Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.
The Wrong Guy is chock-full of so much Toronto-ness and so many small, amusing bits that we can’t help but love it. It’s no classic, but it’s sort of a parody of The Fugitive and/or North by Northwest, and it does have Dave Foley playing the lead and Colm Feore as the bad guy, so how bad can it be?
It’s supposed to be set in the American Midwest (mostly Ohio and Missouri), but given the CanCon on display, it’s hard to say why they made the effort to pretend.
You can watch the whole thing on YouTube these days, so go for it, if that’s your preferred cinematic experience.
We like a movie that gives away its 416-ness in the opening shot (Kick Ass, still in theatres, does it gloriously) and here we find ourselves in the distinctive BCE Place Atrium.
The movie is supposed to be in Cleveland, but if you somehow failed to recognize that it’s not, here’s a shot from above the Atrium, with the RBC tower hovering nearby.
When bad guy Colm Feore escapes BCE Place through a vent, he pops out on Barnaby Place, just down the street from the bus terminal. You can even see the back of City Hall—always a dead giveaway. (In reality, he’d be popping out of a Sick Kids parking structure.)
And, here it is again: the Toronto Coach Terminal playing…a bus terminal.
We’re starting to suspect this bridge must be one of the most filmed locations in the city outside the Distillery District. We’ve seen the Cherry Street ship channel bridge in A Christmas Story, The Incredible Hulk, and a bunch of other things.
This fancy-shmancy restaurant is the fancy-shmancy (but recently renovated) Centro.
Foley flees to what’s supposed to be some kind of rural motel, but it’s actually Richmond Hill’s Emerald Isle. (Watch, if for no other reason than to enjoy Kevin McDonald’s cameo.)
The intersection you can see here is the not-so-quiet Yonge-Highway 7 interchange, with the 407 in the background.
This remote “Oklahoma” truck stop is actually the only semi-remote Orio’s, out in Vaughan.
Also, we thought it was funny that the cop chasing Foley looks a bit like a slovenly Steven Page…
…especially since Foley runs into another cop played by the real Steve Page…
…and he does some a capella with some dudes who bear an awfully strong resemblance to the ol’ Barenaked Ladies.
This flick is filled with a who’s who of Toronto comic geniuses (Dan Redican, Boyd Banks, Joe Flaherty, etc.), so it’s impossible it wouldn’t be funny—it just misses greatness is all.