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.
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.