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British Actor Learns Reality The Hard Way
AFP ^ | December 6, 2008 | Josh Verges

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: actor; hollywood
This is why whatever comes from the mouth of someone in Hollywood is not taken seriously in "God Frearing/Gun Clinging" middle America . . . we know real life from reality. If you go looking for a fight here you won't get hit with a "hollywood prop" fake beer bottle and there won't be a soccer ref stepping in the middle of it to give someone a "yellow card".
1 posted on 12/06/2008 10:04:06 AM PST by clifcrds
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To: clifcrds

Uh.. Is this article a babelfish translation or what?


2 posted on 12/06/2008 10:06:16 AM PST by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: Smogger
Uh.. Is this article a babelfish translation or what?

I have to agree. This is one confusing article. Is the English language really that difficult for "professional" journalists to comprehend??

3 posted on 12/06/2008 10:09:51 AM PST by Antoninus II
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To: Smogger

slightly more coherent article here, with pics.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iUx0z-0VminPTCi-mLZWe-W2laJQD94TAVTO0


4 posted on 12/06/2008 10:11:53 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: clifcrds

About as coherent as Brad Pitt in “Snatch”


5 posted on 12/06/2008 10:12:50 AM PST by JZelle
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To: clifcrds
His manager said Jones was vacationing in the area but declined to comment on the brawl.

Vacationing in the Sioux Falls area of SD in December?
Whatever he's paying his travel agent/vacation planner it's way to much.
Unless of course he's hunting quail.

6 posted on 12/06/2008 10:14:23 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: clifcrds

Huh? Looks like he gave as good as he got.


7 posted on 12/06/2008 10:17:14 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Smogger

I was gonna say. I still don’t know what the heck happened other than that there was a fight and an arrest.


8 posted on 12/06/2008 10:23:55 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Antoninus II

Whew! I was thinking that I lost the ability to read and comprehend until the “babblefish” question.

Journalism is no longer a profession - it is a joke.


9 posted on 12/06/2008 10:24:04 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: clifcrds

He’s been arrested for violent offences many times in the past. He is a genuine bona-fide common or garden thug, who happens to have had two extremely lucrative ‘talents’ aside from his penchant for brawling and fighting.
Apparently, he hasn’t grown up in his 40 odd years of life, but you’d think he’d make some concessions to the fact that he is slowing down in his old age...


10 posted on 12/06/2008 10:28:06 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Antoninus II
Is the English language really that difficult for "professional" journalists to comprehend??

They tell a story the way an excited 4-year old might:

"Um...There was fight...and there was this guy...he was in a movie...and there was fight...and this other guy said Juggernaut...And then he went to the hospital...Oh. And this one guy? He got hit in the face? And you know what??? He got arrested!!!"

11 posted on 12/06/2008 10:29:13 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Smogger
Uh.. Is this article a babelfish translation or what?

lol...tried to read this three times to figure out what was going on. I'm glad it wasn't just me.

12 posted on 12/06/2008 10:30:36 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: clifcrds
British football star

Did he once play for one of the teams of the the old NFL Europe?

13 posted on 12/06/2008 10:38:45 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: clifcrds

Blueblood got his clock cleaned, American style.


14 posted on 12/06/2008 10:39:11 AM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Blueflag

“Jones’ manager, Alex Cole, said Jones was on vacation, but he didn’t know what the actor was doing in Sioux Falls.”

Getting his ass kicked apparently.


15 posted on 12/06/2008 10:41:17 AM PST by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: Antoninus II

AP articles always seem to me like a series of isolated facts jumbled together. It would do them good to read over what they have and do a little cutting and pasting.


16 posted on 12/06/2008 10:46:55 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Fiji Hill

He played soccer-football. Had a rep for being a dirty player.


17 posted on 12/06/2008 10:47:52 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Fiji Hill

“Did he once play for one of the teams of the the old NFL Europe?”

Yeah, the Redding Wankers.


18 posted on 12/06/2008 10:48:02 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: PLMerite

“Jones’ manager, Alex Cole, said Jones was on vacation, but he didn’t know what the actor was doing in Sioux Falls.”

Filming “Barfighter II: Badlands” with Vin Diesel and several other useless people.


19 posted on 12/06/2008 10:50:21 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: clifcrds
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.

Jones has this "hard man" reputation that started when he was a soccer player. After a while, that kind of reputation gets to be a burden.

20 posted on 12/06/2008 10:53:31 AM PST by x
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To: clifcrds

So how did Jones wind up in Sioux Falls anyways? It’s not exactly a hang out for Hollywood types.


21 posted on 12/06/2008 11:01:48 AM PST by csvset
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To: clifcrds

"It's been emotional"

22 posted on 12/06/2008 11:32:15 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: clifcrds

23 posted on 12/06/2008 11:43:04 AM PST by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a government check!")
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To: clifcrds

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.

http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/vinnie%20jones%20political%20aspirations_1007930


24 posted on 12/06/2008 11:44:51 AM PST by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a government check!")
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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....


25 posted on 12/06/2008 12:03:06 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: clifcrds

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.


26 posted on 12/06/2008 12:15:48 PM PST by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: clifcrds
British football star turned tough-guy Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones was hospitalized ...

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."

27 posted on 12/06/2008 12:19:37 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: clifcrds

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.


28 posted on 12/06/2008 12:25:38 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: clifcrds

Remember, no matter how tough you are, if you look for trouble you will find someone tougher.


29 posted on 12/06/2008 12:35:41 PM PST by Rumplemeyer
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To: Tublecane

It’s pretty bad when your own manager doesn’t know why you are where you are.


30 posted on 12/06/2008 12:44:12 PM PST by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: x

“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.


31 posted on 12/07/2008 2:39:30 AM PST by Tublecane
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