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Ex-doorman Geoff bounces into movies; VIOLENCE IS NO LONGER FOR ME, SAYS POPULAR WRITER.

A POPULAR book chronicling the life of a Coventry doorman is being turned into a film.

Former city bouncer Geoff Thompson is following in the footsteps of soccer hardman Vinnie Jones by making a bid for big screen stardom.

Watch My Back is being put together for cinema by Mr Thompson and playwright Jim Cartwright with the aid of a pounds 30,000 European development award.

Mr Thompson said he had already written the script for the project, to be filmed in and around Coventry city centre.

He said: "Watch My Back is based on my life and taken from my bouncer series of books. It's about me being in a factory, depressed at my life.

"My biggest fear was violent confrontation and I felt the best way to tackle that was to become a doorman."

Mr Thompson said Watch My Back had sold more than 20,000 copies since it was first published seven years ago.

It had helped transform his life and he now renounced violence at every opportunity.

Mr Thompson said: "Since leaving the door, I have travelled around the world teaching self-preservation.

"My whole life is exciting now. It is really going well. It really came together when I realised that violence was wrong and started renouncing it.

"There is not a single part of my body that wants to hit anyone now. Violence is a sense of insecurity when communication has broken down."

Mr Thompson, who has written 30 books, is also involved in choreographing fighting scenes for the forthcoming West End play Hardfruit, based on the lives of two wrestlers dying from cancer.

He regularly writes for magazines and gives talks on how to avoid conflicts and on motivation and spirituality.

Mr Thompson, who lives in Binley, will be talking about his life at Waterstones Booksellers in Cathedral Lanes on November 18 at 7pm.
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Author:Taylor, Ernest
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 29, 1999
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