Robbie Savage admits feeling unsure about ’embarrassing’ Margot Robbie project: ‘Really?’

Robbie Savage admits feeling unsure about ’embarrassing’ Margot Robbie project: ‘Really?’


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BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage, 45, has admitted he felt slightly concerned about his acting abilities when he was asked to recreate Margot Robbie’s bubble bath scene from The Big Short as part of a project with Santander. The former professional footballer revealed he initially felt unsure about the idea behind the campaign, which aimed to raise awareness of Safe Account Scams.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with, the star divulged: “It’s a light-hearted take on a very serious matter so when Santander approached me with Robbie Savage in a hot tub recreating Margot Robbie’s scene, I was like, ‘Really?’”

In spite of his reservations, Robbie explained he persevered with the campaign to help people protect their money during the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “But if it can help just one person, the campaign will be a success because there are so many vulnerable people and especially now with lots of people having to take pay cuts and being furloughed, it’s so important they can protect their money.”

Robbie went on to share his experience filming the project and said he found it “quite embarrassing at times” because he was unable to read his script from an autocue.

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When quizzed on whether the campaign was fun to film, the sportsman said: “It was weird. 

“Santander were great to work with and all of the production crew, they were very patient. 

“I’m not an actor and I had to act and it was quite embarrassing at times because I’m not reading an autocue and there were some difficult words in there.”

Fortunately, Robbie insisted he enjoyed his venture into acting and was looking forward to seeing the finished result. 


He continued: “It was great fun and I’m looking forward to it coming out and to see myself recreating Margot Robbie’s scene. 

“I’ve seen the first trailer of it and they’ve done exceptionally well. They sent me the scene they wanted to recreate and I thought, ‘How am I going to do that, sipping champagne in a hot tub?’

“But I thought the effects and how they’ve done it was great, so I just tried to do it in the exact same way really, except it’s me in the bath rather than Margot Robbie.”

Addressing the message behind the campaign, Robbie said: “I just think in these unprecedented times where lots of people have been furloughed, it’s really important that Santander and this campaign protects people’s money and raises awareness of Safe Account Scams.

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“Some can be ringing you up, I’ve had a couple especially in this time pretending to be the bank and then transferring your money to not the bank you think it is so I think it’s essential in these times that Santander and this campaign protects people’s money from the Safe Account Scams, which are very worrying.”

Elsewhere, Robbie spoke out about joining I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! “in the near future”.

The former Leicester City player explained he has been tempted to take part in the ITV reality show recently after talking to his friend Harry Redknapp, 73, and fellow pundit Ian Wright, 56, about their experiences on the programme.

Robbie, who placed sixth on Strictly in 2011 alongside his professional partner Ola Jordan, also admitted he signed up to the BBC show to prove to the public that he is a “decent guy” in spite of his reputation on the pitch.


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He revealed: “I’ve done one reality show in Strictly and the reason I wanted to do that was to show people my personality and that I’m a decent guy.

“Not just that player on the football field that people didn’t like and the pantomime villain which I was called, but Strictly really helped the public see that I was a decent guy.”

Following his positive time on Strictly, Robbie said he feels like “now is the right time” to join I’m A Celebrity’s line-up.

He continued: “So I think probably now is the right time, in the near future, to do the jungle.

“I’d like to do it now I’ve listened to Harry and Ian Wright’s experiences, so probably in the near future I’d like to do the jungle.”

Robbie Savage is working with Santander UK to raise awareness of Safe Account Scams. To learn more, attend a virtual class on scam awareness at

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