BY GREG CHISHOLM
Monday night the stars were out at the Scotiabank Theatre on Richmond St. in Toronto as the stars of the movie Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers debuted the sequel to their hit comedy at the world premiere.
Fans were thrilled to be at the premiere for the highly anticipated sequel to the Canadian hockey comedy classic. Attendees at the movie were treated to a red carpet and a free foam finger promoting the movie.
The crowd was eager for the movie to start. Canadian music legend Geddy Lee of the band Rush was in the crowd, enjoying the song “Working Man” as it was played over the in-house speaker system.
Writer, director and star of Goon 2 Jay Baruchel introduced the film to a full crowd at the beginning along with several cast members. Before the movie began, Baruchel addressed the crowd, thanking his mother for inspiring him to get to where he is today.
“My mother told me find something you love to do, then find a way to get paid for it” Baruchel recalled. This advice is what led him to finding a career in movies and television.
A welcome addition to the cast was Elisha Cuthbert, who worked as a child with Baruchel on the hit TV show Popular Mechanics for Kids. Cuthbert has a strong hockey connection as she is married to Ottawa Senators defenceman Dion Phaneuf.
The movie was littered with appearances from celebrities and hockey players making cameos in the film. NHL stars Tyler Seguin and Michael Del Zotto appeared as rival players.
Former NHL enforcers were in the film as well, including George Laraque, Colton Orr, Brandon Prust and former Princeton grad George Parros.
Also at the premiere was TSN hockey host, and star of the film James Duthie who was making his film debut, playing as a frustrated sports commentator working alongside the outspoken and uncensored Chad Bailey played by T.J. Miller.
[Clip: James Duthie’s first movie role and directing himself]
The film was filled was laughs, hits, fights and red lights. People who enjoyed the first movie will certainly enjoy the sequel. Not to mention all the surprise of guest stars in the movie from the hockey community and beyond were great and welcome additions to the already comical film.
Wyatt Russell, who plays the villain, talked about fighting in the movie and dealing with fake blood and his actual hockey career before he got into acting.
The movie was filled with jokes, some scripted but a lot were improved. Listen as the cast talks about improving lines and making up jokes for the actual movie.
Goon 2: The Last of the Enforcers hits theatres March 17.