• James Parry

Parrywinkle, September 7, 2017


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

In one of his favourite roles, Roy Elliott as the bobby on the beat conducting local traffic during a recent car show in Hudson.

What a washout of a Labour Day long weekend! Well, except for Saturday that is. And all thanks to Hurricane Harvey way down south in battled, beleaguered Texas finally impacting upon us here in our neck of the woods. Not only in terms of bucketing-down weather but also at the pump with gas prices at many stations skyrocketing.

Ah waddya gonna do? At least we didn't have to call in the Army this time around or be rescued in part by a Dunkirk-like volunteer flotilla as they have been in the Lone Star State for the past couple of weeks. Talk about pleas for help being answered and neighbours helping neighbours and even strangers they had never met before. Truly heartwarming!

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PLEASE PATRICK, PLEASE - Meanwhile, here in Hudson and for purely personal reasons, I'm making a plea of my own and nothing to do with flooding. Patrick Dempsey, if you are reading this between takes while starring in The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair being shot here and environs, please contact me ASAP. My job here at Your Local Journal is on the line. This, I hasten to add, after 10 years of dedicated service reporting on all the positive news that's fit to print in our fair burg.

Permit me to explain. I received a call from my publisher, Monique Bissonnette, this past week, obviously with the full support of the entire staff, asking - make that virtually demanding - that I get a personal interview with you. Preferably at YLJ's office so that they - together with my beautiful wife Sunshine - can all be there to hold my pen or whatever.

That being said, I have to admit that I have never watched a single episode of Grey's Anatomy but I'm told you were absolutely brilliant. And I'm now your biggest fan. Or will be. So please Patrick, do get in touch. My future depends on it. And, if you don't, I suspect that my days here at YLJ are numbered!

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ROY'S ROLES - Okay, so that was obviously all kind of tongue in cheek dear readers. And besides, I did get a personal interview with one of the other 'stars' in the movie this week. None other than Hudson's very own 89-year-old Roy Elliott, who in the past 40 years has appeared in exactly 315 films shot in our region being directed by such luminaries as Sir Richard Attenborough and George Clooney. And starring big names such as the late Paul Newman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, John Travolta, Cate Blanchet, Jodie Foster, and Hugh Jackman.

Alright, so he didn't actually appear alongside them. As always, he was an extra. Playing everything from a priest to a farmer to a dead body - a role for which he actually auditioned. In fact, you name any movie shot here - including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, his first four decades ago - and Roy has probably been in it. Somewhere. And sometimes, by his own admission, on the cutting-room floor!

This time around, he's playing a diner in a two-day shoot in Frelighsburg. Laughed Roy, “One of the joys of being a movie extra is if you live in Hudson, they will cast you in a part miles away.

I am working in Frelighsburg, 174 kilometres from my hometown and I had to be here by 6 a.m. while my friend who lives in Brossard is working in Hudson. What a wonderful life!”

Not that Roy, a former RCMP officer, master chef aboard transatlantic liners who once personally served Princess Elizabeth in Canada before she became Queen six months later, antique British car buff, and store detective at Eaton's for 25 years, would have it any other way. “There's a saying in the movie business and it's particularly true for extras such as myself,” says Roy. “And that is 'hurry up and wait.' It can make for very long days but it keeps me active and healthy. And it seems that these days whenever there is a small part for a wrinkly old guy, I get the call!

Sheesh, I almost asked him for his autograph. But then I already have it. Way to go Roy. And see you at the movies!

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SUPER SALE - Meanwhile, I hope to see many of you at the annual St. James' Church Consignment Sale this Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 642 Main Road in Hudson. A wonderful community initiative not to be missed!

And that's a wrap!

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