The CAPTAIN CANUCK "Movie" Page
This was a page I had toyed with doing for many months -- a kind of
all in fun, what if there was
a Captain Canuck movie...? page. Well,
(July 2005) it has been announced that Richard Comely has signed a deal
with a production company and there is talk of both a movie
an animated series. Obviously, this is tentative. Just
a deal has been signed, or C.C. has been "optioned", doesn't mean a
will actually be made. But it does mean it's a possibility. So, just
fun, I've decided to do a page speculating about such a
And if you want to know more about these people, check out Northern
Canadian Guide to the Movies & TV and the Internet Movie
And if you aren't familiar with these comic book characters, check
my pages on heroes and villains
of Captain Canuck.
First off...Casting! ****
At the moment, I'm sticking to "Canadian" actors in my
is a loosely defined definition, I know, since people both emigrate to,
from, the country. I'll also list movies/TV shows where you can check
appropriate performances (I'm not saying whether the movies themselves
are great, merely that it might give you an idea as to whether the
could play the part in question).
Since there have been three different Captain
a movie might feature any one of them...or a fourth interpretation
(although the original version is still the one most people think of
they think of the character). But since this site is focused to a large
extent on the original C.C. -- that's the one we'll consider. So who
play Captain Canuck/Tom Evans, hero of millions and champion of Canada?
Well, as a kid I was always rather impressed with the
of Captain Canuck being "part Indian", referred to in a couple of
Some dialogue indicated that he was visibly part Indian (or metis) and
he was often coloured darker than the other characters. I
of get the impression not everyone thinks of C.C. that way, so I
that's not really going to be seen as important in any casting
But that's how I envisioned the character reading the comics as a kid
and since I'm speculating about a "dream" movie, I'm factoring that
in...because what's more quintessentially Canadian than a multilingual
metis super hero?
So who could be short-listed as possible candidates for C.C....?
Since I first posted this "what if..." page a couple of years ago, another actor has come along who might shoulder his way to the upper echelons of candidates. Tahmoh Penikett probably has one of the best physiques for the job of the actors on this list, and even has a bit of that signature George Freeman-drawn lantern jaw. Penikett doesn't quite have that "part Indian" look attributed to the character -- except, I think I read that he really is part Native Indian! How perfect is that? Hmmm...wonder how good his French is? Penikett also has experience playing heroes with a lot of moral tenacity in series like the revised Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse -- and though those series are more "cult" shows than mainstream hits, nonetheless a sci-fi fandom recognition factor might not be a bad thing when doing a super hero/sci-fi movie.
(picture from www.raoultrujilloinfo.com) also comes prominently to mind.
Trujillo (he's played everything from psycho villains to sex symbols to
nice guys and leading man hero types) is Native Indian, of wildly mixed
ancestry (I think everything from French to Mexican Indian). With a
background as a
he probably still has the physique (or could get back into shape).
plus: Trujillo, I think, speaks French (at least he did in L'autumn
ideal for our bilingual hero. Negative: he might be pushing the top end
of an appropriate age for the character. Viewings: episodes of Destiny
Ridge. TV movies Black Fox, Trial at Fortitude Bay and Betrayal.
Beach, another Native actor, Beach has been getting some
high profile work even in American movies like Windtalkers and a series
of TV movies based on Tony Hillerman's Reservation-set mysteries.
Beach definitely has grown as an actor and these days has that
hero-thing going for him (investing a lot of
compassion and heroic determination to some of his roles) -- plus he's
got that Tom Cruise smile that should impress the ladies. Viewings: The Art of Woo, Harry's Case, Skinwalkers, A
Thief of Time, Coyote Waits.
But, as I said, I suspect there are a lot of people who don't really focus on the "part Indian" thing, so who else would be an obvious front runner?
Gross, naturally. Probably English-Canada's biggest domestic
star, Gross has the heroic looks and the considerable talent to play
about any part. Plus: he's famous and has already played an iconic hero
(Due South). Negative: he's already played an iconic hero. Viewings:
Due South, Buried on Sunday, the TV series Slings & Arrows.
Of course if you're thinking of an animated series, so the actor doesn't have to quite fit the physical type (ie: can be getting a bit older) a front runner in my mind would be metis actor Tom Jackson, who's got that great, bass voice. In fact, if Richard Comely were to sit down with CBC Radio and try and sell them on doing a radio play/series based on CC (I'm a big propponent of radio drama) Jackson would also be my numero uno choice. Viewings: North of 60, Trial by Fire.
Other names that might make a short list for a live action movie
would be Nathaniel Arcand, Steve Bacic, Roy Dupuis, Peter Kelly
Gaudreault, Peter Outerbridge, Chris Potter, Ryan Reynolds or maybe newer
talent like David Alpay or Stephen Lobo.
a movie employed Gold as the foe, someone like Michael Ironside
would be an obvious choice as a default villain actor (though
a heckuva lot more versatile than that). But physically, I've always
that Winston Rekert (pictured) looks a little like Gold, and
might be an interesting
casting-against-type choice (Rekert often more associated with hero
And having once starred in the spy series Adderly, it might be fun
Rekert play the heavy opposite another spy/hero. Rekert could also
that rough, self-made man air I associate with the character.
Obviously, a lot of these characters are sufficiently
appearing in only a few issues) that there's a lot of latitude in
casting. But I've always thought Laurie Holden
would make an ideal Heather. Trivia note: Holden acted with Raoul
in the TV series Destiny Ridge. Viewings: TekWar: Teklab, The Majestic, various X-Files episodes.
Kebec and Redcoat are kind of
hard to pin-down parts (heroes, but sidekicks) -- maybe for Redcoat David Alpay (Ararat, Whiskey Echo) -- whom I also mentioned
in my list of possible CC actors -- or even Rainbow Sun
(yeah, the ethnicites wrong, but in Stargate: Atlantis
has already tackled the "slightly green, junior officer" part) and, oh,
I dunno, Marcel Jennin (Snakes & Ladders) for Kebec.
General Sunn: Someone venerable -- say, Gordon Pinsent, or if you've got the money, Donald Sutherland. Someone you could bill as "and ___ as General Sunn". Less famous, but adept at playing authority/boss figures, is Serge Houde. Burly Jacques Godin has the grizzled features of the character (as he was drawn in later issues) -- sure, we all assumed Sunn was an anglophone but, really, do we know? I mean, what sort of a name is "Sunn" anyway? Actually, ignoring ethnicity, I'd lean heavily towards Gordon Tootoosis as someone who might suit the character quite well.
Lord West: Christopher Plummer or Gordon Pinsent (again). Though Canada has a lot of English-born actors, so maybe it would be appropriate to look for someone from that pool (Chris Wiggins leaps to mind).
Stardance: Again, not necessarily a clearly defined character, or physical type (other than ethnicity). I'd lean towards Lorne Cardinal.
I've often felt that super hero movies tend, too often, to be super
hero movies, rather than movies that happen to be about super heroes.
that I mean, most super hero movies are often poorly plotted and
where if the story wasn't about a man in a costume with powers, it
wouldn't have been made. Makers of a C.C. movie should try and focus on
coming up with a good plot, first, regardless of
the hero wears tights (particularly as the character alone might not
attract a big audience). Think spy movies like James Bond or Mission: Impossible. Or, since a recurring theme in C.C. was one of paranoia,
maybe some sort of conspiracy plot would be appropriate, with Mr. Gold
plotting a coup. Or a movie could take its cue from the Chariots of
issues #11-13), and do a thing about mind control, maybe in an Invasion
Body Snatchers/Puppet Master way. I don't mean all the space battle
stuff used in the comics
(probably too expensive), but do a story set on earth about CC
mind-control within CISO.
Oh, I dunno. How about...me. Okay, just kidding (sort of, though feel free to check out my writing credits here). I suppose we could look to Canadian-born Hollywood scriptwriter Graham Yost (Speed) or Paul Haggis (Due South). But, you know, I almost wonder if the writing team of Paul Gross (yeah, the actor) and John Krizanc might warrant a phone call. They've already tackled THE Canadian buddy comedy (Men With Brooms) and THE Canadian political thriller (H2O) -- maybe they'd been intrigued to take a whack at Canada's most famous super hero? Would Gross be willing to write it if he didn't get to star? Dunno.
Tough one. It's not like Canada doesn't have some experienced action
movie directors -- Christian Duguay and TJ Scott come to mind. But,
what? I really, really don't like their style (all pretentious
at me!" slow motion and swinging cameras). Not directors you want for
plot and characterization. Maybe Hollywood heavyweight
and comic book fan James Cameron -- if
dreaming big. But I'm pretty sure ex-patriate Cameron has next to no
interest in revisiting
his Canadian roots. Maybe Charles Biname (H20, Seraphin).
Just for pure stylish gloss, Guy
Dufaux (Jesus de Montreal) is always a good bet...but it would
depend on what the
filmmaker's are going for.
Hard to say, since a good composer is often someone you don't
notice, and it depends on the tone of the movie (action vs. suspense,
jaunty vs. sombre). But I seem to recall thinking Lawrence Shragge (the John
Rhys-Davies/David Warner version of The Lost World) has done some nice
melodies for adventure-type movies.
More thoughts when they come to me...