A Ronnie O’Sullivan documentary is being filmed at this year’s World Snooker Championships and we now know that only one man can stop him from having the Hollywood ending he seems destined for. Jud Trump.
O’Sullivan’s life has been very well documented over the last 30 years, but the cameras have followed him intensely in the Crucible for the past 15 days, making it, for sure, an extremely popular work.
The Rocket revealed that the crew had access to all areas and he even had a microphone in his vest while he played, to capture every last utterance from the big man at the table.
The filmmakers liked the 46-year-old who made it to the eighth final of the World Championship, beating a number of good players along the way with apparent ease at every turn.
Dave Gilbert, Mark Allen, Stephen Maguire and John Higgins could not put a glove on O’Sullivan as he reached the final with just one step out of place.
A seventh world title is just 18 frames away from him now, which really would be the ideal ending for his movie. Capturing the only significant snooker record that has escaped him to date – Stephen Hendry’s seven Crucible triumphs.
It would be very unlikely that he would admit it – in fact, he said before the tournament that he ‘wouldn’t give a damn if he got bombed in the first round’ – but the allure of it all coming together in the film seemed to give Rocket a sharp focus that it doesn’t always have. we see in him.
Aside from the weird dumb interview, O’Sullivan has been everyone’s business in this tournament, playing all the right shots at the right times and generally hitting them all too.
Even when his tip bothered him and he seemed to have serious issues with cleaning the cue ball, it didn’t affect his focus and how well he played.
It’s an unwavering, fully focused, well-groomed, high-quality O’Sullivan. The professional model ready to wrap up his final scene by lifting the trophy, making history and bowing to his adored crowd as the curtain falls on the Crucible.
Unless there’s a serious plot twist. At the moment, this appears to be a film along the lines of James Bond. Okay, he’s going to get shot a lot and his car could blow up, but we know he’s going to be okay in the end and win the day because it’s a movie. There is drama along the way, but no real danger.
Judd Trump gets a chance to turn this all upside down, rip up the script and put a new one on the director’s desk, who sees O’Sullivan delivering the loser speech and the Ace holding the famous trophy aloft.
There are no guarantees in the sport and, come to think of it, James Bond actually ended the last movie in a pretty sticky situation, so even on the silver screen things can go downhill quickly towards the end.
But can Trump fill the role of the ultimate villain? Mark Williams playfully answered that question after being beaten 17-16 by Judd on Saturday.
“I’ve been asked some stupid questions in my time, but that’s up there,” said the Welshman. “Of course he can win, no doubt about it.”
Instead of getting carried away by the rounds so far like O’Sullivan, Trump has been dragging himself through them at times, not playing his best stuff but slowly improving over the course of the event.
He arrived at the Crucible out of shape, in disbelief and seemingly out of love for the game, but hard-fought wins over the likes of Anthony McGill and Williams sparked something back in the 32-year-old.
“Incredibly proud of what I’ve accomplished,” he said after beating Williams. ‘I came here without expecting anything. Honestly, I didn’t expect to win my first game.
“As the tournament progressed, I started hitting the ball better and better. Against McGill he really pushed me and I started playing well. If I can get off to a good start, I really believe my best game is very close.’
Bristolian enters as the underdog, as you would expect against the hero of the play, and knowing full well that he will play the role of villain against Rocket.
Ronnie O’Sullivan was Trump’s own hero growing up, his snooker idol, and part of the reason we see him playing the thrilling, offensive game he does.
‘We both tried our shots and we’re both going to win the game in one visit. I think that’s where we’re very similar,” O’Sullivan told Trump’s Betfred tournament sponsors.
‘He wants to earn a frame on a visit, I want to earn a frame on a visit.
‘Sometimes we have to take the shots out of the bag to keep the break, while other players can give up and play a little safety. So we have a similar mindset.’
The plot gets juicier and juicier ahead of the final scenes of this epic, with Trump trying to take down his idol with a snooker brand inspired by his opponent, proving that he is now the most powerful force in the game and can look down on his majesty. . perch on the man he’s always admired.
It’s a fascinating story in its own right, but it’s not one that seems destined to take place in the Crucible this year.
O’Sullivan is always the star of the snooker show and looks ready to deliver his piece of endurance on the sport’s biggest stage.
Long seen as his heir apparent as the game’s protagonist, Trump is tasked with ruining his hero’s party and taking on the curtain for himself.
A happy ending to the O’Sullivan story or a Trump-inspired tragedy? Two more days of Crucible drama and we’ll find out.
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