You should have seen the look on Kim Cattrall’s face. She’s an actress, but this was no act.
“The Vancouver Canucks have been a part of a movie you starred in, can you name it?” I asked Cattrall when I caught up with her during the first intermission of Game 2 of the Western Conference Final Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.
“The Canucks? In a movie that I starred in? Oh my goodness, what could it be?” Cattrall replied inquisitively.
I left her eager for knowledge before hinting that the movie came out in 2010.
“Came out in 2010…it would have to be Sex and the City 2...”
“The Ghost Writer?...Oh wow, you’re right, you’re absolutely right, you’re absolutely frickin’ right.”
During a bar scene in The Ghost Writer, which also stars Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, there's a TV in the background showing the Canucks playing the St. Louis Blues.
The hockey action in question features BC’s own play-by-play man Jim Hughson, back from his days at Rogers Sportsnet; the call he makes is on a play prominently ruled by Daniel and Henrik Sedin, as usual, with a little Markus Naslund, Mattias Ohlund and Lukas Krajicek sprinkled in.
“That was not my doing, I like it though” said Cattrall, a British born, Canadian bred, New Yorker with an unwavering love for the Canucks.
Cattrall, born in Liverpool, England, immigrated to Canada with her parents as a youngster, and although “hockey was not part of my family lexicon at all,” she picked up the game, and the Canucks, through friends.
The 54-year-old never played hockey as a kid, but that didn’t stop her from wearing her Canucks pride on her sleeve.
“I remember going to a Vancouver Canucks game in 1973 and they were playing the Rangers in New York and I bought a ticket with one of my girlfriends, who had never been to a hockey game before,” she recalled.
“All game I was telling her exactly what was going on and I remember cheering for the Canucks and the looks that I got from the New Yorkers, I was just so terrified they were going to kill me, I really had to put a muff on it.
“I was cheering for my home team, but you don’t do that in New York City, you only cheer for the teams in New York.”
If you know Cattrall, the powerful, confident, passionate woman or actress, you know she knows a thing or two about New York.
From 1998 to 2004 the Golden Globe Award winner was one of four leading ladies on Sex and the City, she also reprised her roll of Samantha Jones in two Sex and the City movies in 2008 and 2010.
Her latest work is what brought Cattrall to town. She stars in the new movie Meet Monica Valour, a funny, sweet and endearing tale of Tobe Hulbert, played by Dustin Ingram, an awkward teen who sets out to meet Monica Valour, a porn star he's in love with from the 1980s. He drives across the country to track down Valour, who is now in her late 40s and stripping in the middle of nowhere Indiana.
“He meets his fantasy and he also meets a reality,” explained Cattrall, who said that other than Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones, this is the best female role she’s every had the opportunity to play.
“This woman is very complicated and very tough to love, but he doesn’t give up on her, they need each other to go to the next stage in their lives.”
The movie, an official selection at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2010 Seattle Film Festival and the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, opens at Cineplex International Village Theatre in Vancouver on May 20th.
Fitting that the theme of the film is fantasy and reality; when the Canucks entered the 2011 Playoffs many believed that a shot at the Stanley Cup was still a fantasy, but with Vancouver six wins away from a silver finish, anything is possible.
Cattrall, for one, will be with the Canucks every step of the way.
“I can’t get enough of it, they’re playing so well,” said Cattrall, buzzing from playoff atmosphere. “Everywhere I’ve been there just this thing happening with Vancouverites and the whole of BC, which is reverberating, which is so fantastic.
“This is a great moment for BC. The city is reaping the rewards of a great fan base; this is 17 years in the making. This is huge.”
It’s also huge, or some might say pure coincidence, that Cattrall appeared in an episode of the TV mini-series How the West Was Won in 1979, and in Game 2 the Canucks took a giant step towards scripting how the west will be won.