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Not having teeth helped land Ian Laperriere a movie role


There’s a movie making its premiere this weekend called “This Is 40” from director Judd Apatow. In it, there’s a cameo featuring Flyers and former Flyers alike in Ian Laperriere, Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle, and James van Riemsdyk.

It was Laperriere who was able to get his former teammates into the movie, however, and as he told me while scoping out future Flyers prospects at Team USA camp in Hawthorne, NY how he landed a spot in the film was a bit of dumb luck.

“There’s a friend of mine in L.A. who told a PR guy in Philly they’re looking for a guy without teeth for a small part. So I give them my name and if it works, it works,” Laperriere said. “Sure enough, a month later we were in L.A. filming and Hartnell, JVR, and Carle were there with me. I was in the right place at the right time with no teeth.”

Oddly enough, there was another former Flyer teammate who almost ended up in the movie with them.

“They thought about [Dan] Carcillo at the time, but he didn’t have his green card at the time and couldn’t do it.”

Imagine having Dan Carcillo’s big mug on a movie screen.

Now that Lapierre is in retirement, how does he compare shooting a film to playing hockey? Movie life is rough.

“It’s harder, man. It’s harder. On the ice, you’re an hour and a half on the ice and then to the gym. There, you’re on the set at seven in the morning to 11:30 at night. One day! I can’t imagine they do that every day. They deserve what they pay them, it’s hard work.”

Would he do it again? Probably not…

“I’m all about the experience. I don’t want to be an actor,” Lapierre says laughing it off. “My kids won’t see that movie any time soon. When they’re 18 or they’re 16 they can watch it. My wife and I laughed a lot though, we really enjoyed it.”

On top of all that, he got to put his false teeth in the mouth of Megan Fox for his seen as Puck Daddy shared with the world. “This Is 40” is out in theaters now.

Judd Apatow tabs Ian Laperriere to make a fool of himself in upcoming movie

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For all the well-deserved accolades Judd Apatow’s comedies often receive for finding some heart behind the typical Hollywood shenanigans, they often have their fair share of jaw-dropping set pieces as well. Apatow’s upcoming comedy “This is Forty” apparently includes a gag that involves a man with fake teeth, so it only makes sense that he called up a hockey player to fill that role. It’s somewhat heartening that he turned to well-liked Philadelphia Flyers grinder Ian Laperriere for the role after receiving that recommendation from a Flyers official, according to Dan Gross.

Laperriere enlisted the help of Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk to help him portray a group of hockey players who end up dancing and … playing with his false teeth, for some reason. (We will now pause so that you can make your own “Dry Island” jokes.)

Lappy admitted to Gross that he’s the worst dancer of the four, with Carle apparently coming in second place while Hartnell and JVR apparently “had some moves.”

“I made a fool of myself, but it was fun,” Lappy told us yesterday. “I like to try different things.”

In an odd note, Lappy apparently put off dental work because of the role in the movie, which is slated to open in December 2012 and stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Megan Fox. If the cameo is as good at it sounds, it might be up there with other athletes’ appearances in comedies, from Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s piloting in “Airplane” to Brett Favre’s stitled performance in “There’s Something about Mary” and Dan Marino’s bizarre turn in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”

On a more hockey-related note, Laperriere said that although he’s feeling “great” physically, he’s still dealing with blurred vision and isn’t sure that he’ll return to the ice. To be honest, it might be for the best if he hangs up his skates – especially if his fling with Hollywood goes especially well.

(H/T to Puck Daddy, which has a must-see Photoshop of Laperriere on the “Knocked Up” movie poster.)