A camera crew has been following his every move at the Crucible in what will undoubtedly be an eagerly anticipated documentary on one of the sporting world’s most entertaining and controversial figures.
The six-time champion booked his place in the final of the World’s defeating John Higgins 17–11, becoming the oldest finalist since Ray Reardon in 1982.
‘The Rocket’ now faces Judd Trump in pursuit of his seventh world championship, with his last Crucible win coming in 2020. Producers and fans will be praying he can land the title during filming.
All access on O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan has granted all access to producers saying ‘You’ve got as much access as you need. If we’re going to do it let’s do it bloody good.’
O’Sullivan wants his documentary to be like that of his hero — Brazilian F1 legend Ayrton Senna. 2010 critically acclaimed movie ‘Senna’ won multiple awards in the ‘Best Documentary’ and ‘Best Editing’ categories.
O’Sullivan added ‘It was quite inspiring to watch the Senna film. It was more about his human side. He was very focused on being the best. A born winner. I am not like that. I am more artistic.”
Ronnie O’Sullivan has just revealed on Eurosport he is mic’d up for his Netflix documentary and has been whilst playing throughout the tournament!— SnookerInfo (@SnookerInfo147) April 30, 2022
That will be a fascinating insight when that is released.
“We are very different characters so it’s quite weird how I am drawn towards someone who is the opposite of me, but I loved him,”
No pressure felt by Ronnie
Most people could be forgiven for being nervous about being monitored 24/7 while bidding for a World Championship in their profession. However, in the true O’Sullivan style, he insists there is no pressure.
O’Sullivan claimed ‘If I’m going to get bombed out in the first round, I couldn’t give a monkeys.
‘The documentary isn’t about me trying to win a world title. If it happens, great. If not they’ll have to put up with a first-round exit. They’re the business guys behind it, I’m just an actor.
‘The reason I’m doing it is because of everything I’ve done in my past. It’s a chance for people to watch someone they’ve followed for years.
‘Let them see the pressure, the stress, the good and the not-so-good.’
O’Sullivan has won six of his seven finals and will now look to emulate Scot Stephen Hendry’s haul of world titles.
However, O’Sullivan insists he is not motivated by equalling the record and is not concerned with the comparisons.
Ronnie O'Sullivan is into the final of the Betfred World Snooker Championship.— Betfred (@Betfred) April 30, 2022
He'll face Judd Trump as The Rocket chases his record-equalling seventh title.#ilovesnooker @wearewst pic.twitter.com/2CY7ksadvW
“Seven, eight, nine, ten, they are just numbers to me,”
“If people want to talk about it, great, but I am just enjoying my life. Snooker is the least important thing in my life.
“I don’t get tied into all these records and stuff. Life first, snooker after.”
World Championship Final
O’Sullivan and Trump will contest the final in a best of thirty-five frames.
The final takes place over four sessions on Sunday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2.
The first session starts at 2.30pm on Sunday, with an evening session at 7pm.
The same schedule will be followed on Monday.