Luc Picard advances in the writing of a film about Guy Lafleur

A first draft of the script for a film dedicated to Guy Lafleur should be ready next summer, its author, actor Luc Picard, announced on Radio-Canada on Friday.

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As part of the project, launched in 2020 by Christian Larouche of Christal Films Productions with the agreement of the Lafleur family, Luc Picard spoke with the Canadian’s former number 10, who has just died at the age of 70 as a result of lung cancer . . “I have not been able to meet him several times, but what emanated from him was above all a physical strength, despite his illness,” Luc Picard launched on the radio program. penelope.

Hurt like all Quebecers by the announcement of the death of the “Blonde Devil” on Friday, the actor and screenwriter said he was currently searching for the essence of the character. “He’s a man of few words, basically, with a kind of French-Canadian humility. The same thing we feel in Maurice Richard…”

My intuition is to start from the intimate… from the poetry of movement, of gesture, and juxtapose that with everything that it represented for the public.

Luc Picard, actor and screenwriter

The actor who will play the famous player on the big screen has not yet been chosen. “Obviously it won’t be me,” said Luc Picard. We don’t even know when we’re going to shoot the movie…”

A huge impact on Quebec culture

Adored for his exploits on the ice, Guy Lafleur has already inspired a generation of Quebec artists who have portrayed him in their songs, writings and paintings.

For Quebecers who saw him grow up in the media from his first exploits as a pee-pee player, “he was a close friend for 60 years,” says Benoît Melançon, professor of literary studies and cultural history at the University of Montreal.

“There are not many people who can claim such duration, continues the professor. We saw him grow up, a 10-year-old boy, with the Canadian in the 70s, then we saw him have a disrupted family life, be sick… He is a very familiar person who has always been characterized by his accessibility. »


Guy Lafleur during a blood drive at the Bell Center in 2012.

Guy Lafleur was the guy who greeted you at his restaurant, who signed autographs everywhere for whoever wanted them.

Benoît Melançon, professor

Benoît Melançon has found fifteen pieces of music that pay homage to the player, including a little-known piece by Robert Charlebois (and Luc Plamondon) entitled Champion. “ Weaving made his way / To the Montreal Forum / To meet overnight / Among the stars of the National League “Charlebois sings about the player.

In the 1970s, folk singer Oscar Thiffault also rewrote a song dedicated 20 years earlier to Maurice Richard to pay tribute to Guy Lafleur’s talent, the professor notes. “ It’s Maurice Richard who’s so popular/It’s Maurice Richard who scores all the time “so he became” It’s Ti-Guy Lafleur who’s so popular/It’s Ti-Guy Lafleur who scores all the time. »

In 1979, Guy Lafleur himself released a rather amazing disco album, in which he gave his advice to young musicians. The one that many called an artist (on ice) was also represented in poetry, especially in English Canada, where his skill also amazed.

Visual artist Serge Lemoyne, whose “Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” series honoring the Habs made history, also dedicated three of his paintings to Guy Lafleur. His status as “the greatest of all Quebecers” is even mentioned in the feminist feature film. red Kitchen, signed with Paule Baillargeon and Frédérique Collin and released in 1980. “It’s still pretty amazing in a film like this!” laughs Mr. Melançon.

After Maurice Richard and Jean Béliveau, Guy Lafleur is the last of the great hockey players to have a lasting impact on popular culture, says Professor Melançon, author of a biography of Richard. “His death closes a chapter in Quebecers’ relationship with sport,” he said. Everything has changed since then, the media, the relationship with money… It’s hard for me to imagine a fourth musketeer. Since Lafleur, in any case, there has been nothing like it. »

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