Guy Gagné, the fast and furious racecar driver from DreamWorks’s upcoming film Turbo, is based on none other that ex-Canadian PM Jean Chrétien. Canadian writer and director David Soren (Shark Tale story producer) revealed in an interview that the character “was based on Jean Chretien.” Voiced by SNL alumni Bill Hader, Soren went on to say that the character’s accent is “a little more Hader’s own creation. He auditioned for us and that character came out of him so fully formed and he was so easily able to improvise with it that I was like, ‘Well, we don’t have to be fully faithful to the French Canadian dialect.’”
The character serves as the racing hero and inspiration for Turbo the snail, who undergoes a Spider Man-like transformation into an organic racing machine. Turbo will be voiced by fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds, with the support of Snoop Lion, and Ken Jeong, who we interviewed earlier this summer.
Jeremy Schipper is an intern at Toronto Standard. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeromeoschipps.