The actor and “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” director went on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to talk about the film and to share some of his thoughts on Montreal cuisine.
Asked if he missed his hometown, after telling Kimmel he was forced to move to Toronto for work, Baruchel says, “Constantly. Specifically the food. Mostly the food.”
Asked if he missed Montreal, after telling Kimmel that he was forced to move to Toronto for work, Baruchel says, “Constantly. Specifically the food. Mostly the food.”
Kimmel agrees, saying if he lived in Montreal he’d “never stop eating.”
“There’s all these beautiful gourmet spots, but my personal favourite is a chain restaurant,” Baruchel says, “called St-Hubert.”
Baruchel apparently loves St-Hubert’s quarter chicken dinner with fries and gravy so much that he even offered to do commercials for the company.
“I told my manager, I was like, can you call someone at St-Hubert’s corporate headquarters and be like, ‘I eat a lot of chicken, can I be in your commercials?’ ” Baruchel explains, “And the reply was, ‘Well, we’re very happy he eats as much of our chicken as he does, but we don’t want him in our commercials.’ ”
A humbling experience to say the least, though Kimmel jokes that Baruchel could just make the commercials himself.
But “Goon” is about hockey, so of course the subject had to come up. Specifically, the subject of hockey enforcers. That led Baruchel to list off some of the best hockey “goons” in history.
Top of the list? Chris Nyland, though Baruchel says Nyland is not a fan of the term goon. In fact, he’s so against the term that he refused to watch “Goon” for years because of the name. “He thought that was a derogatory term, which it is,” Baruchel says, “and I was trying to tell him that we did that deliberately, we’re kind of trying to repurpose it.”
For the sequel, Baruchel also made sure to recruit as many hockey players and fighters as possible.
“And then we got an email,” Baruchel says, “from a guy calling himself Mel ‘The Mangler’ Angelstad, who was like, ‘I think ‘Goon’ was based on my life.’ ”
Angelstad wrote that his fight with Darcy Hordichuk is still considered one of the best hockey fight of all time, and when Baruchel looked up fight he couldn’t help but agree, and made sure to cast him in the film.