Tuesday, 26 February 2013

ON HIS MIND: Yohan Blake would love to have dinner with Oprah – and do some acting

GREEN DAY: Blake dishes on kids, cinema, and his philosophy.

He earned his popular sobriquet ‘The Beast’ on account of his incredible work ethic and hefty appetite for victory. But, as it turns out, Yohan Blake also has a surprising taste for the cinematic life. In an interview earlier this week with W-TheJournal (all about high-end watches), the Richard Mille brand ambassador confessed that if he had to pack up and immediately drop everything, “I would become a cricketer or an actor.” 

While the sprint star didn’t offer any details about the type of films (or plays) he would specialize in, he apparently has a thing for laugh-out-loud comedy, as he reveals that his ideal dinner guests would have to include the likes of legendary funnyman Jim Carrey, singer Alicia Keys, and talk-show maven Oprah Winfrey. 

What else is trending is Blake’s universe: He says he can always spare 10 minutes “for kids, because they are the future” and, given his hectic training schedule, he stresses, “I never have time for partying.” Among his admitted weaknesses? “I can’t say ‘No’.” 

Still, the 23-year-old St. Jago alum emphasizes that he’s a firm believer in reaping success from good, old-fashioned hard work. “I do not have a motto. I have dreams and philosophies,” Blake says. “My dream is to be more than a legend and my philosophy is ‘The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.’ I believe in hard work and commitment.” 

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