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    I just finished watching Ichiro kill a man on a Japanese TV crime drama. He played himself, returning from America and going to a hotel, where his older brother happens to be working. It turns out the brother is being blackmailed, something about an incriminating picture, and has made several cash payments to a shady figure. Ichiro agrees to help him make one final 10 million yen payment, and meets the blackmailer. But instead of paying, he kills the guy! First he signs an autograph ball for him, then suddenly gets him in a choke hold, taunts him a while, then makes him swallow poison. Then he calmly wipes off any prints that might have been left and walks away, with the dead guy sitting their foaming at the mouth. He's a pretty good actor... comes off as a convincing evil tough guy. But I can't believe he played that role. Has a sports celebrity ever done a part like that on American TV?
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    I remember reading a while back that he would be doing something like this. Sounds pretty cool, I wish I could see it.

    No, I dont remember any sports celebrity doing this here in America. And definately not playing himself rather than a character.
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    • #3
      Yeah, it was the fact that he played himself as a villain that was really amazing. The star of the show explained that originally they were going to have Ichiro play a character, but he said he'd rather just play himself. Guess he wanted to push the envelope and do something unusual. I wonder if it will hurt or help his value for endorsements. (He does a ton of them in Japan.)
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      • #4
        i hope he got his prints off the man's throat

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        • #5
          I was thinking, if he wanted to get away with it, he'd better take the autographed baseball away with him!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by VTSoxFan
            I was thinking, if he wanted to get away with it, he'd better take the autographed baseball away with him!
            funny - coming to CSI or Law & Order in late 2006!

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            • #7
              hahaha lolol...where did you see this????...i would have liekd to watch it...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by mac195
                I just finished watching Ichiro kill a man on a Japanese TV crime drama. He played himself, returning from America and going to a hotel, where his older brother happens to be working. It turns out the brother is being blackmailed, something about an incriminating picture, and has made several cash payments to a shady figure. Ichiro agrees to help him make one final 10 million yen payment, and meets the blackmailer. But instead of paying, he kills the guy! First he signs an autograph ball for him, then suddenly gets him in a choke hold, taunts him a while, then makes him swallow poison. Then he calmly wipes off any prints that might have been left and walks away, with the dead guy sitting their foaming at the mouth.
                Was the guy Steinbrenner?

                <He's a pretty good actor... comes off as a convincing evil tough guy. But I can't believe he played that role. Has a sports celebrity ever done a part like that on American TV?>

                Other than Steinbrenner, or Ray Lewis?
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                • #9
                  I'm not sure about tv, but a lot of boxers have been used as heavies in movies throughout the years. 30's title challenger Tony Galento was in several pictures, most notably On the Waterfront. And Archie Moore mixed it up as a bad guy in one of the James Bond movies.
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                  • #10
                    baseball too:

                    http://www.imdb.com/Find?select=Bios...aseball+player

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BasEbaLlKnoItAll
                      I remember reading a while back that he would be doing something like this. Sounds pretty cool, I wish I could see it.

                      No, I dont remember any sports celebrity doing this here in America. And definately not playing himself rather than a character.
                      Didn't OJ play a bad guy on TV?


                      I think Howie Long played a bad guy in Broken Arrow...... I tried to forget about that movie but it didn't work.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bench 5
                        Didn't OJ play a bad guy on TV?


                        I think Howie Long played a bad guy in Broken Arrow...... I tried to forget about that movie but it didn't work.
                        So did John Woo.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose
                          So did John Woo.
                          But what woman did John Woo?
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                          • #14
                            Jim Bouton played a bad guy in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1975)
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mac195
                              Yeah, it was the fact that he played himself as a villain that was really amazing. The star of the show explained that originally they were going to have Ichiro play a character, but he said he'd rather just play himself. Guess he wanted to push the envelope and do something unusual. I wonder if it will hurt or help his value for endorsements. (He does a ton of them in Japan.)
                              I was in Japan in the spring and saw Matsui's face anywhere and everywhere...didn't see Ichiro even once. Was this just an aberration, or is Matsui way more popular in Japan now?
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