Magnet Releasing, Myriad Pictures & Alliance Films Present
A MAGNET RELEASE GOON
A Film by
Michael Dowse 90 min., 1.85, 35mm
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Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to his accomplished family, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of the kind of success enjoyed by minor league hockey goon Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a bloody fist fight that Doug easily wins, the coach of the Halifax Highlanders sees potential in this mammoth sized man who is only hampered by his lack of any hockey playing ability and his brother’s old figure skates. Standing up to the taunts of the other players, Doug manages to join the team, and with the encouragement of his hockey obsessed best friend (Jay Baruchel) quickly becomes a rising star. Soon he’ll have the opportunity to face off against Ross "The Boss" Rhea and perhaps finally land a girlfriend. Now - all he needs is to learn how to skate.
ABOUT THE FILM
Hockey - it's a Canadian as donuts which is why producer David Gross couldn't help but feel frustration that the quintessential movie about the sport, Slapshot, was made by someone other than a Canadian. And damn it, David Gross was going to do something about it.
Together with producer Jesse Shapira, Gross found screenwriter Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express, Superbad, The Simpsons) and asked him if he'd like to write a Canadian hockey movie. Turns out that being an expat Canadian, Goldberg had been chomping at the bit to do something about the old country. He liked the idea. He was excited about the idea. He wanted to write the screenplay. There was just one problem - he knew nothing about hockey (a fact that could lose him his citizenship, but we won't go there right now). So he turned to actor/writer Jay Baruchel.
Now Baruchel is a different story. He'd been weaned on hockey and his time spent in the California sun hadn't leached that out of his sub-zero Montreal-winter blood. "All of my knowledge or interest in hockey comes from my father," he said. "I was raised in a household where the Montreal Canadians were effectively our religion: Jewish on Dad’s side, Catholic on Mum’s, all Habs fans. And Dad’s favorite players were always the tough ones, the enforcers - or the goons for lack of a better term: Chris "Knuckles" Nilan, John "Rambo" Kordic, Larry "Big Bird" Robinson, friggin’ Lyle Odelein."
Baruchel met with Goldberg, Gross and Shapira and everything fell into place. "It was almost five years ago when we finished the first draft," he said. Writing the script was a bi-coastal process - Goldberg in LA, Baruchel in Montreal. They tweaked it back and forth via email. "Then we brought some other really talented writers into the writers' room: Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir and my writing partner, Jesse Chabot." This was teamwork, through and through.
GOON is inspired by the book, Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey
Into a Minor Hockey League, about Doug Smith, a late bloomer, who didn't start playing hockey until age 19 and came equipped with the unlikely skill of an amateur boxer. No one in the Goon camp remembers who found the book first. Best guess is it was Jesse Shapira.
The guiding light in the story evolution was simple. "We knew the character of Doug Glatt, our hero, had to be an underdog," said Baruchel. As the story progressed, Glatt - a newcomer to the game of hockey - became an amalgam of two ideas: first was Baruchel's father, who had played hockey in his youth on the Bethel Wings, an all-Jewish hockey team. "I grew up hearing stories about when they would play French teams in east end Montreal. Spectators would throw pennies at them as they skated onto the ice," he continued. "I coupled that with this real hockey player named Mike Bajurny who’s not Jewish, but played on the Laval Chiefs which is part of the North American Hockey League. Both Bajurny's father and his grandfather are doctors, his brother’s a filmmaker and he’s the guy who gets paid to fight and skate for a living."
Bajurny is the subject of a documentary called Le Chiefs, produced by his brother, and it's about one season in the blue-collar minor leagues, complete with awkward suppers with his family. "They keep asking Mike, 'Why are you doing this? Why are you slumming? You’re one of us. You can do better.' And he says, 'No, I love it. This is what I’m good at.' Those two things coalesced in my mind and out of that, I said, 'What if we just make Doug stupid as hell?' I mean, he's a good man, an honest man, everything is very old fashioned and simple with him, but let's write this so he’s maybe not the crunchiest chip in the bag," said Baruchel (Baruchel is quick to add that his dad is not nearly as slow-witted as Glatt).
It was at that point that David Gross called in Don "The Hammer" Carmody. Carmody liked that Goon was a comedy and that it "was a terrific reimagining of the minor league hockey milieu", and he liked the players involved (director and actors). That was all it took for him to agree to help finance and produce the film.
Mike "The Captain" Dowse is a director with hockey in his DNA. "I was a Flames fan first because I'm originally from Calgary. When I moved to Montreal, it took me four years to switch over to being a Habs fan, but having a kid helped me get into it. I also started playing hockey again for the first time since I was fourteen. When you get right down to it, I love hockey."
He and Baruchel had been circling each other for the past few years, initially, on a different project they were batting around, but it afforded them the opportunity to discover they worshipped at the same shrine - hockey. It was a solid match, especially given the sentiments Dowse had expressed in an article on Fubar II, “I love hockey and I love violence and I love comedy.”
Of the three elements, comedy, hockey and violence, the first was the easiest for this particular director. He had established that with FUBAR, FUBAR II, and The Foundation. The idea of shooting hockey was more challenging because it's one fast game. Players skate up to 45 km/hr. And then there is the violence. "That's a big part of the game, but it’s also a big part of physical comedy," said Dowse. Violent comedy (or comic violence) is a nuanced genre, one Tarantino made a name for himself by mixing the banal and the hyper-real, but in the context of GOON, Dowse noted, "Hockey gives you a nice bubble to do that with."
"When it came to casting Doug "The Goon" Glatt, Seann William Scott was always in our minds," said ...well, everyone said that. It was more than just that. "Once Seann’s name was mentioned, it ruined us because there was never anybody else who could play him. So if, for whatever reason, we didn’t get the chance to hire him, we would have been shit out of luck," explained Baruchel. "He’s just unbelievable. He’s heartbreaking, he’s compelling, and he’s sympathetic. And his acting is - in the best possible use of the word - simple. It’s direct, to the point, and exactly what it is’s supposed to be. He’s someone we always wanted for his physical size and his acting ability and especially his comedic abilities. And he trained hard, not that he’s portrayed as a fabulous skater, but as somebody who can do the fights and take the physical action."
For Seann William Scott, the character of Doug Glatt was a "dream role". He was approached two years before filming started and that was it. "I wanted to work with them so badly and they thought I’d be right for this part. This was the kind of movie I always wanted to do when I moved out to Los Angeles to pursue acting because, like every kid's dream come true, you get to be a badass fighter. Honestly, this was the best experience I’ve ever had - and I’ve had a lot of wonderful experiences. My whole M.O. was to make sure I didn’t screw it up."
"Jay Baruchel as Pat was a natural choice because the part was written for Jay Baruchel, by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg. So we were kind of saddled with Jay Baruchel, said Don Carmody. "No, seriously, he’s terrific in the role and no one else could have pulled this off this combination of complete wacky weirdness and high energy profanity-spewing. Yes, Jay Baruchel is Pat."
Doug Glatt’s erstwhile and somewhat surprising girlfriend, Eva, is played by Alison Pill. A romance born in a bar, Doug and Eva are definitely an odd couple, each nurturing their own extreme quirks. "They do seem destined for each other. Alison is incredibly adorable, but she's not playing this as drop dead gorgeous or the beauty queen. She's somebody we believe could fall for a slow-witted hockey player. The chemistry between the two of them is extraordinary," said Carmody.
Eugene Levy is cast as Dr. Glatt, Doug’s accomplished father. He and Seann have had a relationship that dates back to 1999 and the first of the American Pie series. Eugene is a comic genius and the filmmakers feel fortunate to have secured Levy as part of the cast. He plays the baffled father whose whole family is intelligent and overachieving, and while disappointed in his son, he nonetheless tries to support him as much as he is able.
Sporting an end-stage Movember horseshoe moustache, Tony- Award winning, classical actor, Liev Schreiber stepped up to play Ross Rhea, the penultimate hockey goon. Shapira and Gross campaigned hard for this innovative casting and won. "He is terrifically menacing, funny and self-aware - as a good goon should be. I think this will be a real surprise when his legions of fans see him in this role," said Carmody.
Finally we have Marc André Grondin as Xavier LaFlamme, the young, hotshot French-Canadian hockey star, who has fallen on hard times and succumbed to the temptations of stardom. Many will know him from his star turn in the wonderful (and multi-award winning) coming-of-age movie, C.R.A.Z.Y. He’s charming. He’s handsome and a natural talent on the ice, as well - a perfect counterpoint to Seann's performance.
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When all is said and done, GOON is a tribute film. "A few years ago in Montreal, I had a dinner with this couple in their 50s," recall Baruchel. "The wife had gone out with my Dad back when they were teenagers and the husband had played hockey alongside my Dad. I asked him what kind of hockey player my father had been and the man said, 'Your Dad liked to finish his checks.' [Translation for non-hockey types: When a player has another player lined up for a clean hit, he follows through or finished his check. If he pulls up, he just nudges or glances or brushes. In the olden days, a guy who finished his checks showed commitment and a willingness to muck it up.] "Back then, your father raised you to think either Gretzky was the man or Gretzky was a pussy. My Dad was a 'Gretzky is a pussy' guy. So GOON, the goriest, rowdiest, coarsest language, awesomest, hockey flick ever made, is in large part for him."
ABOUT THE ACTORS
SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT (Doug Glatt) is a native of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, was discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles and has become one of Hollywood’s most prolific actors working today. Starring in blockbuster comedies such as Universal’s billion dollar grossing American Pie trilogy, in which he also stars in the latest installment of American Reunion, and serves as an Executive Producer on the feature film version of the popular ‘80s television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Road
Trip and the smash comedy hit Dude, Where's My Car opposite Ashton Kutcher.
Scott was most recently seen in the Warner Bros comedy Cop Out for director Kevin Smith starring opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Scott will also be seen in the Farrelly Brothers produced series of shorts Movie 43 in which he stars opposite Johnny Knoxville for director Brett Ratner coming out next spring.
Scott also starred in Universal’s Role Models where he starred opposite Paul Rudd as two energy drink salesmen who trash the company truck and are court ordered to enroll in a Big Brother program and Scott also voiced on the animated feature Planet 51 with Dwayne Johnson and Jessica Biel.
Scott’s other film credits include Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales; Universal’s hit action/adventure film The Rundown where he starred opposite The Rock; MGM’s Bulletproof Monk with Chow Yun-Fat; New Line Cinema’s thriller Final Destination; the DreamWorks sci-fi comedy Evolution, directed by Ivan Reitman and co-starring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny and Orlando Jones; and unforgettable cameos in Miramax’s Jay and Silent Bob and the hit comedy Old School, opposite Will Ferrell; Scottalso starred in the dramedy film The Promotion, opposite John C. Reillyand Mr. Woodcock, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon.Scott also reprises the voice of ‘Crash’ in Ice Age 4, being released nextyear.
ALISON PILL (Eva) most recently starred on Broadway in “The House of Blue Leaves,” “The Miracle Worker” and “Mauritius,” and in the Off-Broadway hits “This Wide Night,” “Reasons To Be Pretty” and “Blackbird,” for which she received Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” and for a Lucille Lortel Award for “On the Mountain.” She won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding
Ensemble in the U.S. premiere of “The Distance from Here” and starred in an Off-Broadway run of “None of the Above.” Film work includes Midnight in Paris, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Milk, Dan in Real Life, Dear Wendy, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Pieces of April, and the upcoming GOON. Recent television includes “In Treatment” and “The Pillarsof the Earth.”
LIEV SCHREIBER (Ross Rhea) Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Tony Award winner Liev Schreiber's versatile repertoire of portrayals continue to garner him nominations and high praise in film, television and theatre. This year, he received his third Tony nomination for his role in Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” alongside Scarlett Johansson. Schreiber recently starred opposite Angelina Jolie playing a rigid CIA boss in director Phillip Noyce's highly anticipated Salt. He was also recently seen in Richard Levine's Every Day, which debuted at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, opposite Helen Hunt; Miguel Sapochnik's Repo Men with Jude Law and Forest Whitaker; and Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, opposite Emile Hirsch. Schreiber's many feature credits include X-Men Origins: Wolverine, opposite Hugh Jackman; Edward Zwick's Defiance, with Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell; John Curran's The Painted Veil, with Edward Norton and Naomi Watts; Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, opposite Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington; Phil Alden Robinson's The Sum of All Fears, with Ben Affleck; James Mangold's Kate & Leopold, also with Hugh Jackman; Michael Almereydea's Hamlet, as Laertes to Ethan Hawke's Hamlet; Tom Gilroy's Spring Forward, opposite Ned Beatty; Norman Jewison's The Hurricane, also with Denzel
Washington; Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon, with Diane Lane; Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers; Nora Ephron's Mixed Nuts; and Wes Craven's Scream trilogy.
His portrayal of Orson Welles in Benjamin Ross' RKO 281 brought Schreiber Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. His other telefilm credits include George C. Wolfe's Lackawanna Blues and John Erman's The Sunshine Boys, opposite Woody Allen and Peter Falk. As one of the documentary medium's foremost narrators, he has lent his voice to such works as Mantle,:03 from Gold, A City on Fire: The Story of the ‘68
Detroit Tigers, Nova, and Nature. His performance as Ricky Roma in the 2005 Broadway revival of David Mamet's “Glengarry Glen Ross,” directed by Joe Mantello, earned him a Tony Award. He was again a Tony nominee for his portrayal of Barry Champlain in the 2007 Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's “Talk Radio,” directed by Robert Falls, Other stage work includes the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of “Macbeth,” in the lead role opposite Jennifer Ehle, directed by Moisés Kaufman; “Iago,” “Hamlet,” “Henry the V” and “Cymbeline.” In 2005, Schreiber made his feature directorial debut with Everything is Illuminated, which he also adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer's bestselling novel of the same name. The film, starring Elijah Wood and
Eugene Hutz, was named one of the year's 10 Best by the National Board of Review.
EUGENE LEVY (Dr. Glatt)has appeared in over forty motion pictures, seven of which having topped the one hundred million dollar mark. His box office success in films like Bringing Down the House, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Father of the Bride 2 and Over the Hedge has helped establishhim as one of Hollywood’s most popular comedic character actors. But itwas his role of Jim’s Dad in American Pie and its sequels that cementedhis reputation as being America’s favorite dad. Teaming up withChristopher Guest, Levy earned critical acclaim for co-writing and costarringin Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, For Your Consideration and A Mighty Wind. His work in A Mighty Wind garnered him a Grammy Awardand a New York Film Critics Circle Award along with a Golden Globenomination for Best in Show. Levy started his career on the popular latenight comedy series SCTV where he won two Emmy Awards for writing.
His early films include Splash, Club Paradise, Armed and Dangerous and Multiplicity. Recent projects include Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, his work as the voice of Albert Einstein in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, and alongside Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson inthe animated feature Astro Boy.
MARC-ANDRE GRONDIN (Xavier LaFlamme)took the movie world by storm with his heart-wrenching performance as the troubled son in the acclaimed coming-of-age film C.R.A.Z.Y. But Grondin had made his mark much earlier. His acting debut came at 3. He was cast in the series “Sous un Ciel Variable,” where he spent the next five years in the lead role of Simon. Following that, Grondin landed another major role in Lise Payette's TV series “Les Super Mamies,” as well as the lead in “Watatatow.”
Having developed a great friendship with director Jean-Marc Vallée – who had cast him almost 12 years ago in his short film “Les Fleurs Magiques,” Grondin landed his pivotal role in C.R.A.Z.Y., for which he earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Lead Actor, won the Best Canadian Lead Actor at the Vancouver Film Critic Circle Awards, and Best Lead Actor at the Jutra Awards (Quebec Film Awards). More recent film credits include the French comedy Bouquet Final opposite Gerard Depardieu, lead roles in Bus Palladium, Insoupconnable, the title role in The Chameleon opposite Ellen Barkin and Famke Janssen and Steven Soderbergh’s Che, opposite Benecio Del Toro. In 2009, Grondin made history in becoming the first Canadian actor to win the prestigious César Award (France’s Academy Awards) for Best Male Newcomer for the film Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie, making him one of the most sought after actors in France and
Canada. He continues to reside in Montreal, Quebec.
KIM COATES (Ronnie Hortense)Season four of the FX hit series “Sons of Anarchy” has already hit the airwaves with Kim Coates as Tig Trager, the motorcycle club’s sergeant at arms. Tig fears nothing, much like Kim’s career. In the fall of 2010 Kim starred in the blockbuster 3D movie Resident Evil Afterlife, with Milla Jovovich. Kim has five films opening in 2011-12 including Sacrifice, with Cuba Gooding Jr., A Little Help, with Jenna Fisher, Sinners and Saints, Robosapien, and Blood the Butchers Tale. Kim’s film career began in 1991 with The Last Boy Scout. TwoWarner Brothers’ hits followed: Innocent Blood and The Client. Since thattime he has starred in over forty films, including Academy Award winners Black Hawk Down directed by Ridley Scott, and Pearl Harbor directed byMichael Bay. Other films include Waterworld and Open Range with KevinCostner, The Island opposite Ewan McGregor, Grilled with Ray Romano,Silent Hill opposite Sean Bean, Hostage with Bruce Willis, Assault on Precinct 13, Unforgettable, Skinwalkers, and Hero Wanted.
Kim presently has a recurring role on “CSI Miami.” Other prominent guest starring television roles include “Entourage,” “CSI,” “CSI NY,” “Cold Case,” and “Prison Break.” He has had roles in more than 20 MOW’s including the NBC miniseries “Hercules,” Lifetime’s “Friend of the Family,” and Disney’s “Scream Team.” These dramatic turns on television have garnered him Gemini nominations for Best Actor in a Featured Supporting Role for “Dead Silence” and Best Performance in a Guest Role Dramatic Series for “The Outer Limits.” In 2008 Kim starred and Executive Produced the film The Poet. Before its wide release it won best picture and best director (Damian Lee)at the New York Staten Island Film Festival. At the AOF International Film Festival in Pasadena, Kim received the Half Life Achievement Award foracting in 2009. Kim also won best actor for playing Steve Sorrano in King of Sorrow. His talents have been well utilized in theatre, appearing in overfifty plays in North America. He starred on Broadway as Stanley Kowalskiin “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and as the title role in “Macbeth” at thelegendary Stratford Theatre. Kim Coates has continually proven himself tobe a leading force in the world of acting and his versatile volume of workspeaks for itself. His strong acting ethic means that he is an actor whocannot be stereotyped and this has brought him critical acclaim. Kimcurrently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children.
NICHOLAS CAMPBELL (Rollie Hortense)Nicholas Campbell’s considerable credits range from playing Shorty McAdoo in the CBC miniseries “The Englishman’s Boy” to Sporty Lewis in the Ron Howard film Cinderella Man opposite Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti. He also had a hilarious turn in the critically acclaimed Canadian feature Siblings and guest starred in the CBC mini-series “The Tommy
Douglas Story.” Campbell has won multiple Gemini Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a continuing leading dramatic role for his portrayal of modern-day Renaissance man, Domenic DaVinci, in Canada’s most popular series, “Da Vinci’s Inquest.” He has been heaped with accolades for his creation of the title role in the critically acclaimed series. He was also voted Canada’s hands-down favorite male dramatic star in a TV Guide reader poll, and the only Canadian star to make the Top 5 dramatic actors list in a TV Times’ readers’ poll. His over 40 starring film and television credits include series leads on “Diamonds” and “The Insiders” and a recurring role on “Street Legal.” His television credits also include the role of Bobby Kennedy in “Hoover vs. The Kennedys” (Gemini Nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries), “Going Home “(Nominated for BAFTA Award - Britain), and “The Valor and the Horror.” Most recently, Nicholas Campbell can be seen in hit series such as “XIII,” “Republic of Doyle,” “Haven,” “Heartland,” and “Less Than Kind” (to add to his already impressive credits on “Flashpoint,” “Murdoch Mysteries” and “The Border”). He was also seen in the critically acclaimed theatrical production, “Festen”, at the Berkeley Street Theatre.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERSMICHAEL DOWSE (Director) Michael was born into a poor Irish immigrant family and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He started out in the editing suite then graduated up to short films and music videos, doing three videos for The New Pornographers. In the year two thousand he made his first feature FUBAR, which premiered at the Sundance Film
Festival, It’s All Gone Pete Tong was Michael’s second feature, going on to win the City Award at the 2004 Toronto International Film, Best Film at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and Best Film at the GenArt Film Festival in New York. His first foray into cable television, “The Foundation,” which he co-created, wrote and directed, premiered on Showcase in September 2009. 2010 / 11 turned out to be a busy year, the long awaited sequel to FUBAR II opened Midnight Madness at TIFF and went on to be a huge success theatrically. Michael’s first American studio film, Take Me Home Tonight, starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris, for Imagine Entertainment and Relativity was released worldwide on March 4th, 2011. Michael resides in Montreal and is desperately trying to improve his French.
DAVID GROSS (Producer) graduated from the MFA Producing program at the American Film Institute in 2007. After producing several short films, music videos, and working for a few reasonably successful Hollywood producers, he struck out on his own to form No Trace Camping Productions with lifelong friend Jesse Shapira. Their first feature GOON, was produced with Don Carmody, and is based on a book they optioned in 2008 and spent several years developing with writers Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg. Their next project, The F Word, written by Elan Mastai, landed a spot on the distinguished Black List and begins filming in early 2012. David spends his time between Los Angeles and Toronto.
DON CARMODY (Producer) has been producing films for close to 40 years. He was vice-president of production for Canada’s Cinepix (now Lions Gate Films), where he co-produced David Cronenberg’s early shockers They Came From Within and Rabid as well as the popular comedy Meatballs. Starting his own production company in 1980, Carmody went on to produce the smash hits Porky's and Porky's II, as well as the classic A Christmas Story, the Weekend at Bernie's series, and The Late Shift which was nominated for seven Emmy Awards and three Cable Ace awards. His credits include some 100 films thus far, including Studio 54, the Academy Award nominated Good Will Hunting,The Pledge, Wrong Turn, Gothika, the cult hit The Boondock Saints, Assault on
Precinct 13, Lucky Number Slevin, Orphan and the Resident Evil films, the 4th installment of which grossed over 300 million dollars worldwide and has become Canada’s reigning box office champion.
In 2002, he was Co-Producer of Chicago starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, which won 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and 3 Golden Globe Awards including Best Musical/Comedy. Recent Productions include the sequel to his hit film Silent Hill, as well as the fifth installment of his Resident Evil franchise.
Don Carmody grew up in Montreal and has gone on to produce films all over the world. He currently has offices in Toronto and Los Angeles.
JAY BARUCHEL (Producer, Writer, Actor (Pat) Jay Baruchel continues to cement his leading man status in 2011 with many exciting projects on the horizon. He starred in Good Neighbors, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival and began production on the Dreamworks animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2, which has already been scheduled to release in 2014. Last summer Baruchel was seen in the Bruckheimer Films/Disney feature The Sorcerer’s Apprentice directed by Jon Turtletaub, in which he starred as the 'Apprentice' opposite Nicolas Cage. He also was seen in the Paramount romantic comedy She’s Out of My League, as well as the Dreamworks global hit, Oscar nominated animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon, as the lead voice of ‘Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third.’ Baruchel won a 2011 Annie Award for his voice work on this film.
Also in development for Baruchel is Universal and Red Hour’s Johnny Klutz, in which he will play the title role of ‘Johnny Klutz,’ a character which he created--- a loveable loser who is impervious to pain. In addition, he will begin production on Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, a feature length film based on a short film of the same name that he completed with Seth Rogen. Roles in the Academy Award winning movie Million Dollar Baby opposite Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman and the blockbuster hit Tropic Thunder opposite Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., garnered Baruchel much praise for his versatility. He has also been lauded for his starring role in Jacob Tierney’s comedy feature The Trotsky which premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Baruchel recently received a Genie Award Lead Actor nomination for his performance in this film. Baruchel has a long list of additional feature credits including Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist opposite Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, Knocked Up opposite Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl, Just Buried, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, Real Time opposite Randy Quaid, and in the memorable role of ‘Vic Munoz,’ the obsessed Led Zeppelin fan in Almost Famous.
Baruchel began acting at age 12 when he landed a job on the Nickelodeon hit television series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” transforming what was to be a one-time guest appearance into a recurring role. The role was a springboard for his career, leading to his first Canadian series, “My Hometown.” He then made his debut to American audiences as the star of the critically acclaimed Judd Apatow television series, “Undeclared” on Fox. Baruchel currently resides in Montreal.
IAN DIMMERMAN (Producer)has an extensive and proven track record in the world of feature film and television finance. Prior to this endeavor he traveled the world for the National Bank of Canada where he was market manager of the TV & Motion Picture Group (Ontario & Western Canada). His accomplishments were many and include; developing a portfolio of corporate and commercial accounts within film and television industry, developing and implementing business development strategies for expanding business, creating, promoting and maintaining the brand image of the Bank within the industry sector, he was responsible for overseeing operating budget for Western Canadian and Ontario operation, he grew the loan portfolio from $10 million to $150 million in four years and was nominated to the top 100 performer list for the entire Bank in 2004. Ian was involved in numerous complex international co-production financing structures and has developed relationships with film financiers all over the world.
In 2005, Ian executive produced the feature length documentary Midnight
Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and was the opening film at Silverdocs. In 2007, Ian became a partner at Inferno Pictures and provided production services for the Warner Bros. feature film Whiteout, starring Kate Beckinsale. 2008 found Inferno partnered once again with Farpoint Films to co-produce Season I of “House Party” which aired on The Comedy Network. Ian continues to provide business affairs and financing advice to a number of film and television production companies throughout Canada and the U.S.
ANDRE ROULEAU (Producer)was a professional lawyer who began his filmmaking career in 1995. From 2001 until 2008 Mr. Rouleau was Vice President in charge of Production at Remstar. During this period he produced several successful films including Head in the Clouds, An American Haunting and the multi Genie Awards winner Polytechnique. In 2008, he founded Productions Caramel Film, a Montreal based company specialized in the development and production of feature length films for the Canadian and international marketplace. Despite its recent creation, Productions Caramel Film has already shown its great ability in gathering talent and its remarkable vigor and strength by bringing numerous projects to life. Among others, Productions Caramel Film has produced Ken Scott’s Les Droigts Croches starring Roy Dupuis (Mesrine, Maurice
Richard), Claude Legault (Les 7 jours du Talion, Minuit le soir) and Patrice Robitaille; Krach, a Canadian-French co-production directed by Fabrice Génestal and starring Gilles Lellouche , Vahina Giocante (99F), Michael Madsen (Sin City, Kill Bill Vol.1 & 2, Reservoir Dogs), Die, a psychological thriller by Dominic James with Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), John Pyper Ferguson (CSI), Caterina Murino(Casino Royale), Funkytown, a film by Daniel Roby starring Patrick Huard(Bon Cop Bad Cop), Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds), RaymondBouchard (La Grande séduction), Sarah Mutch; and Angle Mort, byDominic James, starring Sébastien Huberdeau (Polytechnique) and KarineVanasse (Polytechnique, Séraphin).
Productions Caramel Film also produced Hidden 3D, the first 3D movie completely done in Quebec, and is currently completing postproduction on several projects with amongst them writer-director Ken Scott’s next feature film Starbuck (starring Patrick Huard and Julie LeBreton), and Breakaway by Robert Lieberman (D3: The Mighty Ducks), starring Camilla Belle, Russell Peters with cameo Indian star Akshay Kumar. On the foreign front, Productions Caramel Film is also co-producing the 3D animated feature entitled The Suicide Shop with its former partner La Petite Reine (Mesrine: Death Instinct) and acclaimed director Patrice Leconte tackling animation for the first time. Recently, Productions Caramel Film optioned the bestseller “Arturo Gatti – Le dernier round” a biography based on the story of international box champion Arturo Gatti. Always looking for new and interesting projects, Productions Caramel Film, is also developing solid local and international partnerships and capitalizes on these good relations to produce high quality entertainment with international potential.
JESSE SHAPIRA (Executive Producer)was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents Barbara and Daniel Shapira. He attended Shady
Side Academy high school graduating in 1995 and then on to Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. At Colgate, Jesse majored in political science and was a member of both the football and track and field teams before graduating in 1999. After Colgate, Jesse moved to Los Angeles where he started as an intern for Fox Sports Net eventually becoming Associate Producer of such shows as Fox Sports News and The Keith Olberman Evening News. Following a year working in the scouting department for the Buffalo Bills, Jesse came back to LA to attend the producing program at the American Film Institute. It was there he reconnected with David Gross, a close friend from their days at summer camp in Canada. Soon after school the two started their production company, No Trace Camping. It took several years of development, lonely lunches and unreturned phone calls to make GOON, their first of hopefully many films together.
MARK SLONE (Executive Producer) is a Senior Vice President at Alliance
Films, Canada’s leading motion picture distributor. A graduate of McGill University, he specializes in acquisitions and communications for wide release, Canadian, genre and art house films. He has served as a Board Director for several non-profit film organizations and provides mentorship to a select group of emerging filmmakers.
EVAN GOLDBERG (Writer) and Seth Rogen grew up together in Vancouver and wrote their first screenplay, Superbad, at the tender age of 15. The film, which the pair also executive produced, was released in the summer of 2007 and opened to overwhelming critical praise and commercial success. The dynamic duo followed up the success of Superbad with the action-comedy Pineapple Express, which they also wrote and executive produced. The film starred Seth Rogen and James Franco and was directed by David Gordon Green. Goldberg and Rogen also executive produced the smash hit Knocked Up. Written and directed by Judd Apatow with stars Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, Knocked Up tallied more than $148 million in domestic box-office receipts. Most recently, Goldberg produced 50/50 (starring Rogen and
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, directed by Jonathan Levine) and executive produced both The Green Hornet (an action film directed by Michel Gondry) and Judd Apatow’s Funny People. For the small screen, Goldberg and Rogen penned an episode of “The Simpsons” that aired in 2009, (“Homer the Whopper”). Goldberg began his career as a writer on Sacha Baron Cohen’s cult favorite “Da Ali G Show,” which aired on HBO. The series spun off the hit comedy feature Borat and Cohen’s follow-up, Bruno.
BOBBY SHORE (Director of Photography)Born and raised in Montreal, Bobby was lauded as a promising young DP thanks to his work on both award-winning short films and Canadian music videos. Moving to Los Angeles in 2004, he attended the American Film Institute to further hone his skills as a cinematographer. Upon graduating, Bobby's talent was in demand- enabling him to shoot in both Los Angeles and Montreal. To date, he has shot TV series' for both IFC and the Showcase Network, and also has eight feature films to his credit- including a Directing/DP 2nd unit role on La Linea which starred Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, and Armande Assante. Recently, Bobby worked on FUBAR 2, a critically acclaimed comedy directed by Mike Dowse and released theatrically in fall 2010. Bobby is currently shooting his ninth feature film, entitled The Truth, starring Forest Whitaker, Eva Longoria, and Andy Garcia. Equally interested in music videos and commercials, Bobby has shot for such bands as CHROMEO, STARS, PATRICK WATSON, SAM ROBERTS, SUNSET RUBDOWN, PLANTS AND ANIMALS, and THE HANDSOME FURS, and for such clients as L'Oreal, Lise Watier, and USTA. Bobby continues to split his time between Los Angeles and Montreal, where he still rides his tenspeed to work.
REGINALD HARKMA (Editor)is a writer, director and editor. He has directed four features including: A Girl is A Girl which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; Better Off in Bed, a feature documentary about the New Pornographers; and Monkey Warfare, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. His latest film, Leslie, My Name is Evil shocked and outraged the king of shock and outrage, John Waters, who said, "I am horrified this film was made." Leslie, My Name is Evil also won Reg the Director's Guild of Canada award for Best Director in 2010. Reg came to directing from editing where his credits include, Hard Core Logo by Bruce McDonald, Last Night by Don McKellar and Fubar: Balls to the Wall by Michael Dowse.
GORD WILDING (Production Designer)has been production designing for film and television for the last 15 years. His work has taken him far afield, cross-Canada and into Eastern Europe. Most notable in his repertoire is the Norma Bailey mini-series “The Hunt for the Green River Killer” and “The Good Life” with Zoe Deschanel and Harry Dean Stanton. He has also worked as a 2nd unit director. Gordon’s first short film “Rapture” screened at Cannes in 1998.
HEATHER NEALE (Costume)is a Costume Designer based in Winnipeg Manitoba. She graduated with a Clothing and Textiles Degree from the University of Manitoba before going to work in the garment industry as a fashion merchandiser. In 1999 Heather began her film career designing costumes for independent features such as East of Euclid, The Nature of Nicholas and Who Loves the Sun. Heather also went on to work in various other positions within the costume department: costume assistant, truck costume supervisor, set supervisor, costume coordinator and assistant costume designer. She gained valuable skills and worked with many talented designers on such feature films as Capote, Amreeka and Mother’s Day. In 2009 Heather began her costume design collaboration with Guy Maddin on the short film “Night Mayor” which was created as a tribute to the National Film Board of Canada’s 70th Anniversary and won best experimental short at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. She also designed Guy Maddin’s soon to be released Keyhole starring Jason Patric, Udo Kier and Isabella Rossellini as well as various “Hauntings” also directed by Guy Maddin and his deputies.
directed by MICHAEL DOWSE
written by JAY BARUCHEL & EVAN GOLDBERG
producers DON CARMODY, DAVID GROSS, ANDRÉ ROULEAU, JAY BARUCHEL, IAN DIMERMAN
executive producers JESSE SHAPIRA, MARK SLONE
director of photography BOBBY SHORE
editor REGINALD HARKEMA
composer RAMACHANDRA BORCAR
cast SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT