Ex-NHLer Georges Laraque’s Movie Mixup: ‘My Own Private Operation Dumbo Drop’
During his lengthy and successful NHL career, enforcer Georges Laraque let his considerable strength, size and sometimes, his fists do the talking. Now, on the outside world, the politically-active (he’s the Male Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada) and public advocate for PETA is now putting his money where his mouth is: Laraque recently came out in support of Lucy, the lone elephant at Edmonton’s zoo, and a movement to move her to a warmer, more comfortable and appropriate climate. So much so, in fact, that he has stated he is willing to pony up $100,000 of his own money to make it happen.
Laraque sent a letter to Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel to inform him of his philanthropic motives (via FOX Sports/The Canadian Press):
“Lucy’s serious health problems and the signs of mental distress that she has long exhibited are reason enough to send her to a sanctuary in a warmer climate, but I hope that my proposal creates even more incentive…
“…Hopefully, all the plans to revitalize downtown Edmonton will draw even more entertainment events to the area. However, the zoo’s expensive, out-of-date elephant exhibit only stands in the way of progress.”
Laraque’s offer of monetary support is certainly commendable and he should be lauded for his efforts to make the world a better place, one elephant at a time and any light shed on his efforts is worthwhile. However, being the goofball that I am, my simple mind cannot help but be transfixed over the idea of a movie mashup of My Own Private Idaho and Operation Dumbo Drop. The idea of two street hustlers, one of them a gay narcoleptic and the other one, um, portrayed by Keanu Reeves, doing their damnedest to help assist Green Berets in transporting an elephant during the Vietnam War. Now that, my friends, would be compelling filmmaking, especially if Gus Van Sant would be at the helm directing it. But no Denis Leary. That guy is box office poison.
Ex-hockey player lobbies for elephant [FOX Sports/The Canadian Press]