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Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 premieres 11 years after original hit

A sequel to the original bilingual buddy cop caper — one of the highest-grossing domestic Canadian comedies ever — opens Friday.

The original — one of the highest grossing Canadian films ever — mined humour between French and English

In Bon Cop Bad Cop 2, Patrick Huard (left) and Colm Feore will reprise their roles as police detectives from different sides of Canada's linguistic divide. (CBC)

Fans of the Canadian classic Bon Cop, Bad Cop need not wait longer — Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2, a sequel to the wildly successful bilingual buddy cop caper opens Friday.

It's been 11 years since unorthodox Francophone detective David Bouchard (Patrick Huard) and straitlaced Anglophone police officer Martin Ward (Colm Feore) reluctantly teamed up to solve a murder on the Quebec-Ontario border in the smash hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop.

Huard, who also wrote both films, says the two characters have changed in that time.

"Those characters grew and changed and they meet again but they're 10 years older, 10 pounds heavier —"

"— and balder!" Feore interjected, laughing.

Released in 2006, the original Bon Cop, Bad Cop grossed $12 million in Canada, making it one of the highest grossing domestic Canadian films of all time.

It also won the 2007 Genie Award for Best Motion Picture.

The original Bon Cop Bad Cop used a mixture of French and English dialogue and played up the differences between Quebec and English Canada. (eOne)

While it has taken 11 years to put together the sequel, Feore says picking up where they left off was a cinch.

"It was like we took the weekend off," he said. "It was so much so that the director Alain Desrochers said after the first take — which involved action, explosions, gags and laughs — "is it always like this with you two?"

In the new movie, Ward has moved from the Ontario Provincial Police to the RCMP and Bouchard is still with the Sûreté du Québec, but undercover.

Their paths cross once again and mayhem ensues — especially when the American authorities get involved to investigate a larger terrorist plot.

The original film — which exploited the friction between English and French Canada with thinly-veiled references to the National Hockey League, and, as Huard puts, "action!" — proved irresistible to the Canadian movie-going public.

Huard says while the idea for the original seems like a no-brainer now, it did not start that way.

"I didn't even say the idea out loud for a month and a half. I thought the idea was too stupid," he said.

"I was under the impression that this idea was lying on the ground forever and nobody was there to pick it up. It was so simple — a French cop and an Anglo cop with a body lying on the border."

"I think that's the whole thing is [laughing at ourselves]," Huard added. "They were looking at each other and having fun. Maybe that's where we can easily meet."

And the sequel's humour has an entirely different target.

"This time we're laughing at the Americans — ever so gently." Feore said.

Listen to CBC's The Early Edition segment with Colm Feore and Patrick Huard: