more movie stars played snooker, the world would be a better place. For snooker
involves a very different set of disciplines to acting.
De Niro isn't a very good actor
anymore, but he is steadily climbing the snooker rankings. He's
hoping to be in the provisional top 16 for next season. That will
guarantee he doesn't have to endure the indignity of the qualifiers
for next year's World Championship.
order to maintain some balance, Jimmy White has been drafted
in to replace De Niro in four major Hollywood roles this year.
most exciting is surely in Bad Men in which he will team
up with Edward Burns and Adrien Brody as a corrupt
cop who falls for a showgirl.
the very least we will be spared De Niro's traditional "amusing"
send up of his Travis Bickle character. At no point will Jimmy ask
a character if he is "talkin' to me?". A relief for movie-goers
of all ages.
don't like to boast, but that is my dad winning the 2001 Snooker
might have thought that Ronnie O'Sullivan won, but that's
just what the media want you to believe. It may come as a blow to
some of you, but I must inform you that Ronnie O'Sullivan doesn't
a computer-generated character that the World Snooker Federation
created to help the sport appeal to younger viewers. He head was
superimposed on my dad's body throughout the tournament. That is
why there is a 20 second delay before broadcast, so the computer
technology can do its magic. In the biz, people call Ronnie "Lara
Croft" because he's just a virtual player.
my dad won. (He beat Ken Docherty 19-14) but he doesn't drink
- and he even stopped smoking cigars after the tournament - so I
drank the magunum of champagne. I was very pissed that evening.
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