Back on the streets

DAVE 'CRASH' CAMERON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

Cabbie: The Movie. Or maybe a TV series. Everybody Loves Cabbie.

That's the goal for the Score network's man on the street.

"I'm going to try and get my Denzel Washington on!" Cabbie said this week, explaining the game plan.

Back with the Score, Cabbie (Cabral is what his mom named him. The licence bureau knows him as Cabral Richards) is doing what he did originally, doing what he does well: talking to people on the street.

"I was gone for 2 1/2 years. I went and did that other thing, the NBA thing on Sportsnet, which was really cool, but it just got to the point where I just wanted to do my own thing and be able to focus on acting. Which is what my dream is, where my career will certainly lead after this."

It'll be New York or L.A., says Cabbie.

"When I went over to Sportsnet, that was a greater commitment of my time, so I wasn't available to do as many acting jobs and auditions."

In a business that is still predominantly made of 40-somethin' suburban white guys who can't jump (guilty), Cabbie does his thing in the multicultural heartbeat of a melting-pot nation: Downtown Toronto.

It's also his home.

"I was born in one of those downtown hospitals.

"That's where I live, that's where I hang out, that's where I chase girls. Everything.

"Even the station is downtown. It takes me about 20 minutes to walk."

The gig is a simple matter of a little brainstorming with his producer, Dave Cricks. That would be his man "D."

Then he grabs his eyes, cameraman Brian Roy (that would be his man "B") and they hit it.

"I'll just call him like, 'Yo, B. Tomorrow we're going out 3 o'clock. Be at my place. We're ready to go. B's like, 'Cool,' and he's on it."

Cabbie's shy and introverted personality does the rest.

"We'll just like go to, say, like Eaton Center, or, 'Let's go to Yorkville,' or Young and Bloor ... Sometimes we can walk, other times either we just jump on the train or someone will drive.

"But we kinda keep it downtown.

"A big thing we do is hit college campuses. Because students are kind of funny. And they're generally not as afraid to be on camera. I think there's kind of a comfort level there, too, because I'm just a few years removed from school. And people that are in university and college are generally the people who really dig my stuff. So I kick it with them quite a bit."

CABBIE ON JUST GETTIN' ALONG: "I don't know about Edmonton, but in Toronto, certainly now, everybody hangs with everybody. We have like every possible kind of mix and ethnicity and everybody kind of chills together.

"It's like totally different dymnamic. And I know that those guys that are in the CFL totally appreciate that. And that's probably why a lot of them stay."

There's a similar vibe with some of the Raptors, Cabbie says.

"A lot of players love Toronto. And a lot of the guys that play here, stay here in the summertime. Like I'll see MoPete in the summer. I saw Vince a bunch of times. I think even Jalen was back and forth last year.

"That's what we do as Canadians. We just adopt anybody. If you spend a little bit of time here, we'll adopt you."

ON HOOPS IN THE BIG SMOKE: "It's still a hockey town ... But in Toronto, basketball has a community, especially among young people. I don't know about old-school cats, but definitely in the younger ages."

ON HIS MAN 'H': "Hugh Hefner, man, that guy's a legend! He's what every man aspires to be! It's the dream scenario."

ON HIS PARKA: "Brothers, we overcompensate. It's a little bit cold, we put on a big jacket! I just gotta make sure I'm extra nice and crispy."

ON HIS GIG: "My boss, I guess it's the trust factor ... he's not a micromanager, that's for sure. Which works for me.

"He gives me the trust and I have to deliver the product.

"That's great thing for me. I know it doesn't really work that way everywhere else but, you know, I guess he's got some faith in the kid."


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