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Monday 29 December 2014

Alex Higgins is next up for Richard Dormer on big screen

Good Vibrations star Richard Dormer has revealed that his next film will be about snooker superstar Alex Higgins.

Dormer is working on a screenplay about the snooker champ's life and said he hoped to take it to the big screen next year.

Dormer (43) previously wrote and starred in Hurricane, a stage play about the late sporting legend from Belfast who died in 2010.

"I'm writing it at the moment," said Dormer. "I'm basing it on the latter part of his life, and I'll be playing him.

"You never know until they say 'lights, camera, action' but I'm very hopeful it will happen."

Dormer, who has years of successful work in theatre under his belt, got to know Higgins while he was researching the play.

He asked for him in the bars and bookies he knew the troubled star frequented, to no avail, until one day the pair finally met at Connolly Station in Dublin.

"He was ordering a pint of Pernod," Dormer said. "We shared a train journey back to Belfast. He wanted to swap jackets with me but my girlfriend had given the jacket to me and I didn't want to.

"He told me where to go. It was a bad start. But at the end of the journey he came over to me with a bottle of Tennents and said, 'No hard feelings kid'. I just thought, he's a good guy."

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