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The Vancouver Canucks as Movie Characters

Adam GrahamAnalyst IINovember 16, 2011

The Vancouver Canucks as Movie Characters

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    With all the drama and storylines that surround the Canucks in a hockey-crazy city like Vancouver, it sometimes seems as though the players are more like movie characters than athletes.

    This made me wonder about which famous characters in cinematic history best represent some of the current Canucks.

    Just to be clear, this is not a look-alike contest. It can be a comparison between the personalities of a movie character and a certain Canuck, or the player and the character could have a similar backstory.

    Of course, if the player and the movie character look similar to each other and they also have similar characteristics, then it’s a bonus.

    So, enjoy the best movie character comparisons to the 2011-12 Vancouver Canucks, along with one comparison to a former Canuck who played here not too long ago.

Alex Burrows: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) in the Rocky Movies

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    They are two enormous underdog stories.

    Rocky Balboa was a washed-up boxer who was given a shot by the heavyweight champ and battled his way to the top.

    Alex Burrows didn’t play major junior hockey until he was 19 years old; he was never drafted, and he had to start his professional career in the ECHL.

    Needless to say, he took the road less travelled in order to ultimately reach NHL stardom. No one believed he’d become a top-line forward, even after he was able to crack the Canucks roster in 2006 as a fourth-line grinder.

    We know how it’s turned out for Burrows, though. It’s very similar to how it turned out for Rocky Balboa.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin: Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter Series

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    There aren't many twins in cinematic history that can perform magic. In fact, Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter books and movies are probably the only twins.

    These wizardly brothers are much like the Sedin twins because Henrik and Daniel can certainly create magic with the puck.

    Click here for proof (not that you needed any).

Manny Malhotra: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in Mission Impossible

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    Good morning, Mr. Malhotra.

    We realize you recently suffered a devastating injury, and you can barely see out of your left eye. We know you’ve had two operations on your eye, and you aren’t expected to play hockey again anytime soon.

    However, your team is in a battle. It's facing the toughest hockey combatants in the world and needs all the help it can get.

    Your mission, Emmanuel, should you choose to accept it, is to play in the Stanley Cup Finals against a tough and sometimes dirty team from Boston. You will need a full visor, and you will need to return at the peak of the most grueling playoff tournament in all of sports.

    This slide will self-destruct in the amount of time it takes Alex Burrows to score an overtime goal in the game you may or may not return in. Good luck, Manny!

     

    Enough said.

Sami Salo: The Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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    To know Sami Salo as a hockey player is to know the countless injuries he’s suffered. According to his player profile, Salo has suffered 25 different injuries as a member of the Canucks and many more if you include the time he spent with the Ottawa Senators.

    Salo has had every reason to throw in the towel and retire, especially at the age of 37. However, you have to respect how he continues to battle back from all of his injuries.

    When thinking of Salo’s perseverance, you can’t help but draw comparisons to The Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    The scene shown in the video tells the story. The Black Knight suffers setback after setback during the battle, but he still wants to continue to fight. He eventually gets all his limbs cut off and still wants to play through the pain.

    These are two admirable warriors. Remember, Sami, “It’s just a flesh wound!”

Maxim Lapierre: The Joker from the Batman Movies

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    Whether it’s Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger’s version, this character is perfect for the type of evil anarchist that Maxim Lapierre is when he’s on the ice.

    When Lapierre is at his best, he is wreaking havoc on the opposition and acting as the perfect villain. He thrives off of creating chaos and getting under the skin of everyone he plays against.

    The biggest reason why Lapierre is the perfect joker, though, is his evil smile and how much he enjoys taunting his opponents.

    It’s as if he’s asking his opponents, “How come you’re not enjoying this? Why so serious? Let’s put a smile on that face!”

    Don’t let him get to you, though. That’s exactly what he wants.

Ryan Kesler: Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) in Fight Club

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    Aside from the obvious physical comparisons and the fact that both Ryan Kesler and Tyler Durden don’t mind showing some skin, there’s another reason why these two are similar.

    It’s the fact that both Kesler and Durden are extremely devious about their actions.

    There are many examples of Durden’s sly ways in Fight Club, and while Kesler is obviously not the same crazy and maniacal person that Durden is, he can still be quite deceptive.

    The perfect example of this would be his sly interview bombing techniques from last season.

David Booth: Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) in Bad Teacher

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    David Booth is the new guy in Vancouver, much like Scott Delacorte is the new teacher at the school in the movie Bad Teacher.

    So far, during his time in Vancouver, it’s become quite obvious that David Booth is extremely popular with ladies. Scott Delacorte doesn’t have any problems in the looks department either and draws the attention of all the female teachers in the movie.

    That’s pretty much as far as the similarities go between these two, except for the fact that Delacorte comes from a rich family. Booth is earning $4.25 million annually, so he’s not doing too bad for himself either.

Roberto Luongo: Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) in Ocean’s Eleven

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    Terry Benedict is a talented man. He runs numerous successful casinos in Las Vegas, and he speaks many languages. He's slick, and he's very confident.

    Roberto Luongo is the same way.

    He is clearly a talented goaltender, has a healthy amount of confidence in his ability and speaks three languages fluently (English, French, Italian).

    However, while both men have their success and their talent, Benedict is the antagonist in Ocean’s Eleven. Danny Ocean and his crew are out to rob him, and he is not well liked.

    On the other hand, Luongo might be loved in Vancouver, but it’s pretty safe to say there are plenty of fans outside of the city that love watching him fail. He’s one of the most unfairly disrespected athletes of our generation, and that’s a reality of life as Roberto Luongo.

    So, there are plenty of similarities between these two men. The fact that Roberto Luongo enjoys playing poker along with their strong resemblance to each other is just a bonus.

    Benedict ends up on the losing end of a casino heist at the end of Ocean’s Eleven, just as Luongo ended up on the losing end of the Stanley Cup Finals series in June.

    Will Luongo get his revenge like Benedict set out to do in Ocean’s Twelve and Thirteen? Only time will tell.

Former Canuck Shane O’Brien: Frank the Tank (Will Ferrell) in Old School

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    Finally, I thought it would be a good idea to go back to the 2009-10 season and relive the era of Shane O’Brien in Vancouver.

    To say that O’Brien liked to party during his time in Vancouver is an understatement. Mr. Roxy himself hit the bar so much that it became a problem with the Canucks organization, and he was allegedly suspended for that very reason.

    So, what better movie character to compare O’Brien to than the legendary Frank the Tank from Old School?

    After all, Frank partied so much that it cost him his marriage. Then again, why would you get married in the first place if you’re going to spend all of your time streaking?

    I hope you enjoyed these character comparisons!

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