A DECADE AFTER Bon Cop, Bad Cop – a buddy comedy about two Canuck officers, one French and one English, forced to solve a murder together – broke box office records for a Canadian film, stars Colm Feore, 58, and Patrick Huard, 48, are back on the case. In Bon
Cop, Bad Cop 2, though, the tension simmers between the Canadians and their American counterparts. The film’s stars recently spoke with Zoomer.
MIKE CRISOLAGO What made Bon Cop, Bad Cop so wildly popular?
COLM FEORE There was a great deal of day-to-day Canadiana, like what real Canadians have to go through. If you sat in a bilingual audience, they’d laugh at different things but they then turn over their shoulders and look at each other and laugh again. And people are still using it as a template for how to swear in French.
MC Patrick, you wrote the sequel before the American election. Does it take on new relevance now given everything that’s happened since? PATRICK HUARD I think it does. But I think it makes it more real, more funny but sometimes more twisted. You have to go [a little] further than the extreme to make it entertaining and funny, and the only thing I fear now is that’s it’s less [funny] because it’s less exaggerated.
MC Does the fact that you’re 10 years older add a new dimension to the story?
CF We’re older and broken and bald and grey. But there is one advantage, and that is we really are 10 years better. And I think that’s encouraging. Yes, you to have to winch yourself out of bed in the morning and the coffee is really, really strong, but once you get going, the sh*t you accomplish is really elegant and deft.
PH Also, I think it tells that you can age onscreen and still be a cool guy.
CF And because Patrick was the producer, writer and star, [his character] gets sex. And as the guy who comes along and holds his cup, I don’t. So it gives one hope. Especially when Moses said in Zoomer that nobody wants it anymore. I was very encouraged.
Bon Cop, Bad Cop is in theatres May 12.