It's Rugby World Cup 2011 and who better to quiz than David Brooke, the ultimate sports fan, who has made a career out of doing what he loves best as Commercial Manager at Sport24, the biggest sports website in South Africa, Expresso's Sports Guy and an up-and-coming MC. Weekends are dedicated to "research", but Brooke is a family man first and foremost. In his free time, he hits the road as an aspiring half-marathon runner.
David discovered his love for sport and media under the tutelage of the one-and-only Dan Nicholl at UCT. Nicholl imparted his wisdom, in-between trips to the vending machine at iafrica.com and David only really fully realised his dream after doing manual live scoring on a Canada vs. Bangladesh one-day international. After a stint of working on the Big Brother reality TV show in London, Brooke returned to South Africa to start working as Commercial Manager at Sport24 - now making regular trips to the coffee shop for Tank Lanning.
More recently he's become a "Sports Guy", presenting the weekend sports wrap every Monday morning with Liezel van der Westhuizen on live SABC 3 TV show, Expresso. When he's not visiting famous sports stadiums like Old Trafford, Lord's Cricket Ground, the Maracana or Ajax Amsterdam Arena - you can catch him on his blog, Brooke's Belters or follow him on Twitter @BrookeBack13. Right now - his sporting Top Ten Movies...
"Despite my manly sporting persona, I am in touch with my emotions..."
I can't watch movies without...
- ...popcorn, it’s just not right. The only problem is that I always finish the popcorn before the actual movie starts so I make sure I have some wine gums as a back-up to keep my stamina up for the duration of the movie. Oh, and the lights must be off, it’s just not right to keep the lights on when watching movies. Also, if I’m watching at home, I need something to put my feet up on. I love putting my feet up during movie time, although it has got me into trouble a couple of times at the cinema.
Which famous people share your birthday?
- The lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger was born on June 29 – we have a similar toned physique but she has done a lot better for herself than I have. Actor Gary Busey was also born on the same day as me but hopefully that’s the only thing we have in common as he’s had quite a colourful life, with regular visits to both the hospital and jail. (29 June)
What is the first film you remember watching?
- It was either my 6th or 7th birthday and E.T. was finally showing in South Africa. My mom took some of my friends and me to the Labia in Cape Town to watch it. I remember thinking that the Labia held about 5000 people, it seemed massive. I was horrified when I found out later on in life that it only held a couple of hundred people. Anyways, we had party packets, of which I smashed about 4 and I don’t think I blinked once during the movie whilst I ruined my teeth on 12 fizzers. I knew even then that Drew Barrymore was going to be a belter… Those were the days when you could get popcorn, slush and a movie for about R10.
What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
- I have only ever walked out of one movie, and that was the "masterpiece" called Sugar & Spice. I honestly don’t know why I was even in a cinema watching that movie in the first place, it must have been to impress a girl, but I was out of there faster than Usain Bolt and soon hitting the St. Elmos sliceaway. Recently, Sex and the City 2 was pretty bad, they should have stopped after the first one…they were seriously clutching at straws.
Which movies have made you tearful?
- Despite my manly sporting persona, I am in touch with my emotions at times and the movie August Rush was one of those movies that just pulled at the heart strings. The storyline was just brilliant and for a kid to pull off an acting performance like that, was just phenomenal – cracking movie – one for the DVD collection.
Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?
- Didn’t Herschelle Gibbs star in a Bollywood movie? Tough one this, it would have to be Kira Soltanovich, an American actress who was down for the Cape Town Comedy Festival a couple of years ago. I know, it’s not much, but despite living in London for a year, the closest I got to a famous actor was at Madame Tussauds.
What's your favourite movie line?
- "F*ck you Van Wilder.”
Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?
- Shrek, because he’s fat but loveable, just like me.
If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?
- It would definitely be about sport, but maybe about a sports team actually losing at the end of the movie, instead of winning. Don’t worry, I’ll still keep the traditional Hollywood ending with the main star kissing the plain Jane who has been in love with him all of his life and stuck with him through the good and bad times whilst his blonde cheerleader went off with the vice captain after he got injured and was no longer the main man.
Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...
- Any Given Sunday ...unbelievable movie, Al Pacino was immense and even though I’m not a fan of American football, it gave a real glimpse into the extreme lifestyle of sportsmen with tons of money and the cutthroat business side of professional sport.
- Van Wilder ...funniest movie I have ever seen, it’s one of those movies I can watch over and over again. Ryan Reynolds suited that role down to a T and he’s got to be one of the most under-rated actors around.
- August Rush ...I remember watching it one morning at home with my fiancé and she kept on looking at me to see if I was crying yet (she had obviously seen this movie before). Absolutely fantastic viewing. I was a wreck afterwards. I couldn’t watch sport for at least 4 hours.
- Ace Ventura ...Jim Carey has got to be one of the biggest comedic geniuses of our times and the first Ace Ventura movie is arguably one of the funniest, yet strangest movies of all time.
- Jerry Maguire ...being involved in the commercial side of sport as my career, this movie was of particular interest to me, it’s a classic, that’s for sure.
- Remember the Titans ...reminding us that sport has the ability to unite. Denzel Washington was brilliant in this movie.
- Rocky ...before Sly’s numerous plastic surgery operations, he said ‘Aaaadrian’ like no other man can. Even though I have watched every Rocky movie since, I still believe that it’s difficult to emulate the first one.
- The Legend of Bagger Vance ...Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron - enough said
- Radio ...one of those movies which didn’t hit the big time but really should’ve. Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr. made a fantastic combination.
- The Pursuit of Happyness ...I am a big Will Smith fan and he was just spectacular in this movie - very emotional.
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CREDIT ROLL: Photography - Casey Crafford | Venue - Newlands Rugby Stadium (WP Rugby)