Ronnie O’Sullivan admits charismatic System One legend Ayrton Senna stays an inspiration. The Rocket is bidding to equal Scot Stephen Hendry’s file of seven world titles on the Betfred World Championship in Sheffield.
O’Sullivan, 46, has regained the world No1 spot for a fifth time in his illustrious 30-year profession – and has efficiently negotiated the primary spherical on the Crucible. However in addition to plotting his option to one other triumph on the blue-riband occasion O’Sullivan is being adopted round by a movie crew making a Netflix-style access-all-areas documentary about his life.
And he hopes the top end result shall be nearly as good because the BAFTA-winning film in regards to the good Brazilian three-time world champion – who tragically misplaced his life in a crash at Imola in 1994. O’Sullivan mentioned: “I’ve watched just a few sports activities documentaries myself, and I just like the Ayrton Senna one, that’s one in every of my favourites.
“It relies upon when you purchase into the character and Ayrton Senna…I beloved him. It was extra about his human aspect. The racing is what all of us knew him for, however if you heard what he was like as an individual, plus the way in which he drove the automobile, it was simply unimaginable. It was inspiring to look at the Senna movie.
“He would have had an aura about him as a person thinker and a really pushed man – very targeted on being one of the best. He was fairly intimidating for the fellows who have been up in opposition to him. I believe Michael Schumacher got here throughout a bit like that in his documentary.
“Miki Hakkinen mentioned to him: ‘Michael, why you do that, we’re going to kill one another,’ and Schumacher simply checked out him as if to say ‘what are you speaking about?’. That’s as a result of he was scary, and Senna was a bit like that. And in snooker Stephen Hendry was like that.
“They’re simply born winners. I’m not fairly like that, however a bit completely different. I’m a bit extra inventive in the way in which I’m going about it. I’m extra like if I play properly, I’m actually pleased with that, if I get a end result, then that may be a bonus. However I count on to get a end result if I play properly.
“I have a look at it extra that manner than considering I don’t care how I play, so long as I get the W. I might by no means actually get pleasure from taking part in s**t and profitable. So in that manner we’re very completely different characters and it’s fairly bizarre how I’m drawn in the direction of somebody who’s the other to me.”
The documentary staff are on the Crucible having additionally been on the Masters and the Tour Championship earlier within the season. And O’Sullivan says there may be nothing they can not movie. He added: “I informed them you’ve got received as a lot entry as you want. I mentioned, you may come wherever you want.
“If we’ll do it let’s do it bloody good, as a result of persons are going to look at this and I do not need them to be short-changed. There’s going to be bits that they are not going to see with different sports activities individuals. Allow them to see the stress, the stress, the great and not-so-good, what it is prefer to reside that life.”