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Great Rivalries: Alex Higgins v Steve Davis

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Different cloth: Alex Higgins smoking a cigarette during his 1983 World Championship semi-final defeat to rival Steve Davis. Photo by Adrian Murrell/Getty Images

Different cloth: Alex Higgins smoking a cigarette during his 1983 World Championship semi-final defeat to rival Steve Davis. Photo by Adrian Murrell/Getty Images

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Different cloth: Alex Higgins smoking a cigarette during his 1983 World Championship semi-final defeat to rival Steve Davis. Photo by Adrian Murrell/Getty Images

When they were deciding to make a movie about Alex Higgins, the makers soon realised a vital tenet of faith while adapting scripted drama from the real thing.

Thus, while they could easily have made a story just about Higgins, it was an even better story when they decided to make it about Higgins and Steve Davis.

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Snooker champion Steve Davis. Photo by Central Press/Getty Images

Snooker champion Steve Davis. Photo by Central Press/Getty Images

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Snooker champion Steve Davis. Photo by Central Press/Getty Images

Darkness and light. Night and day. And, aptly, black and white. A nemesis. A foil. All shadows are evidence of light. And all sportspeople must have… a rival. Because for every winner, there must be a loser. This is the unscripted magic of sport.