When an actor makes a movie that's a labor of love, it usually involves stepping down from the cushion that Hollywood movies provide and getting dirty.
Inspired by his eternal love of hockey and his father's personal connection to the sport, Jay Baruchel partnered with Superbad writer Evan Goldberg to pen Goon, a sports dramedy that focuses the spotlight on one of the sports lesser known positions. Based on the memoir Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, Goon follows Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott), a bouncer recruited by a minor league hockey team to play Enforcer — a role that's essentially a "bouncer" on ice. Doug hits and hits hard, and his ability to crush his opponents in a fury of fisticuffs launches him into the big leagues. Baruchel grew up adoring hockey "goons," and the film is a love letter to the position, the sport and to his home country of Canada.
I sat down with Baruchel, Scott and actor Liev Schreiber to discuss Goon, picking their brains on what it takes to become a true hockey fighter? For Schrieber, it was five weeks of training, a very technical process in order to maximize the reality. For Baruchel and Scott…well, they come from the "punk rock" school of thought — which had the duo bathing one another and dipping inappropriate body parts into peanut butter. That's where the "dirty" part comes in.
See for yourself and check out Goon, which hits theaters March 30:
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Jay Baruchel & Seann William Scott