Hockey comedy 'Goon' named 2012's biggest English-language homegrown smash
In this film image released by Magnolia Pictures, Liev Schreiber, left, and Seann William Scott are shown in a scene from 'Goon.' (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Magnolia Pictures)
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2013 1:45PM EDT
TORONTO -- Jay Baruchel says he hopes the financial success of his hockey comedy "Goon" will help stem Canada's talent "brain drain" to Hollywood.
The Montreal-based actor is in Toronto to accept Telefilm's Golden Box Office prize for last year's on-ice smash.
Telefilm says "Goon" collected $4.1 million at Canadian theatres in 2012, more than any other homegrown English-language feature film that year.
The annual prize comes with a $20,000 cash award for the winning film's director and a $20,000 cash prize for the writers.
Baruchel, who co-wrote the film with "Pineapple Express" and "Superbad" scribe Evan Goldberg, accepted a giant novelty cheque along with "Goon" director Michael Dowse at Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame.
Baruchel, who is working on a sequel to "How To Train Your Dragon," says he's proud to work in his homeland and would like to see more actors with Hollywood success do the same.
"Goon" was a box office hit from the moment it opened in February 2012, beating out Hollywood imports its first weekend out.
Seann William Scott starred as a bouncer-turned-hockey-enforcer who muscles his way through the minor leagues. Baruchel co-starred alongside Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy, Alison Pill and Marc-Andre Grondin.
Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower and co-stars Grondin, David Paetkau, George Tchortov and Richard Clarkin were also at Tuesday's awards presentation.