MONTREAL - In Hollywood, the holiday season is synonymous with blockbusters. And what better way to get the kiddies begging to bundle up and play in the great outdoors than a movie about hockey?
With the launch of the feature film, Pour toujours, les Canadiens in theaters across the province, we caught up with one of the film's stars, Claude Legault, who was at the Bell Centre for Monday's Habs game, to get his take on the flick.
"I think my character is the kind of coach who's in the middle of the spectrum," explained Legault, who perfected his tough-love pre-game speeches for the movie. "The ideal coach is the one who listens to his players and has empathy but who will still give them a kick in the pants when they need it, like Scotty Bowman. That to me would be the perfect coach. His door is always open to lend an ear, but he's still tough at the same time."
The cast also got to rub elbows with hockey royalty in the form of Jean Beliveau himself.
"Jean was really impressed by our work. But seriously, his movie experience went extremely well. When you spend your career like he did with everyone chasing you trying to hit you, it's normal to be as calm under pressure as he was," laughed Legault of Beliveau's trademark poise before the camera. "We talked about hockey on the set all the time. Oddly enough, we talked about hockey today, but not really about his amazing career. I actually had to bring up his own career so we could talk about it a little."
That being said, Beliveau surely doesn't need any prodding to gush about his time on the silver screen.Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.See alsoMovie Theaters - Pour toujours les Canadiens My Playlist: Hal Gill Habs this week - Dec. 13, 2009 Benoit Pouliot to the Bulldogs for conditioning purposes The Last Word : Viggo Mortensen