Shane Warne Was Snubbed For A Role In 'Peaky Blinders' Because Of His Bright White Veneers
Shane Warne loved donning a classic flat cap throughout his commentary career, but who knew he actually fancied himself as a genuine Peaky Blinder?
Well, according to one brilliant story from a close friend, the cricketing icon actually reached out to the producers of the popular television show in search of a cheeky role.
But unfortunately for Warnie, he got rejected - and he has his shiny white veneers to thank for it.
And to all you legends from Oz @ThePeakyBlinder !!!!!!! https://t.co/8ugBQiTS5j pic.twitter.com/HjbK7rLNr0- Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
During Warne's emotional and beautiful memorial service at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, his good pal and former St Kilda star Aaron Hamill recalled a golden story about the 'King of Spin'.
We've all heard various yarns about Warne's on-field antics, whether it be moments of magic with the ball-in-hand or some quick-witted sledging, but this story touched on Warne's love for Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders.
"He was committed, but it is horrendous," Hamill said of the driver's cap Warne used to wear during broadcasts.
What a fun story. Shane Warne wanted to be in Peaky Blinders and even emailed the show's producer! pic.twitter.com/GcdziUQp0d- Roha Nadeem (@RohaNadym) March 30, 2022
"His great brother Jason, we had a good chuckle about it. There is not too many that could get away with it, let's be honest.
"At Fox he sort of rocked it and thought he was pretty cool and donned it.
"But he didn't stop there with it. He would ring and say, 'Mate, I have got this great idea.'
"He said, 'I've just sent off this email to the producers of Peaky Blinders' because he was a binge Netflix watcher. He loved it. He was T'd up to be on Suits at one stage.
"But he certainly didn't stop there. So he sent this email. As he does he can hunt numbers up in his own way.
"He got the email of the producer and off he sent the email, 'look I'd love to be part of your show. I'm a keen viewer.'
"He did all that and he rang and said,'Mate I got the email back'. 'I said can you read it out to me please because I'm intrigued.'
"It read, 'Dear Shane thanks very much. We love your enthusiasm, but unfortunately porcelain veneers weren't around in Birmingham in 1931. But we love your support so thanks very much.'
Shane... Shelby? @ShaneWarne is keen for start on @ThePeakyBlinder. Season 6 cameo? :joy: #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/6Q0HWSFJPm- Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 7, 2021
"But that's what he was like. He was ambitious. He was driven and he wouldn't take no for an answer."
What an absolute legend.
Rest In Peace, Shane.
Featured Image Credit: Alamy/BBC/Twitter/Shane Warne
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