WILLIAM Shakespeare wrote: “The whole world is a stage, and all men and women are only actors. ”
There are of course different stages and accessories for different times in a person’s life.
For Cherries boss Scott Parker, his current cadre is at the top of the second tier of English football.
After impressing the club’s board of directors to secure the head coach position at Vitality Stadium this summer, the former Fulham manager has taken a prominent role, now taking center stage on the south coast .
But go back 27 years and the former England midfielder, then a talented member of the Charlton Athletic academy, was actually known as the face of McDonald’s, before the 1994 World Cup.
He was the flagship of an advertisement for the giant fast food chain.
His character “Jimmy” was doing kick-ups before being told “we’re going to McDonald’s”. Jimmy then decided to continue working with the ball in the garden.
Ironically, a line in the ad read, “This ad is dedicated to anyone who knows what the practice does …”
Parker’s hard work in climbing the football ladder in real life has seen him play 368 times in the Premier League, as well as make 18 senior appearances for England over a ten-year span.
But he admits his audition to be in a McDonald’s commercial was a challenge like no other he had faced.
Asked about his appearance by the Daily Echo, Parker said, “I was a 13-year-old boy for the United States World Cup in 1994.
“McDonald’s, or an advertising company, called Charlton to ask if they had a young boy to do kick-ups. Charlton suggested to me.
“I went to audition at Pineapple Studios in Covent Garden.
“At the back of a line full of young boys who had gone to drama school, the moms were doing their hair and all that, and I was a scruffy boy at the back of the line with my ball in my hand. .
“I guess those boys weren’t football – they were more actors. I just walked in, did a few kick-ups and got the part!
“I was known as the boy at McDonald’s for big plays, it was definitely me.”
When asked what it was like to be in such a different field at a young age, Cherries’ boss replied, “To be honest with you, it was mixed. It was awful and it was also very good!
“It was horrible because I was an age when I was going to a boys’ school in the middle of New Cross in South East London, you know what I mean?”
“In the ad, I was the kid named Jimmy. As you can imagine, there were things that were difficult because you got the mick taken out of you every day and it turned into that, really.
“But on the other hand, it was a brilliant experience. There was really a bit of a balance there, but it’s all part and parcel of growing up. ”
When asked if he had actually eaten the food he advertised in his youth, the former Chelsea star said: “Yeah, I’ve had McDonald’s quite a bit.
“I don’t eat it anymore but I definitely ate it when I was a kid – I grew up with it! ”
Looking ahead today, Parker’s thirst for success helped Cherries take the championship pole position in the October international break.
And he admits that besides putting his own philosophy into his players, he also adapts well to living in a cool environment.
“I’ve been on my bike a few times from here, along the (sea) front and that,” said the 40-year-old.
“I used to go downstairs and watch Harry (Arter) anyway, so I’m familiar with that.
“My kids are always on the road, but they come on the weekends and watch every game, at home and away and we often go out after games and go eat something good as a family.
“They also have fun when they’re here.
“I have four boys, one to seven, so often he goes down to the front and buzzes, he thinks he’s on vacation!
Head Coach McDonald’s cameo will always be remembered from his childhood, but Parker is eager to come up with something for fans of Cherries to savor this campaign.