Even with my limited Thai, I've met a few interesting characters -- some genuinely nice, others kinda creepy.
Philip Golingai, Bangkok-based reporter for The Star in Malaysia, recently met a one such interesting character, and he seems genuinely nice.
Here's an excerpt from his latest Thai Takes column:
Poo is not your typical Thai taxi driver. He is a 60-year-old faded actor and director who drives a taxi to make a decent living ...
The last time Poo, whose real name is Chaikorn Chitcha-uw, acted or directed was about 10 years ago. In his prime, he was cast mostly as a bad guy (because of his fierce beard).
He had appeared in about 30 movies as well as directed a movie and a TV series called Mr. Joke (Thailand’s Mr. Bean).
Asked why he quit acting and directing, Poo, whose stage name is Robert, after his favourite actor Robert De Niro, said: “I’m an old man.
Read the whole story. Hopefully Robert Poo will make a comeback.