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Eugene Levy Joins Hockey Comedy ‘Goon’ Starring Jay Baruchel & Seann William Scott

Eugene Levy Joins Hockey Comedy 'Goon' Starring Jay Baruchel & Seann William Scott

Well, at least Seann William Scott and the former SCTV actor will have a pre-existing rapport/can probably reminiscence about some dick joke from “American Pie.” Eugene Levy has joined the cast of Goon,” the upcoming hockey comedy written by Evan Goldberg (“Superbad,” “The Green Hornet“) and Jay Baruchel and directed by Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse (“Fubar,” “It’s All Gone Pete Tong“).

Already starring Baruchel (“Undeclared,” “Knocked Up,” “Shes Out Of My League“), the cast also includes Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill and Marc-Andre Grondin.

Discussing the project earlier this year, Baruchel said,”We like to think of [“Goon”] as a funnier ‘Raging Bull.’ It’s real mean, and it’s truthful, and it’s everything hockey is without any of the bullshit sports movie clichés, and it is dead funny. Lot of swears, that’s a hard R. It’s a very crass movie, there are something like 20 fights in it, but it’s the badass movie that hockey fans have been waiting to see their whole lives. It will be by far the best hockey movie since ‘Slapshot.’ Hockey fans have needed one for a long time, it’s a sport that movies never do well. Ours will be a fucking movement.”

The screenplay was evidently inspired by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio‘s book “Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey Into Minor League Hockey.” “Goon” is currently shooting in Winnipeg, Canada and revolves around a “slacker and born brawler who’s invited to join a minor league hockey team. Persuaded by his best friend to accept the offer, he becomes the hero of the team — until the league’s reigning goon decides to take him down.” Hmm, let’s hope it avoids most sports cliches (as that log-line doesn’t) and is more “Slapshot,” than “The Mighty Ducks.”

If you’re wondering about Seann William Scott and that other hockey movie he was linked to, Kevin Smith‘s “Hit Somebody,” it looks like that movie is a bit of a way off with the director revealing he won’t get to it until mid-2011 at the earliest, once he’s done with “Red State.” [Variety]

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