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Posted on 11/24/2006 2:32:49 PM PST by GMMAC
Movie features gay Leaf
NHL, Leafs give flick full support
Due out in theatres next December
Toronto red Star
Nov. 24, 2006. 08:23 AM
The appearance of the first gay Toronto Maple Leaf will be groundbreaking, even if it is only in celluloid.
Actor Tom Cavanaugh plays a gay ex-Leaf in a comedy film Breakfast With Scot currently being shot in the GTA and Hamilton. He's one-half of a homosexual couple his partner is the team lawyer whose lives are turned upside down after becoming guardians of Scot, "a budding queen of an 11-year-old boy," according to the storyline.
What makes this movie even more unique is that the NHL and the Maple Leafs part of a sport where no player has ever come out of the closet have given the filmmakers their blessing to use their logos and uniforms. The Leafs have even agreed to let them do some filming with them at the end of a practice next month.
Cavanaugh, a huge hockey fan who was born in Ottawa, admits to being shocked they got the go-ahead from the league and Leaf brass. He vividly recalls his first thought when he read the script a year ago and saw in the opening scene that his character, Eric McNally, was a Maple Leaf.
"I never in a million years thought when we finally went to shooting we'd be donning Leaf sweaters," Cavanaugh said yesterday. "I thought it'd be that thing where it's the Toronto Razorbacks or whatever. There's something instant to the viewer when you put on a Leafs jersey or any Original Six jersey.
"It's harder to tell the story asking the public to remember this is supposed to be the NHL, even though we have to call it the NHA. You have to give full credit to the NHL and the Leafs for signing on. It also shows the possibility for if someone were to come out, perhaps it wouldn't be as big a deal as we think."
That remains to be seen, of course.
Leafs general manager John Ferguson, for his part, said it wasn't hard for them to give the project the go-ahead after it got the green light from the NHL, which had screened the script.
"On our end, we're certainly not trying to make a statement," said Ferguson. "We agreed to host them and we're comfortable with it."
Don Cherry, on the other hand, may not be quite as comfortable.
"I know that Gary Bettman wanted a kinder and gentler league, but this is too much," a laughing Cherry told the Star's Chris Zelkovich.
Olympic swim champion Mark Tewksbury, a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation, said pro hockey has yet to be put to the acid test.
"It would be interesting to see how they would react if it was non-fiction," said Tewksbury, a Calgary native. "I think it's really great that they are supporting it. I know it's an iconic team, but I think it makes sense this is happening in Canada because we've been far ahead on these issues. The Montreal Canadiens would also probably have agreed. Calgary Flames, I'm not so sure about."
Darryl Sittler and Mats Sundin, past and current Leaf captains, are in favour of the project, which is due in theatres next Christmas.
"Obviously, it's the real world we live in and I have no issues with it at all," said Sittler. "To me, those things have come a long way and they should."
Sundin seemed taken aback at the notion of the movie, but said it was "exciting" for the Leafs to be involved in any kind of movie.
"There's never been a gay hockey player come out that I know of," Sundin told the Star's Kevin McGran. "I'm sure it's going to be talked about."
That's what producer Paul Brown is hoping for, though he's quick to point out the movie's goal is to entertain, not be laden with messages.
"It's all done with situational comedy, like how do you raise this kid when you're embarrassed to take him to school, and he's prancing around saying, `Go Panthers,' when the team's about to go to a basketball game," said Brown.
"It's a very roundabout way of tackling issues. If films become issue driven, the broader audiences for the most part become turned off of them. When you watched Bend It Like Beckham, did it become an issue movie about interracial friendships? To me, it didn't because it worked on so many levels. It became a movie about two girls on a soccer team. To us, that's sort of what we're trying to achieve."
Eric McNally, the ex-Maple Leaf played by Cavanaugh, doesn't want anyone to know about his homosexuality, but that begins to change when he becomes a guardian of young Scot, who is wrestling with his own sexuality issues. It forces him to confront what it was like for him growing up, knowing he was gay and playing a sport where it wasn't talked about and he had to suppress his feelings.
"Sports is almost like the last bastion for that hurdle to be cleared in many ways," said Cavanaugh. "It's kind of an unwritten rule in sports circles that it's just not talked about, it's just not as accepted as it is in normal society. It's a strange thing. Hockey is no different.
"One of the most interesting questions to me is how is the media going to handle it if not just a hockey name but a pre-eminent hockey name comes out and says, `I was gay.' A couple of NFL linemen have come out post-career and said, `Yeah, I was gay,' but they didn't make that disclosure during their career because in their words it would have been `suicide.'"
Oh, Gawd. I hate PC.
Toronto red Star. LOL!
As if I needed another reason to have no use for the Leafs. ;-)
IOW, they made the pro-homo-pedo statement without even trying.
Lends a new meaning to the term "Back Bacon", eh ?
I think the Chargers already beat them to it.
I always cheer for the Habs anyway.
I think the Chargers already beat them to it.
LOL, good one.
LOL. Good thing they didn't do it about English football, then.
Lol I know, that's why I said it. (and I like football, or what we call soccer, although I get grief about that on FR)
A wet dream for the flamming stars in this movie who are waiting until he reaches "age of consent", which in this movie is 12 years old, which is in keeping with the political goals of the gay and lesbian movement (to lower age of consent).
This "movie" should be banned.
I just want Alberta to be a free republic of its own...
Actor Tom Cavanaugh plays an ex-Leaf
who doesnt want anyone to know about
his homosexuality in the comedy Breakfast
with Scot. - RUSS MARTIN PHOTO
Canada was not founded on christian foundings like America was so this does not surprise me. I don't want it in America but what other countries do especially since a lot of other countries are socialist does not bother me as much. Keep it in Canada though. lol.
You've got to be joking. Where do you think our forefathers came from, India?
Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law
I remember growing up here in Ontario under the Blue Laws.
It wasn't until 1985 that the Canadian Supreme Court in their infinite capacity to destroy the foundations of our nation declared the Lord's Day Act was an unconstitutional attempt to establish a religious-based closing law in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Some additional info...
"By the middle of the 19th century, public Christianity" was taking shape. Universities, founded by particular churches in order to train indigenous clergy, received public support and began to admit students from all religious backgrounds, even while retaining their peculiar denominational leanings. There developed public school systems officially committed to producing "Christian citizens"; outside Québec they were Protestant for all practical purposes, and English-speaking Catholics struggled to support private schools with little help from government.*He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
There arose a public rhetoric that was often biblical (eg, Canada was called a "Dominion" because the term is found in Psalm 72:8*) and laws pertaining to personal morality reflected popular Christian standards. The public calendar was marked by Christian holidays, particularly Christmas and Easter, and Sunday was traditionally a day of rest.
The urban threat to traditional Christian ways brought Protestant and Catholic leaders together in support of the Lord's Day Act of 1906 (proclaimed 1907). Respect for Sunday, the "Lord's Day," was hallowed by custom in rural society, but in urban society it could only be maintained by law. Many of the furthest-reaching modifications to the Act, permitting more amusement and labour on Sunday, occurred during the 2 world wars. The changes were justified as necessary to the success of war efforts "to defend Christian civilization." link
"I am a Maple Leaf and I'm OK ..."
Mostly Europe. What difference does that make anyway. The ones that stayed behind can have all the gay movies they want. Don't you see the point?
Canada is socialist period.
It would help if you made one.
There was a bit of an influx from the south during the 1770's ;~)
Don't you see the point?
To be honest, no.
There is no question that phornography sells. Smut films have their attractions to many people. Oh! Canada!
Okay, I'll do it.....
New York Slimes
Love it! Love it! Love it!
...thought provoking.....must see for the whole family!
....a truly progressive film; opens up a whole new world to the audience
At age eleven.....10, 9, 8, 7, 6.......
GMMAC, I would like to take this moment to Thank You for being who you are.
It's because you do what you do, that I can do what I do.
Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
Aside from which, you wouldn't be GMMAC without a Snarl at the ready.
People who choose to attack Canadian Conservatives, be warned.
Our GMMAC will be all over you like white on rice.
To those of us outside the GTA, or "Centre of the Universe", the theme of this movie seems peculiarly apropos for the Maple Laffs!
The price of official Toronto Maple Leafs sportswear and fan memorabilia is going to be dropping real soon.
You mean to say someone buys it now?
I've been too busy with some other projects to do any pinging lately; I'll try to get some in tomorrow. This needs to be pung out.
(Extreme nausea is right...font color right on target.)
Screaming nosedive into the abyss alert.
Lol, just thought I'd take a little creative license. :)
I am an American (ok, for this riposte - a United Statesian). I consider myself extremely fortunate to be one. I have also lived a good portion of my life overseas and paradoxically find the average (middle class or above) citizen of almost any other country to be better educated and to have more class than most Americans. Your boorish statement is a perfect illustration of what I am referring to.
Having said that, in regards to homosexuality, I find no difference between pedophilia, sodomy, bestiality or necrophilia. They are all destructive perversions of the worst sort.
Oh, a hockey player! My first thought was, "WTF?"
Hey, where's that Zueben guy? He likes to say stupid things about Canadians.
but this just KILLS HOCKEYs come back
The suits at the NHL needed to be explained it is COME BACK not come OUT!
They nearly destroyed themselves with the strike and now this? You don't attract a family audience with a couple of sexual predator types indoctrinating a young child to be a sexual fetishist.
Hockey the thport of queens! (with a small q)