play dim knuckleheads with an obnoxious personality and little discernible intellect. Funnily enough, Vinnie Jones was a bit like that on the football field as well. Now, in his latest comments about his native Britain, Vinnie seems to be living the cliche.

Talking to Radio Times (unless the interview was conducted in a series of guttural grunts), Jones did little to dispel his image as Hollywood's go-to white van man, blaming immigration for Britain's problems.

"I just think we should get our own house in order before we open our doors," he said, self-parodically. "It’s mind-boggling to me. To me, England is past its sell-by date. It’s not the country I grew up in. It’s a European country now. If someone blindfolded you and put you on a plane in LA, and you landed at Heathrow and they took it off, you wouldn’t have a clue where you were."

Jones is oblivious to the ironies of an LA expat moaning about immigration, but is still nostalgic enough about old England to surround himself with home comforts. "I get my Walkers crisps delivered once a month. I have a box of Roast Chicken, a box of Salt and Vinegar, and a box of Monster Munch." Gary Lineker will be very proud.

Still, it's probably unfair to expect considered political observations from a retired football hardman turned ageing movie heavy. Jones has a niche as a rent-a-meathead in Hollywood, but occasionally mentions, loudly, that he used to play football for a living . "That gives me massive credibility," Jones claims, proving that American actors know absolutely nothing about football. "Nic Cage said to me, 'Hey man, I didn’t know you were a pro soccer player, that’s awesome.' It means I’m going in on an even keel with them."

At least until Cage ever gets around to watching some of Jones's performances on YouTube.

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