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When Newfoundland-born actor Allan Hawco met up with George for a special interview in Gros Morne National Park one of the topics that came up was fellow actor Gordon Pinsent.
It turns out Hawco, who stars in Republic of Doyle, thinks rather highly of the Companion of the Order of Canada.
"I was doing a play at the theatre. It all goes back to the theatre. Charm[ion King, Pinsent's late wife] introduced herself to me and told me Gordon was her husband," started Hawco. "And I was like, I don't know if anything will ever have that effect on me ever again meeting somebody."
It got better for Hawco.
"So he showed up at lunch one day and I was, 'I'm from Newfoundland!' 'Yes, I heard.' I'm, I'm, 'I loves you.'"
From that meeting Hawco's mother figured Pinsent had become a valuable connection.
"Mom always said, when I left mom said, 'Now call Gordon Pinsent,'" Hawco said. "When I wasn't getting any work she was, 'Call Gordon Pinsent. He'll help ya.' 'Mom, he's not god...' Well, OK, he is... but I don't know him."
Allan Hawco's interview with George airs Wednesday, March 19 on CBC. Hawco will star in the Company Theatre's play Belleville, which runs in Toronto from April 6 to May 4, 2014, at the Berkeley Street Theatre.