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“It’s a little bit different than what I’m used to,” Lawrence says. “Obviously, a lot of it’s improvised. But they sort of craft some of their jokes in advance and come up with language they want to use. That’s what was so amazing when working with these guys. On the set, they’d have lines that they thought of and would throw them to me and say ‘Here, try this one.’ Which is not my style. My style is straight improvisation. I don’t plan anything.”
One of the most cheerfully revolting gags, however, came directly from Lawrence. We’ll just say it involves Terry’s badly aimed urination after an ill-advised attempt to get high puts both him and Ricky in a state of psychosis.
“The premise was smoking bug spray,” Lawrence says. “Jail isn’t that great for Terry. He usually just likes to giv’r on beer and weed. So I figured I might as well commit to this premise.”
The Trailer Park Boys began life as a low-budget, black-and-white documentary in 1999, two years before Lawrence, Spence and Dowse brought Terry and the Deaner to cinematic life in FUBAR. Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, Terry and Dean seem to be part of a proud Canadian lineage of dim-witted hosers, which began with Bob and Doug McKenzie and continues on shows such as Letterkenny. While a reunion between Terry and Spence’s Deaner may not be in the cards for the immediate future, Lawrence says he is always eager to take Terry to new frontiers of comedy.
“For me, it’s always been the love of improvisation,” he says. “I fell in love with Loose Moose when I was 14 years old. I’ve improvised other characters. Terry obviously stuck. But I still get to improvise when I’m playing Terry. Some people might think I’m doing the same thing over and over, but for me, it’s still improvisation. It’s like a drug, you get a rush from not knowing what’s going to happen.”
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