Silver screen beckons for Daly

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - His turbulent life has already been played out in newspapers, magazines and television networks around the world but American golfer John Daly now wants to be the subject of a Hollywood movie.

The two-time major winner, whose success on the course has often been overshadowed by his antics off it, said he plans to write a book about his rollercoaster career and life.

Trimmed down after shedding 52 kilograms through weight loss surgery, Daly hopes the book will eventually be turned into a feature film and he has already picked the actors he wants to play the starring role.

He thinks 'King of Queens' actor Kevin James should play him before his weight loss while Matt Damon should play the new svelte Daly.

"I saw him (Damon) in The Legend of Bagger Vance, now if I could get him to take the club back further, he'd be perfect," Daly told reporters on Tuesday before preparing for the Australian PGA championship, starting Thursday.

"The problem is who is going to play all my ex-wives?"

Daly has struggled to keep his golfing career on course as he battled alcoholism and gambling for years but the 43-year-old said he would not want the film to sugercoat his faults.

"It would just be my life," he said.

"It would just be the whole thing, the guts of it all."

(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Ian Ransom)