Shalom Life | February 26, 2015

Interview With "Goon" Star Jonathan Cherry

Shalom Life catches up with one of the actors in Michael Dowse's hockey comedy "Goon", premiering at TIFF.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: September 9th, 2011 in Culture » Film » Interviews

Interview With "Goon" Star Jonathan Cherry
Inarguably, hockey is the national pastime, if not obsession here in the Great White North. Michael Dowse’s (FUBAR, It’s All Gone Pete Tong) raucous comedy, Goon, celebrates everything that is the game. Co-written and starring Jay Baruchel, the cast includes one of Shalom Life’s “Top 20 Under 40”, Jonathan Cherry. Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, and playing again September 13, we were able to catch up once again with Jonathan Cherry.

Sarah Bauder (SB): What drew you to Goon?

Jonathan Cherry (JC):
I love sports and I love comedies, so Goon being a sports comedy was a perfect fit. I also was, and am a huge fan of all the people involved. Seann Scott, Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy, and a big fan of the director Michael Dowse. Needless to say, the prospect of possibly working with these people in this capacity provided the fuel/chutzpah to make sure I got the part. It also needs to be mentioned that two of my closest friends developed, and produced the movie- David Gross and Jesse Shapira.

SB: Goon deals with the hot-button topic of violence in the game of hockey. What’s your opinion on the fighting component to the game?

JC: Well, the movie doesn’t exactly "deal" with it, it celebrates it! I think it’s a great part of the game. I’m a fight fan. It’s unique to team sports, as well as ensemble comedy, which I think is awesome.


SB: You play Marco in the film, can you tell us a bit about the character?

JC: He’s a small town Canadian simpleton who loves three things: his mom, his hockey, and his painkillers. Oh yeah, and he’s a goalie.

SB: What sort of preparation was needed for playing Marco?

JC: I had to learn to skate from scratch. There was somewhat of a mini training camp a couple weeks before the movie. I also had to take a couple months to grow the most beautiful mustache since magnum- true story, it was gorgeous. I also watched a lot of FUBAR and Anvil to come up with the fabulous non-specific Canadian accent I have in the movie. He’s from an unknown region of Canada, ha-ha.


SB: Did you have any experience playing hockey prior to the film?

JC: No hockey experience, except street hockey when I was little.

SB: You’ve mentioned in the past that Goon turned you into a hockey fan, is there any team that has you’re undying support?

JC: I've always loved the Leafs. Undying love is saved for the Raptors- kinda sad, but true.

SB: What’s up next for you?

JC: Next for me is TIFF [Toronto International Film Festival] Waiting to see what kind of love Goon gets.
Jewish Hall of Fame: David Selznick Jewish Hall of Fame: David Selznick TrendingThe Ten Most Important Jewish Oscar Wins The Ten Most Important Jewish Oscar Wins TrendingTop 20 Under 40 – David Tichauer Top 20 Under 40 – David Tichauer Trending
 

Jewish Hall of Fame: David Selznick

February 26, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jewish Hall of Fame: David Selznick

Two-time Academy Award winner and producer of 'Gone with the Wind,' 'King Kong,' and other classics

Read More

European Rabbis Unite to Learn Self-Defense

February 26, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
European Rabbis Unite to Learn Self-Defense

In an attempt to keep synagogues safe from terror, a conference was held to teach rabbis around Europe self-defense and first aid

Read More

Israeli President Rivlin And Apple CEO Tim Cook Have A Sit Down In Jerusalem [VIDEO]

February 26, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Israeli President Rivlin And Apple CEO Tim Cook Have A Sit Down In Jerusalem [VIDEO]

The CEO and Israeli President met to talk at the Presidential compound in Jerusalem

Read More

Bamba May Be The Cure To Peanut Allergies… Sort Of

February 26, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Bamba May Be The Cure To Peanut Allergies… Sort Of

A new study suggests exposing infants to peanut products, like Bamba, could prevent children from developing peanut allergies

Read More

An Open Letter to Banksy: Even Without Mentioning Israel, Your New Gaza 'Ad' Still Reeks of anti-Zionism

February 26, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
An Open Letter to Banksy: Even Without Mentioning Israel, Your New Gaza 'Ad' Still Reeks of anti-Zionism

Op-Ed: Does the artist place blame of the current state of Gaza only on "Operation Protective Edge" in his new mini-documentary?

Read More

Legal Scholars Say NO to BDS

February 26, 2015 | By Moran Regev
Legal Scholars Say NO to BDS

Association of Young Legal Historians defies calls for academic boycott that have grown louder in Europe and North America

Read More

UCLA Student Government "Biased"Against Jewish Candidate

February 26, 2015 | By JNS.org
UCLA Student Government "Biased"Against Jewish Candidate

Students ask Jewish candidate if her Jewishness is a "conflict of interest"

Read More

The Ten Most Important Jewish Oscar Wins

February 25, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
The Ten Most Important Jewish Oscar Wins

With the Academy Awards having come and gone, we look at the most influential Jewish Oscar wins in history

Read More

More Headlines