Last summer, while Jay Baruchel was slinging magic plasma bolts on the New York City set of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the actor’s mind was still very much involved with slapping hockey pucks. The Canadian-born Baruchel was hard at work putting together a cast for “Goon,” a hockey movie he wrote with Evan Goldberg (“Pineapple Express”) and which he has described as a “Raging Bull”-style take on the sport.
More than a year later, Baruchel hit the “Sorcerer’s” red carpet and had a tantalizing update for us on “Goon.” The budget is in place, they’re gearing up to shoot in late August or early September and the starring role has been cast.
“We have a bona fide American movie star in the lead,” he said. While he wouldn’t go so far as to drop the name of the actor, he did drop some hints about the characteristics of his ideal hockey goon.
“You have to be able to get the s–t kicked out of you, tell some jokes, play dumb well, for our character anyway, be sympathetic and be psyched to be there,” he said. “And you have to have been in a movie that came out about 10 years ago that hit a real nerve in American culture and spawned a whole generation of movies that were compared against it. I’ll let you fill in the blanks there.”
Baruchel’s blind item has me thinking it’s got to be Keanu Reeves, who starred in 1999’s trend-setting “The Matrix,” is no stranger to playing dumb and telling jokes (“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”), and has even starred in another sports-centric comedy flick (“The Replacements”).
Yeah, my money’s on Reeves. But what do you think? Based on the hints above, let us know who you think Baruchel and Goldberg have cast as their goon?