Michael Dowse, who most recently directed the 80s' flashback comedy Take Me Home Tonight, is also behind the anticipated hockey expose Goon, which stars Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel in a loose adaptation of the novel Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, written by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio.
We chatted with Michael Dowse about Goon, how fucking awesome and violent it is, and the fact that Kevin Smith also has a similar movie coming out soon that was once, too, set to star Seann William Scott.
Here is that conversation.
You are currently shooting Goon now, right?
Michael Dowse: I am in the last three weeks of post on that one, yeah.
Can you give us a little hint as to what we can expect?
Michael Dowse: It's a fantastic movie. I am very excited about it. It's basically about a small town American bouncer who gets discovered at a hockey game as a pugilist. As a fighter. He helps a last place hokey team get into the playoffs. Its my Raging Bull on Ice. It is quite violent. It's very funny. Seann William Scott gives an amazing performance in it. Liev Schreiber is in it, he's great. We also got Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel, and Eugene Levy. That's a great cast. I really love the movie. It is hyper-violent and hyper-funny.
When did you guys shoot this?
Michael Dowse: It was in November and December of last year. It is based on this guy who was a Goon in the East Coast hockey league. A little bit in the NHL. I think he was a mall cop and a former boxer from a Boston suburb. He got invited in and started being a Goon in these hockey leagues. But this is a very loose adaptation, based on the novel called Goon.
Was it weird for you to see Kevin Smith start up a similar project, which was at one time also supposed to star Seann William Scott?
Michael Dowse: Yeah, that was a little strange to hear that. I am happy that Seann is in my film. That is for sure. I don't think he is doing that other one. I think Kevin Smith has cast his film. But, yeah, we'll see. I love my film! I am not sure what Kevin is going to do with his yet. Just know that my film is fucking awesome. It'll happen!
When are going to see Goon?
Michael Dowse: I'm not quite sure. We are just now putting the finishing touches on the edit right now. I think we will premiere it at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) this year, if everything goes right. Then it can come out anytime after that. I think it transcends any sort of hockey movie. It's much more of a sports comedy.