World tennis number two Andy Murray has publically thanked Australian movie star Mel Gibson for his victory in Sunday's Wimbledon showdown with Serbian Novak Djokovic, claiming the actor's performance in the blockbuster Braveheart gave him 'inspired ideas' that if you're Scottish and you shout a lot, you can achieve almost anything.
Murray, who claims to have seen the 1995 classic over 800 times, including once just before walking onto Centre Court on Sunday, even considered applying blue war-paint before entering the arena, but was disuaded by his sponsors, who feared he may 'stain the image' of the civilised sport.
Mel Gibson, who portrayed William Wallace in the multi-award winning film, responded to the news this morning - 'I'm criticised by anti-racism groups and gay rights protesters constantly, so it's refreshing to hear that I'm being backed by someone, even if it is just a tennis player. I'm thrilled to hear how inspired Andy was by my performance. I protrayed my character with such beautiful accuracy and passion, and it's understandable how much it affected him'.
After the gruelling match, in temperatures that soared past thirty degrees, the elated British number one sobbed: 'I was so fired up after watching Braveheart before the match. I fast-forwarded to the bit when the Scottish frontline stood strong against the might of the English - the bit when William declares they will not take his freedom. It made me feel like, even in the face of adversity, if you're Scottish and you shout and scream a lot, absolutely anything is possible. I owe Mel everything'.
Judy Murray, mother of the newly crowned Wimbledon champion said, 'Braveheart was the first film Andrew ever saw and he just got hooked - it's what inspired him to play tennis. He watched it everyday for over 8 years. After witnessing how much the film impacted him, I tried to hide the video, but he'd always find it. It's clearly proved to be a great influence'.
The proud mum later added, 'I'm thrilled with what Andrew has achieved, but he isn't my main concern at the moment. His brother Jamie has become obsessed with the Scotland-based film Trainspotting - which I fear won't end quite so happily'.