Guy Lafleur’s life on the big screen | have you seen?

I have chills running through my body. He is my idol, I grew up with him; when he played hockey, he wore his number. He was a real one who said what he thought. It’s like he just lost a member of my family.explains Christian Larouche, still in shock at the news of the death of the former number 10 of the Montreal Canadiens.

Christian Larouche tells us about his last meeting with the blonde demon.

The last time I had dinner with him, with his wife Lise and son Martin, to finalize our deal for the film, I was completely blown away by the character. This guy, who doesn’t train, had huge hands, muscular arms. Yes, he was an outstanding athlete. During the meal, he told us how he hid between periods to smoke, because he smoked like a chimney. He told us several anecdotes. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to get to know him more.

When we approach the film project, Christian Larouche admits that the challenge will be enormous.

From the beginning we know that we have enormous pressure, because we are talking about the idol of a people. And there we see it more and more with the testimonies that are breaking in: we have to make a film worthy of the tribute we have to pay to this man, but we also have to address the darkest areas.

It’s not just a white hat; it also had its flaws with the many escapades of it. We’re also going to show that on screen, with all due respect. »

a quote from Christian Larouche, producer

A first scenario at the end of summer

For several weeks, Guy Lafleur’s health had deteriorated; therefore, it was difficult to continue the meetings. But, as the producer admitted to us, most of the work was done.

Luc still managed to collect many testimonies from people who shared his life, in addition to the confessions of Guy Lafleur: Réjean Houle, Pierre Bouchard…

Last week he met Cournoyer, and he even met Guy Lafleur’s mother; her mother, 94 and fit, with Guy’s sisters in Thurso. She has a vitality, this woman; it does not mean anything! This surely explains Guy’s genetics and where all the energy in him came from!

We have practically finished the meetings; We still have some details to finalize, but we are starting to write and should have a first draft of the script in the summer.he continues.

Christian Larouche recounts how easily he was able to convince Guy Lafleur and his family to make this film.

He also admits that the blonde demon He did not want to avoid any aspect of his life and that everything could be told. She even insisted.

The first thing he said to me when I got to the restaurant: “Christian, listen to me, I don’t want a gray area. Let’s tell my story, I don’t hide. I had many escapes.” , I had affairs”, and his wife was presentremember.

And he added: “I want people to tell how my life has been and I have nothing to hide.” He really wanted us to be as honest as possible with the people who were going to see the movie. This respect for people is so true. The restaurant was packed, and all the time, people were coming to greet him. And he, even sick, spoke to them, signed autographs. That’s it, boy! For the film he insisted and said that he did not want any censorship. »

a quote from christian larouche

The first time I met him, I was terrified.

This is Luc Picard’s first reaction when we contact him by phone.

I was terrified and immediately felt the presence of the athlete that I still was, despite the years that had passed. I was impressed by this force of nature. At first it wasn’t easy to get him to talk, because as they say, he was a man of few words. Imagine: the first question I ask him when we meet for the first time, I ask him if he realized what he meant to Quebecers. His answer was “no”. That’s all!

“Do you have a second question?” then she answered. So I had to get the worms out of him to get to know this man better. Later, we had several encounters together, until he fell ill. Then she confided on the phone.

When we contacted him, Luc Picard was working on his script. He explained in what spirit he wanted to make this film.

It is the world of hockey that we will discover through the man. I want to get closer to what he was: an artist, a creator, with that feeling of freedom. A man who made his decisions and who was not afraid of anything or anyone. I also want to put myself on his shoulder, as he did the fans to which I will also give the floor. There is also life with his companions that I want to tell; Serge Savard, Larry Robinson and all those who shared his life. I also want to portray the guy who arrived five hours before the game in uniform and played Bmissing diamond with team staff. »

a quote from Luc Picard, actor, director and screenwriter

Guy Lafleur on the ice at the Montreal Forum on October 9, 1982 during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jean-Pierre Karsenty

We asked Luc Picard if he already had an idea of ​​who could play Guy Lafleur in his film.

We are not there yet, but it will be another challenge. at least you must know how to skatehe added humorously.

For those who think that everything is said about this Monumentas described by Christian Larouche and Luc Picard, they expect surprises and discover in the “Blonde Demon” other aspects of his life that have never been revealed.

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