Cinema: looking for two or three Guy Lafleur

Up to three different actors may need to be hired to play Guy Lafleur in the film about his life that could hit our screens by Christmas 2024.

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According to producer Christian Larouche, it will take one young actor to play Lafleur at pee age and another to play his junior internship with the Quebec Remparts.

The challenge is knowing if this second actor will also be able to play the blonde demon of the Canadian glory years.

“Will we be able to age our actor from 18 to 19 to bring him to 34 to 35? I am not sure. It will depend on who we find. Maybe we need three actors instead of two,” reflects Mr. Larouche.

The latter does not rule out wild casting, which means that the actor or actors selected may be completely unknown to the general public.

A physical resemblance is also essential for those who are cast as understudy to film the action scenes on ice, as Guy Lafleur was not wearing a hard hat.

Guy LafleurGuy Lafleur | 1951-2022

Mar. 30, 1991 – An ovation for Guy Lafleur in his last game at the Forum, wearing the Nordiques shirt. Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur during his years at Le Canadien Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur André Toto Gingras THE MONTREAL JOURNAL/QMI AGENCY

The Canadian Hockey Club presents the recipients of the 2017-2018 Guy-Lafleur Excellence and Merit Awards CHANTAL POIRIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL

Guy Lafleur during the final game of his farewell tour at the Bell Center on Sunday December 5, 2010. Sébastien St-Jean / 24Heures / Agency QMI

September 11, 1971 – On the eve of his first training camp with the Montreal Canadiens, Guy Lafleur took his first opportunity to skate on the Forum rink. In the photo he is with Jean Béliveau. Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Autographed photo of Guy Lafleur in his Quebec Remparts uniform courtesy

Guy Lafleur at the retirement evening of Guy Lafleur’s number 4 at the Slush Puppie Center in Gatineau on Wednesday 29th September 2021 MARTIN CHEVALIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL

Guy Lafleur and his banner as part of the retirement evening of Guy Lafleur’s number 4 at the Slush Puppie Center in Gatineau on Wednesday 29th September 2021 MARTIN CHEVALIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL

Guy Lafleur’s final game against the Quebec Nordiques on March 30, 1991 in Montreal Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Sculpture by Guy Lafleur in bronze Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur, Pee-Wee Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament Collection, Modern Photo Fund

Guy Lafleur, Pee-Wee Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament Collection, Modern Photo Fund

Guy Lafleur and the trophies of Art Ross, Conn Smythe and Lester B. Pearson, Montreal Forum, 1976 Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur, then a member of Team Canada, signs autographs during practice for the Canada Cup, Montreal 1976 Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

Chicago Blackhawks Guy Lafleur and goaltender Murray Bannerman #30, Montreal Forum 1980 Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur and goaltender Mike Palmateer of the Toronto Maple Leafs Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

March 7, 1975 – Guy Lafleur becomes the first player in Canadian history to score 100 points in a single season in an 8-4 win over the Washington Capitals Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur on the bench during Game 3 vs. Boston Bruins, Boston Gardens, 1977 Dick Raphael/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Announcing the first retirement of Guy Lafleur The Archives / The Journal of Montreal

The QMJHL restores Guy Lafleur’s number 4 on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at the Videotron Center in Quebec STEVENS LEBLANC / JOURNAL DE QUEBEC / QMI AGENCY

The film’s consultant, animator Michel Beaudry, sees another challenge: “Even if we find a good actor who can play hockey, he still has to be right-handed,” he points out.

That’s not all. In addition to finding Guy Lafleur, the production must identify those who will become Scotty Bowman, Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Steve Shutt, Michel Bergeron and all the other big names in hockey who rubbed shoulders with the famous number 10.

An awaited movie

Christian Larouche acknowledges that the pressure has increased since the death of the Quebec idol and that his film, whose screenplay will be signed by Luc Picard, is eagerly awaited.

“We’re tackling something big, even more so after his death, and [en raison de] the love his fans have given him. I have eight million viewers here, in addition to those in English Canada and around the world who will be watching us closely. We’ll make it, but it gets complicated. »

The artisans meet Guy Lafleur’s relatives. Luc Picard faced Yvan Cournoyer last week. Steve Shutt, his sons and his wife will also confide in the screenwriter.

The task is huge, but the producer believes he can shoot the film in 2024, aiming for a theatrical release around Christmas 2024.

“But we still have a long way to go before we get there. »


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