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Six degrees

Mark Peters

 

Russell Peters, the Indo-Canadian comedian who will soon be gracing the AsiaWorld-Expo stage on his worldwide Notorious Tour, uses his minority status and observations of human behaviour to poke fun at all nationalities and races, including his own. Peters (no relation to this author), who grew up in the suburbs of Toronto the son of traditional Indian parents, says his comedy is not intended to offend but to celebrate the diversity of cultures. He also appeared in the sci-fi techno-thriller movie Source Code, directed by Duncan Jones …

The son of rock legend David Bowie secretly married his girlfriend, photographer Rodene Ronquillo, on the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jones, who shaved his head in solidarity with his wife's battle, sang the praises of the prescription cannabis she used to ease herself through post-surgery treatment. Formerly known as Zowie Bowie, Jones was a cameraman at his father's televised 50th birthday celebrations, which were directed by music video artist Tim Pope …

Londoner Pope has directed more than 20 videos for British goth rockers The Cure, in the process becoming long-term friends with the band's lipstick-smeared lead singer, Robert Smith. The filmmaker even enjoyed a brief pop career himself when he collaborated with "Smiffy" on the single I Want to be a Tree, which reached a giddy No 173 in the British charts. Pope also produced the movie version of Giles Foden's The Last King of Scotland, the award-winning novel that focuses on the rise of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin …

Following his death in exile in 2003, human rights groups expressed disappointment that Amin never faced trial for his alleged war crimes, committed during his bloody eight-year reign. The former heavyweight boxing champion, accused of torture, cannibalism and murdering more than 300,000 people, was known for his bizarre behaviour and calculated insults. The self-appointed "Conqueror of the British Empire" once said he expected Queen Elizabeth to send him "her 25-year-old knickers" on the silver anniversary of her coronation. Amin was a minor character in the Ugandan-set novel Kahawa, penned by Donald E. Westlake …

The prolific Brooklyn-born author's "Parker" novels, written under the pseudonym Richard Stark, were cited by movie director Quentin Tarantino as inspiration for his cinematic debut, Reservoir Dogs. Despite Westlake's extensive literary influence, his writing career started from humble beginnings, when he collaborated on a series of soft-core pornographic paperbacks following his departure from the US Air Force. In 2001, his book What's the Worst that Could Happen? was turned into a movie featuring character actor and best friend of Jerry Seinfeld, Larry Miller …

Last April, the 58-year-old comedian nearly died from brain injuries when he tripped and hit the back of his head on a pavement outside a Californian radio studio. After two weeks in a coma, Miller was put on life support and kept in medically induced unconsciousness for a further month. Miller, who is expected to make a full recovery, has starred in more than 100 movies and appeared as Frankfurt Dickwalder in the rather lame Senior Skip Day, which also showcased the comedic talents of Russell Peters.

 

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