Canuck cult hockey film Goon is back, with Jay Baruchel at the helm
Directing has been a dream since childhood for Baruchel, who was raised in Montreal
Not many movies can be called a "hoser puck opera." But that's how Canadian actor Jay Baruchel is describing Goon: Last of the Enforcers.
The sequel, out later this month, marks Baruchel's directorial film debut and the return of the cult hockey classic he wrote and starred in six years ago. The story follows minor league hockey enforcer Doug Glatt (played by Seann William Scott) and his return to the ice following a string of concussions.
Baruchel is the key player though — in addition to directing the movie, he also wrote the script and has a starring role.
It's a milestone moment for the actor, who grew up in Montreal and has been in Hollywood blockbusters like How to Train Your Dragon and This is the End.
"It's all I ever wanted to do since I was a child, is to direct movies. I just can't believe I'm standing here right now," he told CBC News at the film's world premiere in Toronto on Monday.
"I think it went well. Canada has to tell me, has to decide if I did a good job or not," Baruchel said.
There's a good chance Goon fans will like what they see. The first movie was beloved for its bloody, brutal on-ice fight sequences and generated debate over the role of fighting in hockey.
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Goon was the top-grossing Canadian English-language feature film at theatres for 2012, earning more than $3 million at the Canadian box office and scoring Telefilm's Golden Box Office prize.
Co-star Elisha Cuthbert
The sequel sees Liev Schreiber, Marc-André Grondin and Alison Pill reprise their roles. Among the additions is fellow Canadian Elisha Cuthbert, who once appeared with Baruchel on the TV show Popular Mechanics for Kids.
"We started off our career together in a way in Canada, as pre-teens into our teens," she told CBC News at the premiere. "To reconnect on this was really full circle, and really amazing actually."
Cuthbert liked the role because she didn't have to drop what she calls her Canadian accent. Besides, she's no stranger to the game — her husband, Dion Phaneuf, plays for the Ottawa Senators.
"I did notice on set that the banter between the guys sounded very familiar to how I hear my husband talking to his teammates."
The movie hits Canadian theatres March 17, with a wider international release eyed for the fall.
With files from Stephanie vanKampen