Joshua Jackson

Hometown Fan

May 28, 2003
By JIM SLOTEK — Toronto Sun
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Mighty Canuck: Despite Ducks fame, Joshua Jackson still a home-town fan

As the cry of “Quack! Quack!” goes up across North America, there is at least one person not thrilled that the Anaheim Mighty Ducks are in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Ironically, it’s the star of the Mighty Ducks movies.

“I’m not a Ducks fan. I’m a Canucks fan. Y’know, I’m from Vancouver,” says Josh Jackson, 24, who played team leader Charlie Conway in all three Ducks flicks.

“I like (Anaheim’s) Paul Kariya, he’s a great player. But the problem for me with that team is the “Mighty.” I mean, hockey’s got a lot of silly names: Penguins, Leafs. But at least they’re not the Ferocious Maple Leafs.”

Jackson says he never has even been invited to a Ducks game, and tellingly, he has never called L.A. home. The illusion of Hollywood persists with Jackson’s roles in films such as The Skulls, Cruel Intentions, and June 6’s release, the suburban-hell indie film The Safety Of Objects co-starring Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney. Jackson was in Toronto earlier this week to promote the movie.

But as Dawson’s Creek fans can tell you, for the past six years he has been playing Dawson’s friend Pacey in the series, which until its recent series finale was shot in sleepy Wilmington, N.C.

In Wilmington, Jackson says he got to surf, concentrate on his work, and for excitement there was the occasional hurricane — four in six years.

And also the occasional Carolina Hurricanes NHL game, such as the one back in November when he was arrested for assaulting a security guard. The mishap happened, he says, after a friend spilled beer on someone in the next row while celebrating a goal, and the friend was promptly taken down by security.

“What a lot of BS this was,” he said after being shown a wire story claiming he was in rehab. “I’ve got to take two six-hour alcohol education seminars. I don’t even know what that means. The woman who runs the program says it means I watch a movie. And (do) 12 hours of community service. That’s fine.”

Wilmington also amounts to his entire experience with things suburban. The Safety Of Objects, which had the bad luck to debut at the Toronto film fest on Sept. 10, 2001 and has been in indie-film limbo since, involves three messed-up families in lovely split-level homes whose lives intertwine tragically.

Mulroney is a lawyer dad who gives it all up when he realizes how empty his life is after years of overwork. Patricia Clarkson is a single mom with a secret. Close is a mom whose rock-band singer son (Jackson) is left brain dead from an accident.

The latter means Jackson plays more than half the film in a coma. “Some of my finest work,” he says.

“And Glenn’s done some pretty good coma work herself,” he says, referencing her role as Sunny Von Bulow. “I don’t consider it acting, but the technical bits are difficult — not flinching when people touch you, not laughing is hard, breathing in the same rhythm as the respirator.”

And what about the supposed hell of suburbia, which has already been driven home in films such as The Ice Storm and American Beauty? “I grew up in Kitsilano, which is not like this place. But there’s something about the cookie-cutter houses in the suburbs I instinctually fear.

“In Wilmington, there are tons of tract houses. And there are friends I had for six years — I still couldn’t find their houses. They have neighbourhood councils that tell you you can’t plant certain flowers, can’t put a flamingo on your lawn, can’t paint your house.

“I actually had a conversation with a friend about what shade of beige to paint the house, because you could only have beige. And shades of beige, that’s how you express your individuality there.”

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