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Posted on 12/06/2008 10:04:05 AM PST by clifcrds
Vinnie Jones gets into bar fight over role in X-Men
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, (AFP) - - British football star turned tough-guy Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones was hospitalized and arrested after he got into a bar fight over his role in the film X-Men.
Jones took offense when one of the men identified as Juggernaut from "X-Men: The Last Stand" which he apparently took as a slight against his more significant roles.
"He started pushing my other friends around," said Juan Barrera, 24, who sat nearby while his roommates played pool.
"He said he's been in so many other movies or whatever."
Police said Jones charged at a local patron, 24-year-old Jesse Bickett, who then hit Jones in the face with a beer glass.
His face bloodied, Jones was walking to the restroom to clean up when he saw Barrera and punched him in the face, Barrera told AFP.
Barrera said he hit Jones once or twice in the face before bar staff kicked him out.
Jones was treated for facial injuries at a local hospital where was arrested for misdemeanor assault early Friday morning, police said.
Formal charges have not been filed, and no court date has been set.
Police charged Bickett with felony aggravated assault, but his mother says it was self-defense.
"He's got major hospital bills hanging over his head," Deb Bickett said. "He (Jones) doesn't want to run into me."
After a football career in which he developed a brutal "hard man" reputation, Jones debuted as an actor in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." His other film credits include "Snatch" and "Gone in Sixty Seconds."
His manager said Jones was vacationing in the area but declined to comment on the brawl.
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So how did Jones wind up in Sioux Falls anyways? It’s not exactly a hang out for Hollywood types.
"It's been emotional"
Vinnie Jones is a solid conservative. Don’t know why he blew his top over a minor slight but the press is certainly not looking to do him any favors.
He wants to be a Tory MP? Ha Ha Ha! I suppose it would be amusing to watch him try and deck Gordon Brown for daring to offer a different opinion. But he is a thug, he only knows how to argue with his fists. His idea of a verbally disagreeing with someone is merely threatening to batter someone, as opposed to actually doing it....
I don’t blame him...X-Men: Out of the Closet, or whatever it was called (there are so many gay overtones to the X-Men films, thanks to its homo creator Bryan Singer), was a horrible movie.
Turns out Vinnie is just semi-tough. As the old saying goes, "There ain't a horse that can't be rode, nor a man that can't be throwed."
FYI...Sioux Falls is NOT a small town, but the largest city in South Dakota with about 150,000 people. Obviously the article’s author hasn’t ventured into American’s heartland where small towns are those with 100 inhabitants or less.
Remember, no matter how tough you are, if you look for trouble you will find someone tougher.
It’s pretty bad when your own manager doesn’t know why you are where you are.
“Something like this happened in Ricky Gervais’s comedy series Extras, except there, Vinny Jones was the tough guy and Gervais was in horror that Jones would mess him up over some comment attributed to him.”
As I remember it, Ricky had allied himself to some B-level action star resembling a chubby Bruce Willis. Ricky’s friend claimed to be “special forces,” and said he could kick Vinnie Jones’ ass. Ironically, given this story’s events, he crumbled when face to face with Jones, who turned out to be the “real” tough guy.