Monday, March 23, 2009

Bangkok taxi driver: You talkin' to me?

Hail a Bangkok taxi, and you never know who will be behind the wheel.

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.

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