Wed. Dec 2nd, 2020


Newry actor and co-creator of the ‘Banter Show’ Tony ‘Riser’ Smith has landed the role of a lifetime by being cast as ‘Ming The Merciless’ by Columbia Pictures in Los Angles we can reveal.

Columbia announced today that Tony will play the lead role as Ming in the remake of Flash Gordon.

Ming originally portrayed by Charles Middleton bears a remarkable resemblance to the Newry man said Steven Spielberg who is directing the film:

“The resemblance is there, we already know Tony loves to be in front of the camera so we thought we would take him over for a casting and he impressed me immediately by his Fu Manchu appearance.”

We spoke with an obviously delighted Tony Smith today and he eloquently told us:

“Ha haaaa RISER friends.”

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