Dick, I think a point you are missing is that there have been a few pool movies with big stars, yet there is only one Fats. He's the only player that had sufficient combination of playing skills and genuine character qualities to parlay himself to icon status. Case in point -- even Ronnie Allen, as great a player and character that he is -- even though he adopted the 'Fast Eddie' nickname; clearly he never got any significant traction as a real celebrity outside of pool -- i.e. even he was unable to capitalize on his chosen movie character in any way shape or manner in comparison to Fats.Alfie,
Tell BeardBrain, that post I made, was no different then what myself and many other's (including his best bud, Danny D) have said all along. Fats was no better or lesser known, than any other high rolling pool hustler, he just did it better than most. Colorful character that he was, he always had a few thousand loyal (but broke) fans. Out of 300 million, thats hardly a household name.
I tried to put it in a way that EVEN Beardbrain might understand..But nooooo, he still wants to talk about all the hoopla, and TV appearances Fatty Made AFTER he became 'Minnesota Fats"
Fried-Brain Fred, is not even smart enough to realize that only gives MORE credibility to my take on the subject...Sorry...
..., bottom line, no movie, no national recognition for Fatty.
PS..Bicycle Willy, After you've been here a while, you will notice, that if I say white, he says black...I'm surprised he hasn't started kicking his Dachsie's and switched to a "lib lovin' Democrat"... as those were the ONLY two things we ever agreed on. Oh, and while we're at it, get him to tell you the origin of the "Weenie Beanie good, Detroit Whitey Bad" that you see bandied about here...Its very interesting..