Many people who are familiar with the Orangeville Roller Girls know that they love the movie Goon. The Canadian hockey cult classic is referenced in their coaching, team building, and even their pre- and post-game cheer. When the league found out that the sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, was being filmed just an hour away from Orangeville, ORG felt it was necessary to let the cast know of their unique connection to the movie. After putting together this video, ORG launched a small Twitter campaign to explain their passion for Goon and roller derby, and invite the cast and crew to the league’s July 25th double header between their all-star team Pulp Affliction and the Renegade Derby Dames’ Striking Vikings from Alliston, Ontario.
The response to the video was positive and immediate, and though ORG learned that the cast unfortunately couldn’t make it to the game due to prior commitments, the organizers generously offered the consolation prize of a trip to the set to watch filming and meet the cast!
On Tuesday August 4th, the Orangeville Roller Girls had the opportunity to visit the set of Goon: Last of the Enforcers at the Barrie Molson Centre and observe a pivotal scene being filmed on-ice as director Jay Baruchel added notes and, at one point, shouted cheerfully to his roller derby supporters in the stands.
Throughout the on-set visit, the league members got to interact and take pictures with the film’s fictional hockey team the Halifax Highlanders, including Marc-André Grondin (aka Xavier Laflamme), George Tchortov (Evgeni Yakovlena), Richard Clarkin (Gord Ogilvy), Karl Graboshas (Oleg Yakovlena), Jonathan Cherry (Marc Belchior), and Doug Glatt himself, Sean William Scott. Sean’s dog, Dude, seemed to have also been a big hit with everyone!
The roller derby players from Pulp Affliction and Fox Force Five all had a fantastic time on set and assured the cast they all had free lifetime admission to any ORG game.
The Orangeville Roller Girls would like to thank everyone involved in making this very memorable experience a reality. All of the cast and crew were incredibly generous and welcoming, and the Orangeville Rollergirls can’t wait to make a group outing to see Goon: Last of the Enforcers when it hits theatres in 2016!
Images from the Orangeville Roller Girls’ Visit to the set of Goon: Last of the Enforcers