Locals role along for movie scene

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

After all the success he's had as a major junior hockey team owner, Jeff Hunt is taking his act behind the bench.

Oh, he's no Jerry Jones. He's not about to replace the legendary Brian Kilrea. But he is going to play a coach in a "major motion picture."

Bon Cop/Bad Cop is a Canadian-made bilingual production which will be released by Alliance Atlantis in theatres across the county next summer.

Colm Feore, who portrayed Pierre Trudeau in the TV mini-series three years ago, and popular Quebec actor Patrick Huard star as detectives hunting a serial killer in an action comedy along the same lines as Lethal Weapon.

In keeping with its roots, Bon Cop/Bad Cop has a hockey subplot.

Which brings us to Hunt.

For a playoff-game scene between Toronto and Montreal, the movie's makers naturally wanted hockey players to look as much like hockey players as possible.

Unable to get the pros, they turned to the next best thing. Hunt was called and basically asked if he'd like to try his hand at casting.

"They wanted me to recruit the necessary hockey components," he said yesterday. "The players, the refs, the trainers, the coaches, the mascots, the cheerleaders ...

"I'm going to be the coach of Montreal, and I'm probably going to have every ex-pro in Ottawa you can think of on my team."

The list of former NHLers taking part includes Brad Marsh, Laurie Boschman, Bill Kitchen, Rob Murphy, Shawn Rivers and Corey Foster. The 67's will be represented by the likes of Danny Battochio, Chris Hulit, Julian Talbot and Bryan Bickell.

Coaching the Toronto team is 67's assistant Bert O'Brien. Hunt's assistant coach is his brother, Alex, while O'Brien's will be the notorious Stuntman Stu, from The Bear.

And with small, but extremely vital roles as team trainers will be a couple of your favourite Ottawa Sun sportswriters.

"We're just going to have some fun with it," said Kitchen, who spent NHL time with both the Maple Leafs and Habs. "Nobody's been too far down this road before."

Few of them have even seen that sidewalk.

Meanwhile, you too can be a non-paid (except for some grub) but potentially famous "extra."

SHOT AT COREL CENTRE

The hockey scene will be shot tomorrow at the Corel Centre, starting at 5 p.m. and running as late as midnight, and fans are needed to sit in the seats for the close-up shots.

Hunt hopes anywhere from 500-1,000 people will show up to play the crowd, but in Hockey Country, that sounds like modest expectations.

"We've all done some pretty cool things before," Hunt said of his already-assembled cast.

"But nobody has ever been in a major motion picture before. It should be fun."

As will the premiere, and walking down that red carpet.


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