Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
A low-rent, happy ending Mike Clattenburg is the creator, co-writer, and director of Trailer Park Boys. If you like the show, donâ€™t worry, they didnâ€™t fuck it up. If you havenâ€™t watched the show, thatâ€™s okay. Itâ€™s only the most watched show in Canadian history. So just get drunk, get some dope, and go see the Big Dirty.
ONLY: Was it a lot different working on the film than on the series?
Mike Clattenburg: Itâ€™s a much longer story and we had to reintroduce the characters, but itâ€™s a feature film, and it had to be different from the series. But at the same time there are whole bunch of fans of the series who donâ€™t want it changed too much. So it was a careful balance to make a feature film and stay true to our roots in the series.
ONLY: It’s good to see the mix between the traditional format and actually existing in a greater beast.
MC: Yeah, we could lock down the camera and allow it to be a cinematic moment and not always be a slave to the documentary format, which can be limiting. But in the film thereâ€™s also a lot of handheld so it kind of recalls the show.
ONLY: You guys seem to work pretty collectively. How much is improvised? I mean, you guys have come up with some of the best swears ever.
MC: Like cock-knuckles? Yeah, we usually come up with that stuff on the day of. Weâ€™ll start batting things around like â€œSnoopy The Fuck Dog…â€ and just keep going with stuff like that.
ONLY: You finally got your own trailer park after jumping around from park to park over the first few seasons.
MC: Originally we shot in a trailer park and the people were wonderful, but the owner of the park, who owns pretty much every park in town, didnâ€™t like the language in the show, and he said, â€œForget it. I donâ€™t ever want to see you guys again.â€ He owns, like, 11 parks. So there was a crossroads in season four where they werenâ€™t going to let us back into the park, so we bought 12 trailers and set up by this abandoned mental hospital in Cole Harbour. Now weâ€™ve got like 50 trailers and it really does look like a real park.
ONLY: So where does it all go from here?
MC: Well, we just shot season seven and itâ€™s a monster. Itâ€™s, like, two feature films, and I think that we had more money for this season than we did for the movie. And we have super guest stars like Sebastian Bachâ€¦
ONLY: From Skid Row?
MC: Sebastian Bach was fucking on fire. He was such a good actor; man, he blew us all away. But one of my favourite musician cameos has got to be in the movie, and a lot of people miss itâ€¦ Itâ€™s Gord Downie [Tragically Hip] and Alex Lifeson [Rush] playing the two cops that bust them.
ONLY: I missed that.
MC: Well, thatâ€™s good.
ONLY: I mean it even took me a second to figure out that it was Hugh Dillon [of The Headstones]; at first I thought it was Corey Hartâ€¦
MC: Thatâ€™s a damn good idea, fuckinâ€™ Corey Hart.