Matt Cooper and Dennis Rodman's North Korea trip to be made into a movie
Published 27/02/2014 | 08:31
Broadcaster Matt Cooper's face could be seen all over Hollywood, as his recent trip to North Korea with basketball star Dennis Rodman is going to be made into a movie by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Today FM presenter travelled to Pyongyang in January to attend a basketball game to celebrate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un's birthday.
Cork born Cooper, who was among 14,000 spectators to watch the game between a selection of ex-NBA stars and the North Korean national team, told the Herald that he's been overwhelmed by the attention the trip has garnered across the globe.
"I suppose the fact that Twentieth Century Fox are going to do a movie of what happened shows the level of interest in it. Apparently they've already signed up a director and scriptwriter," he said.
Cooper, who is making a documentary for a British production company about the birthday celebrations, knew he was being monitored.
Cooper said: "I met with the production guy who's editing the documentary in Dublin two weeks ago and the first thing he said to me was that I look 10 years younger.
"When we were there, everybody looked so anxious and so grey. In retrospect, it really puts it all in context -- realising what these people live through. For us going in, there was always a certain degree of anxiety and nervousness about stepping out of line."