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The Proust Questionnaire: Daniel Negreanu
As part of a new Sunday Interview series here on PokerListings.com we'll be posting a variety of back-and-forths with your favorite pros.
Sometimes a straight-up Q&A, sometimes a game of 20 questions, sometimes rapid-fire word association, sometimes a longer email conversation ... whatever the format the goal is the same -- to offer new insight into the personalities of your poker heros.
Kicking things off is perhaps the most prominent poker pro in the word today -- Daniel Negreanu.
Negreanu sat down with our colleague at PokerListings France, Fred Guillemot, for a round with the Proust Questionnaire at the recent WSOPE in Cannes.
(If you're not sure what the Proust Questionnaire is, check it out here.)
PokerListings: If you were an animal, what would you be?
Daniel Negreanu: A horse.
PL: If you were a country?
PL: If you were a city...
PL: If you were a poker tournament...
DN: I would be the 50k 8-game mix Players Championship at the World Series.
PL: If you were a card...
DN: The Jack of Diamonds.
PL: If you were another famous man or woman...
DN: I would be Bob Marley.
PL: If you were a color...
PL: If you were a movie...
DN: I would say Good Will Hunting.
PL: If you were a sport...
DN: Ice hockey.
PL: If you weren't a poker player, what job would you like to have?
DN: I would like to be an actor/movie director.
PL: Who's your favorite fictional character?
DN: Let's see... Tyler Durden, from the movie Fight Club.
PL: A man or woman you'd like to see on a new banknote?
DN: I would put... Who would I put on a new banknote ? I'd put... Lady Di.
PL: The song you like the most?
DN: Redemption Song by Bob Marley.
PL: The sound you like the most?
DN: The ocean.
PL: The sound you dislike the most?
DN: (makes the sound of an annoying buzzer)
PL: What's your favourite quality in a man?
PL: And for a woman?
DN: Genuine heart.
PL: What's your main fault?
DN: I speak before I think.
PL: The fault for which you have the most tolerance?
DN: Ambitious foolishness. People who are ambitious but sometimes do stupid things.
PL: The word you like the most?
DN: The word I like the most? It starts with a C, I can't say it though. (laughs)
Maybe genius... No, that's not it. Oh! Innit... you know, innit, like the english say it.
PL: What's the word you dislike the most?
DN: Hmmm... Interesting. I can't think of one, let me see...
(Daniel has to go to the bathroom. Then, once back…)
I've got it! It's "standard deviation."
PL: What's your favourite addiction, aside from poker?
PL: Which gift or superpower would you like to have?
DN: The gift to read minds.
PL: Ah, of course. But you already do!
DN: (laughs) Yeah. So... Being invisible.
PL: What do you hate the most?
DN: In general? I hate incompetence.
PL: If you could choose, how would you wish to die?
DN: How would I wish to die? Horizontal, with a lady on top of me, how's that? (laughs)
PL: If God exists, what would you like Him to tell you once you're dead?
DN: I'd ask him why he made the Bible so confusing, first of all. And second of all, I would hope that he would say that, at the core, everything I did was for the right reasons.
PL: And finally, what would you want to be reborn as?
DN: I would like to be reborn as a professional golfer.