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How golf helped Zeta land big role

Oct 29 2004

Darren Devine, Western Mail

 

YOU'VE heard of actresses landing roles from their "performance" on the casting couch, but Catherine Zeta-Jones has revealed she landed one of her biggest parts because of her ability on the golf course.

It may have been described as a great way to ruin a lovely walk, but golf is a game that is beloved by businessman, sportsman and celebrities alike.

Now some of the most famous stars of stage and screen have spoken of their thoughts on the game for the latest edition of Golf Pages.

Zeta-Jones says she landed a starring role in the blockbuster Entrapment by telling Sean Connery she is as impressive on the golf course as she is in front of the cameras.

And the Swansea-born star admits she releases her frustrations by swearing like a "Welsh trucker" if she misses the fairway and ends up in the bunker or the rough.

The actress reveals the sport has proved more useful to her than as a mere leisurely pastime between big roles.

Trying to persuade Sean Connery that she'd make his perfect co-star in Entrapment she told him, "I play golf."

Connery replied, "That's it kid, you got the job."

Golf Pages claims the "fairways are packed with more celebs than a rehab session at the Priory."

Hugh Grant, who used to play football, is another of the game's newest converts.

Grant, who has a handicap of seven, is embarrassed to admit he now thinks of nothing else but getting out onto the fairway.

"I used to read books on all kinds of topics but now I only read about golf."

But Colin Leonard, treasurer of Padeswood and Buckley golf club, in Flintshire, said though celebrities may be turning to the sport in increasing numbers it has always been popular with the stars.

"A lot of clubs organise what they call celebrity-ams, whereby a celebrity, rather than a professional, will play with a group of amateurs," Mr Leonard said.

"They are very popular. It's an increasing thing, but probably not a new thing.

"People like Bruce Forsythe, Terry Wogan and Jimmy Tarbuck are all big golfers. They probably work at night so they have got the time to do it during the day."

Former Welsh international footballer and lifelong golfing enthusiast Dean Saunders said the game is hugely popular among soccer professionals.

Now a coach with Blackburn Rovers Saunders said, "You get the bug - it grabs hold of you."

Saunders, 40, who is planning to build a golf course on the Great Orme, Llandudno, said, "You hit one good shot and you forget all the bad ones then.

"It's a great game of patience and you play in some great settings as well, so some people just enjoy the walk."

Golf fanatic Celine Dion has had a private 18-hole course created at her home in Canada. "Golf is an art like singing," she says.

Steve Muncey, editor of Golf Pages, thinks that one of the main reasons for golf becoming the top celebrity sport is the new breed of professional players who have brought style to the fairways.

"They have turned the spotlight on golf as an ideal game for the international A-list who are not merely fans of the sport but are fast becoming fanatics."

 
 

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