In the week when the Oscars were announced and the 21st Hong Kong International Film Festival got under way, I would like to bring your attention to some great off-screen amateur acting throughout the territory. My first pick takes us to the exotic setting of my local underground station where a shabbily clothed man has been making a living out of pretending he is physically impaired. A couple of weeks ago, I saw this person hanging on for dear life to a walking frame that was resting precariously on the stairs leading to the station. Out of concern, I went over to see whether he needed some assistance but there was something unnatural about him that slowed my steps. It was his amazing posture. I cannot quite explain why, or in what way, Mr Walking Frame looked unnatural but no one who could not walk could have looked the way he did: he was leaning forward over his walking aid as if he was about to fall, but still standing perfectly steady and still. This man was frozen in the process of falling. How weird. I quickly walked away. When I saw the same man again a couple of days later , my suspicions were confirmed. Mr Walking Frame, could indeed, walk. That morning, he was spotted at the top of, and several hours later at the bottom of, the same staircase. One passer-by stopped and offered his help (and later his money) so this poor man could get home safely. The compassionate passer-by was not the only one either. I did not intervene because I feared Mr Walking Frame might run after me if I exposed his tricks. Not all amateur actors are crooks, of course. And like anywhere else in the world, many good non-professional performers tend to gather in the political arena. Which is logical. As prominent public figures, many (certainly not all) possess the charisma that can charm birds off the trees. Here are just some of the finest off-screen performers we have in the territory in recent times: Governor Chris Patten, who is well-known for his eloquence and persuasive style when delivering speeches and the Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa for his loving grandfatherly role. And property firm boss Leung Chun-ying who reassured us there was no conflict of interest between his latest appointment to head a taskforce on the territory's post-97 long-term housing strategy and his private business. Best supporting performances should go to all those who participated in the selection process of the chief executive late last year, while the honour of the best female performer, best costume and make-up should all go to the president of the provisional legislature, Rita Fan. I have little doubt these personalities all have their fans and admirers. But will their signatures fetch as much as those I have on my poster of The English Patient? At this point I would like to clarify that I am not the person who has been sneaking around stealing movie posters from MTR stations this week. I am proud to say this beautiful poster (now pinned to my bedroom wall) was given to me by a colleague who interviewed the artists in the film. On this poster are the autographs of the film's director Anthony Minghella, producer Saul Zaentz, and actress Juilette Binoche. All of them visited the territory to promote the film recently and all won an Oscar this week. I have just realised I am going to be rich. Given that locals have the habit of speculating on anything they can get their hands on these days - from stocks, shares and property to stamps, comics and hologram card cards, I believe there will be a huge market for my The English Patient poster. Perhaps I should place my poster under the hammer - it will go to the highest bidder. But wait - a psychologist from the Chinese University this week warned that it had became a social phenomenon that people from all walks of life enjoy engaging in speculation in areas such as property. He said the speculation would greatly undermine economic competitiveness if it was not curbed: 'Hong Kong's economy will grow in a very imbalanced way because most of the wealth comes from gambling.' He has a point. I cannot take the chance of ruining the local economy with my poster. It is, therefore, not for sale.