June 17, 2008
Mark Ellis was the hockey coordinator and second-unit director on "The Love Guru," the Mike Myers comedy which opens this Friday. I spoke with him today for an interview that will run here on Puck Daddy on Wednesday. At the end of our chat, I asked him about another hockey project I heard was in the works.
He told me the film is called "The Tooth Fairy," a comedy for 20th Century Fox. It will reunite Ellis with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with whom he worked on the football comedy "The Game Plan." Finally, The Rock has come to lay the smack down on hockey ...
"The Rock is going to be an NHL hockey player named 'The Tooth Fairy,' and you can imagine why they call him the 'Tooth Fairy,'" said Ellis. "He's an enforcer-type character, and sometimes when he hits another player their teeth come ajar and land on the ice."
Ellis said he was scheduled to speak with The Peoples' Champ today about the project. "I get to be the lucky one to say, 'Dwayne, it's time to put the skates on.' And I can't wait to hear what the reaction is from a defensive end from Miami that I'm putting him on frozen water."
Shooting is set to begin later this summer, perhaps in Vancouver. But here's where things get a little ... odd. Variety reported on the project in February, writing that "The Santa Clause" series director Michael Lembeck would helm the film in which "Johnson will play an ordinary man who's brought in to try to save the tooth fairy kingdom." This month, Collider had an interview in which The Rock talks about his character actually growing little fairy wings and flying around into things.
Two plus two equals ... The Rock is going to play a hockey goon who actually becomes The Tooth Fairy. Whoa.