By Billy Baxter

What was the first film you remember seeing? The Towering Inferno. I was trying to be cool as a kid and sat a couple of seats away from my mum but it got scary and I went right back and sat next to her again!”

Do you have a favourite genre? “My favourite movies would be A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption, and Jerry Maguire. What sort of genre is that?”

Jerry Maguire? Have you gone soft? “There was a lovey-dovey type thing in that movie but for me it was more about the ability to keep things in perspective and about having an appreciation for what really is important.”

Is Tom Cruise your favourite actor? “He was my favourite actor before he went to Scientology. If I didn’t know a lot about him as an individual he would probably still be my favourite actor, but the more I learn about him…It takes the gloss off, you know?”

What do you think of Hollywood’s attempts at making basketball films? “By and large, they’ve been great. I thought Coach Carter was fantastic and Hoosiers is in my Top 5. When I was younger, the movie that I loved the absolute most was called One On One, with Robby Benson. It was about a high school basketball hero who goes to college and I saw it probably eight times in two weeks. An absolute classic.”

If a movie was made of your life, who would play you? “Given that I’ve got grey hair, maybe I’ll go with Richard Gere. He’s got the good looks and the grey hair as well.”

Not Clooney? “Oh yeah, George! I’d happily go with him.”

This article was first published in 2006.

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