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You know how I know Jay Baruchel is really, really Canadian? Well, beyond the maple leaf he has tattooed on his body, he just finished making the hockey comedy Goon with fellow Canuck Evan Goldberg, and it's not just the next movie on his list, but a passion project. Not to traffic in ugly stereotypes, but there aren't many people who weren't born above the 49th parallel who care about hockey that much.
Anyway, Goon is being presented out at the American Film Market this week in an attempt to get buyers interested, and MTV didn't just talk to Baruchel about the project, but got the first images from the film as well, one of which features Seann WIlliam Scott-- a Minnesotan, but close enough-- landing a punch out on the ice. His character, Doug, is more accustomed to bar brawls than organized sports, but he get recruited by his pal (Baruchel) to act as an enforcer for a local minor league hockey team.
Baruchel emphasized that the movie is a hard R, and MTV described it as a "really violent Happy Gilmore"-- given the amount of punching in that film, that's actually kind of impressive. Here's how Baruchel described the goals of the film:
"We have 55 speaking roles and 17 different fight scenes. I think that we're going to entertain people and were going to hit them in the head with a two by four, but I think more than anything people will be surprised by how moved they are by the story. I really think we've created a pretty classic character, and Seann is doing something unlike he's ever done."
With the amount of stars in its lineup Goon seems like a safe bet for distribution, no matter how danged Canadian it truly is. Keep an ear out for news about a possible pickup at the AFM, and in the meantime, click on either of the two images below to see the full set of three at MTV.