Biographical film about Guy Lafleur Finding the right ‘boy’ will be a ‘big’ challenge

After asking our readers which actor they would like to play Guy Lafleur in the film to be dedicated to him, the names came out flying like balls in front of the net. Producer Christian Larouche, himself curious about the results, wanted to take a look while talking about the delicate art of discovering rare pearls capable of reviving Quebec sacred monsters.

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Sylvain Sarrazin

Sylvain Sarrazin
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Who would thrill the audience taking on the role of the Blonde Demon? Readers’ hearts press clearly anon by Luc Picard, also screenwriter of the film in preparation. To a lesser extent, actors Sébastien Delorme and Maxime Le Flaguais are also appreciated.

Names that certainly leave you dreaming, but producer Christian Larouche unfortunately has to bring us back to earth, because the choice will be marked by crucial criteria, including age.

“The public does not have these elements in hand, but the film will start with Guy at the age of pie-wee, in As de Québec at the age of 18-19, then at the end of his career at the age of 35-40. old maximum. “We will not go higher than that,” he said in an interview press, thus excluding Luc Picard from the beginning – even with a lot of makeup! “He will surely play another role in the film”, he consoles us, while confessing that among the suggestions of readers he has seen “interesting names”, with the right age, like those of Henry Picard – Luc’s son – or Antoine Olivier Pilon.


PHOTO MARTIN CHAMBERLAND, PRESS ARCHIVES

Christian Larouche, who will produce the biographical film about Guy Lafleur, has good experience in finding the ideal actor to portray the role of a Quebec icon, like Louis Cyr or Gerry Boulet.

“There is a great deal of difficulty, because you have to remember that Guy was 6 ft 2 inches tall and had blonde hair, even though it works. Even for the outfit it will be hard to find because Guy was playing without a helmet, “slips the producer. And speaking of sliding, skating skills will be an important asset and will be improved with intense training, especially since that period were very different from those of today.

One click for a subtle choice

Since the announcement of the biographical film preparation after Lafleur’s death, Christian Larouche and Luc Picard have been under increasing pressure, knowing that the choice of the lead, fundamental role will be considered by millions of pairs of eyes.


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Guy Lafleur, in 1991, with Quebec Nordiques. He was 39 at the time.

An exercise in which the producer is spoiled after having already tackled castings to uncover the cinematic incarnations of Quebec sacred monsters like Louis Cyr or Gerry Boulet, while continuing to actively seek out a Gilles Villeneuve and a Diane Dufresne for films biographical (BIOGRAPHICAL) immediate. How to extract these rare pearls?

“It’s so essential, finding the right person is the challenge. Above all we will look for a good actor. “For this kind of film, everything is on his shoulders, he must have charisma”, explains Mr. Larouche. Next, a large parade takes place, waiting for a click. The producer recalls the auditions for Gerry, where a veritable procession of actors was sifted, in line with a curious ritual: for their part, they wore a high-end wig (at almost $ 15,000!) that reproduced the musician’s mane, which served as Excalibur. “It’s funny, we knew Mario Saint-Amand was a bit like Gerry, but we didn’t think it would be him, we thought he was too old for the role. But when he put on the wig, everything changed. It was him, “says Christian Larouche.


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Mario Saint-Amand was not initially expected to play Gerry Boulet. But a simple wig, combined with her talent, made her the main production choice.

With his team and directors, he will look for the same kind of trigger for the essential roles of this trio of biographical films in preparation. “When you see it, you know it, you feel it. “We hope to get there in the same way when we go to get our Guy Lafleur or Diane Dufresne,” he said.

Our readers would love to see them as Guy Lafleur

  • Luc Picard came out on top in the votes of La Presse readers, who pointed out his resemblance to the Demon Bond.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS ARCHIVES

    Luc Picard easily came out on top in the readers’ votes press, who noted his resemblance to the Bond Demon. “I would see Luc Picard myself. Honest, charismatic and windy hair! “, Hopes for example Serge Trudeau. The problem, and this one is big, is that the film will focus mainly on the player’s green years. Consolation prize: it will certainly play another role in the film, to be determined, Christian Larouche told us.

  • Sébastien Delorme, photographed here in 2016, has also been quoted a lot, but even here, age puts him out of competition.  In addition, a duet with his son Thomas is constantly mentioned by our readers.

    PHOTO OLIVIER PONTBRIAND, PRESS ARCHIVES

    Sébastien Delorme, photographed here in 2016, has also been quoted a lot, but even here, age puts him out of competition. In addition, a duet with his son Thomas is constantly mentioned by our readers. “Thomas and Sébastien Delorme, cute smiles like Guy Lafleur’s,” says Sylvie Montreuil, for example.

  • Doesn't that blonde mane remind anyone?

    PHOTO HUGO-SÉBASTIEN AUBERT, ARCHIVES LA PRESSE

    Doesn’t that blonde mane remind anyone? “I think Maxime Le Flaguais has the ideal profile to play Guy Lafleur. It has the physique, the aroma and above all the beautiful blonde hair of the blonde Demon “, proposes Claude Allaire together with other readers. The actor has not yet crossed the 40-year mark, which could effectively make him a candidate for the role of hockey player at the end of his career… but the water would have flowed under the bridges at the time of film production. Can a make-up stroke work wonders?

  • A place for young people!  They will be the ones who will be targeted primarily for casting.  Antoine Olivier Pilon, who will soon be 25, has won a place in the voting rankings.  Our readers point out that he has already played roles as a hockey player, in Les Pee-Wee 3D and Major Junior.  His quasi-homonym Antoine Pilon also garnered his share of the vote.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, PRESS

    A place for young people! They will be the ones who will be targeted primarily for casting. Antoine Olivier Pilon, who will soon be 25, has won a place in the voting rankings. Our readers point out with importance that he has already played roles as a hockey player, in 3D Pee-Wee AND Major Junior. His quasi-homonym Antoine Pilon also garnered his share of the vote.

  • Pier-Luc Funk turned regularly to suggestions.  Well, one of our readers points out that it would take his nose a little to get fatter to look more like number 10, but many appreciate his scent.

    PHOTO HUGO-SÉBASTIEN AUBERT, ARCHIVES LA PRESSE

    Pier-Luc Funk turned regularly to suggestions. Well, one of our readers points out that it would take his nose a little to get fatter to look more like number 10, but many appreciate his scent.

  • Determinedly, the audience seems to have a penchant for the father-son duo in view of this film.  Some readers quoted the name of Henry Picard, Luc's son, to embody the hockey legend in his youth.

    PHOTO DAVID BOILY, PRESS ARCHIVES

    Determinedly, the audience seems to have a penchant for the father-son duo in view of this film. Some readers quoted the name of Henry Picard, Luc’s son, to embody the hockey legend in his youth.

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