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George Best movie audition hopefuls - pictures from men who want to play the Manchester United legend in the Stephen Evans' film The Madness Of King George. Above: John Mullin

George Best movie audition hopefuls - pictures from men who want to play the Manchester United legend in the Stephen Evans' film The Madness Of King George. Above: John Mullin

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

Ray Kenning

Ray Kenning

George Best in a Glentoran shirt with another ex Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside - and a young Stephen Chick

George Best in a Glentoran shirt with another ex Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside - and a young Stephen Chick

Callum Byers

Callum Byers

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Cameron Ervine. Submitted by Jennifer Ervine

Cameron Ervine. Submitted by Jennifer Ervine

George Best

George Best

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Clark Chambers

Clark Chambers

George Best, during the Northern Ireland v England match in October 1966

George Best, during the Northern Ireland v England match in October 1966

David Holmes

David Holmes

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Ethan Braniff

Ethan Braniff

Manchester United legend George Best

Manchester United legend George Best

Denis Halligan

Denis Halligan

Benfica's Goalkeeper Jose Henrique (left) races back to his goal in a vain attempt to stop George Best (right) of Manchester United from scoring his team's second goal in the the European Cup final at Wembley, 29th May 1968. United eventually won 4-3 after extra time.

Benfica's Goalkeeper Jose Henrique (left) races back to his goal in a vain attempt to stop George Best (right) of Manchester United from scoring his team's second goal in the the European Cup final at Wembley, 29th May 1968. United eventually won 4-3 after extra time.

Harry Ennis

Harry Ennis

George Best pictured with Pat Jennings

George Best pictured with Pat Jennings

James Galloghly

James Galloghly

Football legend George Best pictured at Windsor Park

Football legend George Best pictured at Windsor Park

George Best in training for Manchester United

George Best in training for Manchester United

These are pictures of my son Jonathan age 17 from Belfast.  He is an actor and also a footballer - he is a member of Centre Stage Drama School and plays football for a local team.   I think he could play the role of George Best age 15. Submitted by mum  Elaine

These are pictures of my son Jonathan age 17 from Belfast. He is an actor and also a footballer - he is a member of Centre Stage Drama School and plays football for a local team. I think he could play the role of George Best age 15. Submitted by mum Elaine

Football legend George Best

Football legend George Best

Kieran Corr

Kieran Corr

George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin

George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin

Heres a handsome chap for ya -  maybe looks more like calum though. Submitted by Laura Mack

Heres a handsome chap for ya - maybe looks more like calum though. Submitted by Laura Mack

George Best footballer in Manchester United kit

George Best footballer in Manchester United kit

 Lewis  Mc Keown pictured with his dad Paul

Lewis Mc Keown pictured with his dad Paul

George Best in action for Manchester United

George Best in action for Manchester United

George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend

George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend

 Robbie Martin

Robbie Martin

George Best puts pressure on Gordon Banks as he prepares to clear the ball from the England penalty area in the 1971 international at Windsor Park.

George Best puts pressure on Gordon Banks as he prepares to clear the ball from the England penalty area in the 1971 international at Windsor Park.

George Best with Lawrie Sanchez

George Best with Lawrie Sanchez

Son Michael Watson submitted by his dad Tom

Son Michael Watson submitted by his dad Tom

George Best

George Best

Allison Sykes has submitted this picture  of her son

Allison Sykes has submitted this picture of her son

John Chaffetz, an official of the Los Angeles Aztecs, points the way for soccer star George Best. Best was attending a press conference after joing the Aztecs in 1976

John Chaffetz, an official of the Los Angeles Aztecs, points the way for soccer star George Best. Best was attending a press conference after joing the Aztecs in 1976

Football legend George Best, pictured with Pat Jennings (left) and Billy Bingham (right).

Football legend George Best, pictured with Pat Jennings (left) and Billy Bingham (right).

George Best in April 2002 at the house in Burren Way, where he unveiled a plaque after being awarded the freedom of Castlereagh

George Best in April 2002 at the house in Burren Way, where he unveiled a plaque after being awarded the freedom of Castlereagh

George Best and his mother Annie

George Best and his mother Annie

Football legend George Best pictured in 1990

Football legend George Best pictured in 1990

George Best, ex-Manchester United footballer, smiling with bruised eye

George Best, ex-Manchester United footballer, smiling with bruised eye

Manchester United and Northern Ireland football legend George Best

Manchester United and Northern Ireland football legend George Best

A bus stop on the Cregagh Road on the morning of George Best's funeral.

A bus stop on the Cregagh Road on the morning of George Best's funeral.

Flags at George Best funeral at Stormont. Saturday 3rd December 2005

Flags at George Best funeral at Stormont. Saturday 3rd December 2005

The garden of the Best family home in Burren Way, Cregagh, on the day of George's funeral.

The garden of the Best family home in Burren Way, Cregagh, on the day of George's funeral.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

Calum Best in the funeral cortege.

Calum Best in the funeral cortege.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

Calum and Dickie Best at George Best's funeral

Calum and Dickie Best at George Best's funeral

The crowd on the Cregagh Road waiting for George Best's funeral cortege.

The crowd on the Cregagh Road waiting for George Best's funeral cortege.

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

George Best's coffin is carried up the steps to the Stormont buildings

George Best's coffin is carried up the steps to the Stormont buildings

George Best's coffin is draped with the Northern Ireland flag

George Best's coffin is draped with the Northern Ireland flag

George Best's agent Phil Hughes (centre) with Eamonn Holmes next to George Best's coffin in the Parliament buildings in Stormont, Belfast, Saturday December 3, 2005. The world of football was today paying its last respects as George Best, one of the greatest ever players, was laid to rest. Best, 59, died last Friday in London's Cromwell Hospital.

George Best's agent Phil Hughes (centre) with Eamonn Holmes next to George Best's coffin in the Parliament buildings in Stormont, Belfast, Saturday December 3, 2005. The world of football was today paying its last respects as George Best, one of the greatest ever players, was laid to rest. Best, 59, died last Friday in London's Cromwell Hospital.

The Best family at the George Best funeral at Stormont

The Best family at the George Best funeral at Stormont

Billy Bingham at George Best's funeral

Billy Bingham at George Best's funeral

Robert Dunlop at George Best's funeral

Robert Dunlop at George Best's funeral

Dickie and Calum Best at the funeral of George Best funeral at Stormont.

Dickie and Calum Best at the funeral of George Best funeral at Stormont.

Terry Neill at George Best's funeral

Terry Neill at George Best's funeral

Paddy Kielty and Gerry Armstrong at George Best's funeral

Paddy Kielty and Gerry Armstrong at George Best's funeral

Frank McLintock at George Best's funeral

Frank McLintock at George Best's funeral

Mike England at George Best's funeral

Mike England at George Best's funeral

Derek Dougan at George Best's funeral

Derek Dougan at George Best's funeral

Milan Manderic at George Best's funeral

Milan Manderic at George Best's funeral

Pat Jennings at George Best's funeral

Pat Jennings at George Best's funeral

Phil Taylor, George Best's agent and Jackie Fullerton at George Best's funeral

Phil Taylor, George Best's agent and Jackie Fullerton at George Best's funeral

Alex Higgans at George Best's funeral

Alex Higgans at George Best's funeral

Bobby Jameson at George Best's funeral

Bobby Jameson at George Best's funeral

Barry McGuigan and his wife at George Best's funeral

Barry McGuigan and his wife at George Best's funeral

Rodney Marsh at George Best's funeral

Rodney Marsh at George Best's funeral

Dennis Law (centre) at George Best's funeral

Dennis Law (centre) at George Best's funeral

Martin O'Neill at George Best's funeral

Martin O'Neill at George Best's funeral

Callum Best and mum Angie at George Best's funeral

Callum Best and mum Angie at George Best's funeral

George Best's grave

George Best's grave

The Best family plot at Roselawn on the day before George's funeral.

The Best family plot at Roselawn on the day before George's funeral.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. Pictured a silver Benfica letter opener, dated 1966, given to George which marks Man Utd's 5-1 European Cup defeat of Benfica in Lisbon. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. Pictured a silver Benfica letter opener, dated 1966, given to George which marks Man Utd's 5-1 European Cup defeat of Benfica in Lisbon. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years

Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon holding a replica European Champions Manchester United Trophy presented to Dickie Best when George Best died. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon holding a replica European Champions Manchester United Trophy presented to Dickie Best when George Best died. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fans - Mark McIlwaine (13, left) and David McCracken (13), both from Lurgan Junior High admiring some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fans - Mark McIlwaine (13, left) and David McCracken (13), both from Lurgan Junior High admiring some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon (dressed in his school rugby kit) holding a cast from George Best's original match worn boots, pictured amongst Best memorabilia at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon (dressed in his school rugby kit) holding a cast from George Best's original match worn boots, pictured amongst Best memorabilia at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Items on sale of the Dickie Best collection which will go on public auction on the 19th march at the Wilsons premises in Mallusk with 110 lots of George Best memorabillia available which was collected by Dickie over a 40 year period.

Items on sale of the Dickie Best collection which will go on public auction on the 19th march at the Wilsons premises in Mallusk with 110 lots of George Best memorabillia available which was collected by Dickie over a 40 year period.

Family Portrait (left to right): Carol Best - Lisa Hogg; Julie Best (Twin) - Catherine Quinn; Ann Best - Michelle Fairley; George Best - Tom Payne; Dickie Best - Lorcan Cranitch; Grace Best (Twin) - Amy Quinn; Barbara Best - Laura Donnelly

Family Portrait (left to right): Carol Best - Lisa Hogg; Julie Best (Twin) - Catherine Quinn; Ann Best - Michelle Fairley; George Best - Tom Payne; Dickie Best - Lorcan Cranitch; Grace Best (Twin) - Amy Quinn; Barbara Best - Laura Donnelly

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

Richard (Dickie) Best with a picture of his son, footballer George Best pictured at his home in Belfast. October 2005

Richard (Dickie) Best with a picture of his son, footballer George Best pictured at his home in Belfast. October 2005

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George Best movie audition hopefuls - pictures from men who want to play the Manchester United legend in the Stephen Evans' film The Madness Of King George. Above: John Mullin

Fifty of our best Belfast men may have been rejected by a top movie producer for not being good-looking enough to play the legendary George Best - but we have 40 more!

The Belfast Telegraph today asks Oscar-winning film producer Stephen Evans to look again at a series of new hopefuls who believe that they have what it takes to play the most charismatic footballer in the world in a new movie.

The Belfast boy stunned the world with his footballing talent for Manchester United and Northern Ireland, inspiring love and devotion in a legion of fans.

And now a Northern Ireland man could have a chance of playing his hero in the forthcoming biopic of George's life.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed this week how the producer claimed that he failed to find his star after auditioning 50 young men in the footballer's home town recently.

The man behind The Madness Of King George said that he couldn't find anyone good-looking enough to portray Bestie.

He threw down the gauntlet to the men of Northern Ireland.

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And readers responded to the challenge with dozens of pictures sent into the Belfast Telegraph from those looking to audition for the prized role.

The photographs represented all ages and all aspects of the visual appearance of the striker, who dazzled men on the pitch and many a woman off it.

Mothers, grandfathers, girlfriends and opportunistic friends emailed us interested to get Mr Evans' contact details for the one-in-a-million chance of fame and fortune.

He is looking for several potential George Bests - from the age of 15 when he left home to play for Manchester United, and later as a young player in his twenties.

He told the Daily Mail: "I've looked at 50 youngsters in Belfast, but can't find anyone good-looking enough.

"I have a wonderful lad playing the goalie Ronnie Briggs, who shared digs with Best when he first came to Manchester United, and I am afraid he might overshadow Best."

The producer added he was after a "good-looking, spindly, cheeky-chappy".

Some of those who contacted us believe that they either have the looks, the football skills or the acting skills - and some all of the three - to play Bestie in his heyday.

Calum Bryers (17) from east Belfast attends Grosvenor Grammar School - just like George did for some time.

Even better, the student has also played for the Northern Ireland U15 and U18 teams.

"Some of my mates have said that I look a bit like George Best but they might have been joking," said the Chelsea fan.

Proud mum Emma-Louise Potter from Carryduff contacted us on behalf of her handsome 15-year-old, David.

The Belfast lad certainly has the football skills as he played for Cregagh Wanderers - just like George - and was voted Clubman of the Year by his team Hillsborough Boys.

His grandfather, lifelong Belfast Telegraph reader Valentine Potter, had a double-take when he saw our recent story as he thought it was his grandson looking out at him.

Jonny Sykes (24) from Belfast has Northern Ireland football in his DNA - his grandfather was Alex Sykes, who won an international cap in 1963.

His mum Allison believes that her modest son has what it takes.

"When I told him that I sent his picture into the Telegraph he just laughed at me, but we really would love to have Mr Evans' contact details," she added.

James Galloghly (30) from Camlough, Co Armagh, is an aspiring actor and model who's also very handy on the pitch as he plays for Camlough Rovers.

John Mullin (33) from Omagh, but now living in England, says his girlfriend swears he looks like George Best when he smiles.

The former frontman of Northern Ireland band The Basement thinks that his father looked more like George than he does.

Part-time gardener and drama student Robbie Martin (24) from Greenisland, Co Antrim, said that a chance to play George Best would be "unbelievable".

"He was one of the best and I love watching him play on videos from the era," he added.

Daniel Hodge (19) from south Belfast feels that he would be able to bring "the maverick" side of George Best to life on the big screen.

"I have been told by friends that I look a bit like him, but I beg to differ."

So, Stephen Evans, contact us - we just might have found the next George Best for you.

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