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Trailer Park Boys say Netflix owes them liquor

By Sean Fitzgerald, 24 Hrs

The Trailer Park Boys (Handout photo)

The Trailer Park Boys (Handout photo)

Life feels a little different for the Trailer Park Boys these days. Especially since property supervisor Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth) recently turned Sunnyvale Trailer Park into a retirement community.

“Apparently there’s been a lot of changes in Sunnyvale,” says Ricky, played by Robb Wells. “It’s not good.”

The Boys have called QMI Agency from Canada’s East Coast – Bubbles (Mike Smith) says he’s currently “Sittin’ in my shed in the Sunnyvale Trailer Park” – and they’re doing the interview in character. Along with Ricky and Bubbles, we’ve also got Julian (John Paul Tremblay) on the line.

They’re discussing the ninth season of Trailer Park Boys, which has arrived on Netflix in all the countries where the streaming service is available. Ricky’s not happy about all the old people hanging around Sunnyvale now, though.

“It’s definitely different,” he says. “I’m not a huge fan of it.”

“It’s fine, Ricky,” says Bubbles, cutting in to defend their new neighbours. “It’s fine, the oldies are fine.”

And while Bubbles appreciates the wisdom of the elderly residents, he says that they aren’t always the nicest people.

“I sort of had this vision that it would be, like, little nice old people and stuff, but there are a lot of mean bastards that are old,” he says. “I’ve tangled with a few of ‘em. There’s a couple of ‘em in particular that I tangle with a bit. I mean, I’m nice to them, but geez, is it difficult to deal with sometimes.”

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These loveable foul-mouthed characters spent seven seasons on Showcase in Canada, and then eventually moved their content to Netflix. Now, along with all the seasons, you can also see the Boys’ three movies and a few live comedy specials on the streaming service. And if you really can’t get enough of their Sunnyvale misadventures, you can visit Wells, Smith and Tremblay’s SwearNet website for additional content.

The Netflix deal was first announced a year ago, with Season 8 debuting this past September. Even though the Boys are satisfied with the global exposure from Netflix, they still feel like they’re getting short-changed a bit.

“They promised us a bunch of liquor and cigarettes that I have not seen to this day,” says Bubbles of Netflix. “I don’t think, have we?”

“Nope, they didn’t really come through on their word,” adds Ricky. “But it’s kind of cool that they put it all over the world on their little computer thing that they got.

“I mean, that’s cool, but I’m still waiting,” says Bubbles. “Part of the deal was I was going to get a whole pallet of cat food, and kitty treats, and there was a bunch of liquor and cigarettes supposed to come, and I don’t think it ever came.”

You’d think that the Boys would be familiar with Netflix, considering that it streams their stories to fans across the world. But only one of the guys says that he actually uses it.

“I don’t really understand how it all works,” says Ricky, “with no wires and everything.”

“Ricky, I’ll explain it to you later,” says Bubbles. “Yes, I watch Netflix. I watch all their shows. Orange is the New Black, I watched that. And House of Cards.”

Trailer Park Boys first debuted in 2001, based off of a 1999 film directed by Mike Clattenburg, who directed last year’s big screen feature, Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It, which preceded Season 8. The trio also announced that the series will be coming back for Seasons 10 and 11.

“That’s what they’re sayin’,” says Ricky. “I guess if the cameras keep coming back we’ll keep letting ‘em, for now. Until they piss me off to the point where I beat them to death.”

And if fans are overjoyed with the seemingly endless episodes of Trailer Park Boys, they’ve got one man to thank.

“It’s Julian,” says Ricky. “He likes showing off so much on camera, he never wants it to end. I could care less.”

“It’s not showing off,” Julian responds. “It’s really cool to be on TV. People come up and recognize you, and give you s---. Free liquor, especially.”

Twitter: @SeanDFitzgerald

sean.fitzgerald@sunmedia.ca


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