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Fuhr doc holds nothing back

The good, the bad and the ugly which is the life of NHL Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr was on display on the big screen in Kelowna over the weekend.

'Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story,' was the brainchild of Kelowna documentary producer Adam Scorgie, and his partner and director, Don Metz.

The movie, which has been out about six months, made its Kelowna theatrical debut Sunday at the Grand 10 to an enthusiastic, sold out crowd.

Scorgie said, as an Oiler fan growing up, the idea of the documentary was appealing when Metz pitched it to him.

"But, to make a compelling doc as Donnie always says, you need conflict, resolution, celebration and that emotion," said Scorgie.

"When you looked at what Grant went through, coming from an adopted family, being one of the first men of colour to win the Stanley Cup, then the controversy of the suspension, I thought this has all the makings of a real compelling story."

For his part, Fuhr said the idea had been brought to him by Metz for a few years and, once he saw 'Ice Guardians," a Scorgie produced documentary on hockey enforcers, it was a no-brainer.

"It makes a big difference, especially when it's something that kind of a touchy subject.

"You see how they did the job with 'Ice Guardians, the light they put the players is. It makes a huge difference."

The documentary chronicles every part of his life and career, from his adoptive upbringing in a white home, the Oilers reluctance to draft him and his five Stanley Cups, to his suspension for admitted drug use.

"That part's easy now, you've lived through it already," Fuhr said about discussing the circumstances around his 1990 suspension.

"The hard part is done. After than, everything becomes easy."

Fuhr said he was impressed with the finished product, adding it probably turned out better then he expected.

"Parts of it were emotional, but in a good way. It's fun to look back on your career and look at different things I'd forgotten.

"So much happens over the course of 20 years, you don't remember all of it. To sit back and see things that popped out and I'm like yea, that was a lot of fun, although you didn't have fun at the time."

Scorgie said the film ranks up there with anything he has done to date.

"Every film is their own special way," he said.

"That's why I'm hooked on docs, because you really build a relationship with the people you worked with."

Scorgie's next project, 'Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, is scheduled to come out in September.



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