They're the greatest comedy trio since Dusty Bottoms, Lucky Day and Ned Nederlander. Now Ricky, Bubbles and Julian are bringing their homegrown humour to the big screen in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. They sat down recently to discuss vacuum cleaners, sushi, Tom Cruise and the finer points of smokin' dope and getting fucked up.
How was making the movie different from the TV series?
Julian: It was basically the same except we had a bigger crew. So I had two liquor men working for me, making sure my glass was always full.
What were the perks?
Bubbles: We didn't get jack shit. Shitty little rooms and gift baskets with cocoa and nuts in them.
Julian: And breadsticks.
Bubbles: Fucking cocoa and breadsticks. I thought there'd be coupons for ladies of the evening or something.
What are your thoughts on global warming?
Bubbles: I think it's bullshit. Everything's going to be covered in water soon, and if that's the case we're fucked.
Ricky: What the fuck is global warming?
Bubbles:The glaciers are melting and your weed fields are going to be 10 feet under water, Ricky.
Ricky: Can't they suck the water back out into the ocean?
How crazy are your fans?
Ricky: They're like, "Hey, Ricky, got any dope?" or "Hey, Ricky, wanna go smoke some dope?" - which is cool, although it's harder to commit crimes when people recognize you.
Bubbles: I had a woman come up and grab me right by the bird. Grabbed right onto it. I was shocked, so I just stood there and let her grab it. She grabbed it a bit more and that was it.
What have you bought with your movie earnings?
Ricky: I got some new rims for my car, and I eat a lot more high-end food, like Chinese.
Bubbles: I got a new spoiler on my go-cart. It's second-hand. And I went for sushi one time. Puked.
Julian: I bought some new rims for my car and a vacuum cleaner.
Bubbles: You bought a vacuum cleaner? Which one?
Julian: That new fucking super-Hoover one.
Bubbles: Phantom Power?
Bubbles: Oh, Mister Fancy Vacuum.
Have you met anyone famous?
Julian: William H. Macy. We did background in his movie. Just for the fuck of it one day we got drunk and went on set. He's a big fan.
Ricky: I got thrown off set for asking if he wanted to buy some dope. I think he really did, but the people around him wouldn't let him.
Bubbles: Tom Cruise.
Ricky:You didn't meet Tom Cruise.
Bubbles:Yes, I did. He tried to lure me into a Scientology meeting, but I told him to fuckin' go pound it.
You three have become Canadian comedy icons, like Bob and Doug McKenzie, Wayne & Shuster, the Kids in the Hall.
Bubbles: How about Jim Perry from Definition?
Julian: He was awesome.
Ricky: I don't think we're as big as Jim Perry. Not yet.
TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE (Mike Clattenburg) Rating: NN
Ricky, Julian and Bubbles once kidnapped Rita MacNeil and forced her to harvest their marijuana crop at gunpoint. That kind of inspired idiocy has made their mock-doc series the funniest show on Canadian TV for six seasons (and counting). Unfortunately, when it comes to chasing the Big Dirty on the big screen, the TPB trio are hamstrung by the need to attract a new audience while also pleasing hardcore fans.
The result feels like a sitcom episode stretched to 90 minutes, with a less than inspired plot - stealing a giant bowl of loonies - and a string of jokes as worn as the retreads on Ricky's shit-mobile. Even Bubbles should be able to see that.