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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Chace Crawford and Cameron Labine

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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Chace Crawford and Cameron Labine

ChaceCrawford Chace Crawford joined writer Cameron Labine for a quick photo session in our studio at the Whistler Film Festival. They were in town to promote Mountain Men. Photo Evaan Kheraj

Even before Chace Crawford made his way to our photo studio at the Whistler Film Festival, his star power was felt—or at least heard. Wow…the guy's got a commanding voice. “He’s the guy you get to just read the phone book,” remarked our fab photog Evaan Kheraj. The Gossip Girl alumni was tag-teaming with Cameron Labine, the Canadian writer of Crawford’s latest film, Mountain Men. The movie is a comedy/drama about two brothers who head into the backwoods to evict a squatter from their family cabin in the mountains. They damage their car, burn the cabin down and are left stranded. In their struggle for survival, egos and long-buried resentments get in the way. When asked to define what it means to be a mountain man, the Texas-born actor defers to Labine—who is known for his film Control Alt Delete, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008. “To me, the mountain man isn’t the literal mountain man,” Labine explains. “It’s more the mountain man of the heart. The man who isn’t afraid to tackle life’s terrain and stand tall against the storm.” “That was a really good answer,” says Crawford. “Yes, my character has gotten caught up with being in the city. He can’t run from everything; he has to go back and face things head-on.” Okay, time for these two to face off in our Actor’s Studio-inspired quiz. Who would be your ideal chairlift partner? Who would you push off? Crawford: “Oh, my goodness gracious. My dream seatmate…it’s a toss-up between Tiger Woods and a young Jane Fonda—or even Jane Fonda today. The one I wouldn’t want to sit by? Maybe the bully in the fourth grade. I’d like to see what he’s up to today.” Labine: “My ideal seatmate? It would have to be Joe Carter, because of his game-winning home run at the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays World Series. My nightmare would be my grandmother. She has bad hips; she shouldn’t be skiing, so I would want her off the chair.” What is your favourite ski film? Crawford: “What’s that Bond movie?" Labine:Never Say Never Again, I think….” Crawford: “It starts off with that great ski chase where he pulls the shoot and ends up in that encapsulated ball. It doesn’t get much better than that.” Labine: “Yeah, that’s my answer too. That’s our joint answer.” What’s your go-to swear word when you fall on the hill in front of children and when there’s no one around? Crawford: “'You dipshit'—for both cases. Okay, with kids, it would be 'Dad-gummit!'” Labine: “'Pickles' if there are kids around, and 'Fuck my life' if I’m alone.” Do you know what the following ski- and snowboard-related terms mean? Durometer Crawford: “It’s a real thing. It’s a meter on new jackets, and it tells you when you fall how durable you are. It’s crazy. It’s also in the new Sorel boots that we just got.” Labine: “That’s the first time I've heard that term. No idea.” (Def: A measure of the hardness of a resin. Used to rate flexibility in snow boots.) Pit zip: Labine: “Oh, that’s a vent for your jacket under your arm.” Crawford: “Really?” (Def: A zipper under the arm of your ski jacket that lets cold air in.) Fun box: Crawford: “I’m sitting on one!” Labine: “Oh, that’s a snowboard box at a freestyle park. He’s from Texas, so he wouldn’t know that. I’ve ridden a few fun boxes." (Def: The box snowboarders use to slide across.) Bonus question: If skiing is a metaphor for life, what can it teach you? Crawford: “It all starts at the top of the hill, and it all ends down at the bottom of the hill at the fun box, with a durometer. That’s when you discover who you really are. Then you take the gondola again and ride to the top of life. That’s all I got.” Labine: “He’s right. It starts high, and then it’s all downhill until you get to the fun box. I like that it’s all downhill. You’re born, and then it’s just all downhill. It’s a fun ride.” READ MORE Who does Kim Cattrall want to ride the chairlift with? What' is Sarah Gadon's go-to swear word when she falls? What other stars dropped into our photo studio?  
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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Chace Crawford and Cameron Labine