Trailer Park Boys get ready for big screen return

Robb Wells, Mike Smith, and John Paul Tremblay of 'The Trailer Park Boys' in Toronto, promoting...

Robb Wells, Mike Smith, and John Paul Tremblay of 'The Trailer Park Boys' in Toronto, promoting their new movie " Don't Legalize It". (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET

The following is my first-ever Trailer Park Boys interview. To be clear, I have three times interviewed Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith – the actors who play Ricky, Julian and Bubbles.

Each time, I was given the option of interviewing them in character, and always declined.

On the occasion of the movie Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It, I had no choice. The TPB road movie – the first one scripted, not by the boys, but by director Mike Clattenburg - takes them out of the trailer park and onto the Trans-Canada. Ricky plans to argue against legalizing marijuana before a Parliamentary sub-committee (because it’ll put honest illegal growers like him out of business), Julian has a scheme to sell clean Canadian Armed Forces urine for drug tests in Montreal, and Bubbles has an inheritance waiting in Kingston, Ont.

“So you’re going to be in character?” I ask an interview-weary Wells before we start. “Yeah, unfortunately,” he says. Smith comes in wearing stylish prescription specs. “So what are we doing?” he asks.

“Might as well do it in character,” Tremblay says.

“All right. ‘In’ it is,” says Smith, putting on the Coke bottle lenses and becoming Bubbles.

Realizing no one is going to yell, “Action,” I dive in.

ME: A lot of the best comedies are road movies. Was it fun to get out of the trailer park?

RICKY: “It’s always fun to go on the road, especially if you’ve got lots of supplies.”

ME: What’s your basic survival kit?

BUBBLES: “Liquor.”

RICKY: “Yeah, liquor’s very important. Lots of good smoke, food, gas.

BUBBLES: “Gas? That’s kind of a given, Ricky. You don’t need to state that as one of the things you need on a road trip.”

RICKY: “If you didn’t have it, how far would you go?”

ME: You guys shot in Quebec for a while. Is there a French Trailer Park Boys?

BUBBLES: “You mean is there a French version with three other people?

JULIAN: “There is. (To Bubbles) “You sound like f---in’ Scooby Doo in French.”

BUBBLES: “I do? I don’t sound like Scooby Doo!”

JULIAN: “The French version of Trailer Park Boys, the French guy that’s you sounds like Scooby Doo.”

ME: Ricky, you object to legalizing weed. And you say in the movie, if it’s legalized, you plan to ‘radioactively’ sue the government for the 17 or 18 times you’ve been to jail. Is it really that many?

RICKY: “It may actually be in the 20s.”

ME: Were they all for pot charges?

RICKY: “No, there’s been some other things, drunk-tank, fights, threatened to kill a couple people, a few robberies. Hopefully, they’ll forget about that other stuff. If they’re gonna make it okay to grow dope, they should wipe out everyone’s dope record from before.”

ME: You actually give a pretty good speech to that Parliamentary committee in the movie. Ever thought about getting into politics?

RICKY: “It seemed like when I was talking, people would listen, so it’s something to think about. I was either thinking about doing that, or starting some kinda school.”

ME: What kind of school?

RICKY: “Just a school where they don’t teach you what you don’t need to know, a school that teaches you how to survive, how to eat, people would grow things I guess.”

JULIAN: “You’re talking about a school for idiots. We don’t need that.”

(Wells, Tremblay and Smith have lately tried projects under their own names. The movie SwearNet (based on their website, about an uncensored TV station), is scheduled to open in August.

ME: So I’ve talked to these three guys who look like you, they’ve got their own movie coming out, apparently.

JULIAN: “We met those guys, they work for SwearNet. They took advantage of us, got cameras following us around and paid us nine grand, which isn’t very much money.”

BUBBLES: “It was supposed to be 90 grand.”

RICKY: “Well, Julian, you’re the one that grabbed the contracts and signed them without reading them.”

BUBBLES: “I think they’re d---weeds.”

ME: So is this the last Trailer Park Boys movie?

RICKY: “I hope so.”

JULIAN: “It’s not. I’ve already signed contracts with SwearNet. We’re probably going to do another movie, we’re definitely doing season eight and nine (of TPB for Netflix).

RICKY: “I didn’t know anything about this.”

BUBBLES: “You signed a contract?”

RICKY: “Who’s getting the money? Just you, probably.”

ME: You guys are famous enough to be recognized everywhere. But you don’t get the big bucks like Tom Cruise. Does this bother you?

RICKY: “It’s good for me, ‘cause everywhere I go, people shake my hand and there’s a little something in their hand. They definitely don’t give free dope to Tom Cruise.”

BUBBLES: “Oh, I bet they do.”

JULIAN: “He’s a bit of a d---.”

BUBBLES: “I’m not saying he isn’t a bit of a d---. I’m just saying he probably gets free dope, is all.”

RICKY: “People shouldn’t give d---- free dope.”

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