With Canadians as varied as Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox and Keanu Reeves commanding our cinema and TV screens, the nation north of the border has certainly provided us with some iconic entertainment.
But in the past few years there’s been a fresh wave of Canadian stars who have shown the impressive ability to dominate our media and even become the subject of some groundbreaking online games too.
2016 has seen Vancouver-native Ryan Reynolds updating an overlooked comic book character and video game hero thanks to his side-splitting role as Deadpool. Whereas Ryan Gosling looks to cement his reputation as an A-list movie star later this spring when crime thriller The Nice Guys sees the Canadian actor lining up opposite Russell Crowe in an eagerly awaited film.
Canada has also always had a great reputation for its comedic talents thanks to the efforts of Dan Aykroyd, Jim Carrey and Mike Myers, and Seth Rogan’s controversial 2014 movie The Interview certainly showed a gleeful irreverence upon its eventual release.
Female Canadian stars have also found a great deal of success in Hollywood in recent years with Rachel McAdams receiving an Oscar nomination for her gripping portrayal of an investigative journalist in Spotlight. Whereas Ellen Page has shown herself to be one of Hollywood’s most adaptable stars with acclaimed performances in movies as varied as her breakthrough film Juno to blockbusters like X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Sci-fi continues to be fertile ground for Canadian TV stars too with the recent “Battlestar Galactica” series featuring a plethora of Canadian actors like Michael Hogan, Tahmoh Penikett and Aaron Douglas. The stars gave the series such a boost that it has even become the focus of a “Battlestar Galactica” slots game that is just one of the range of games available at the Lucky Nugget Casino website that provides all of the excitement of the TV series, but from the convenience of a cellphone.
Elsewhere our TV screens have been graced with the likes of Evangeline Lilly providing an award-winning role for the iconic show “Lost”. Furthermore, Winnipeg native Anna Paquin delivered a defining update to the vampire trend with her gripping performance in HBO’s “True Blood”.
And with a new generation of stars looking to succeed famous Canadian faces as varied as James Cameron and Pamela Anderson, it looks like our movies, TV shows and casino games will all soon have a particularly Canadian flavor!