Actor and writer Bernard Robichaud is well-known for his role as Cyrus in comedy-crime series Trailer Park Boys and has also appeared as Bobby Sr in the 2017 TV movie Sea Change. Among his many roles as an actor, Bernard has starred alongside the late Corey Haim in thriller The Hostage Game and is currently working on a few new productions including Vizions of Rock and To Avenge. Recently, Bernard told us about appearing in Trailer Park Boys, acting alongside the late Corey Haim and his upcoming productions.
How did your acting career come about?
A modeling agent in Toronto told me I was missing my calling so I auditioned for the theatre arts program at Dalhousie University where I was told I’d never be an actor but they’d accept me, so I enrolled. I started working as a professional two years earlier than the rest of my classmates after being given the role in a radio drama playing the voices of Robert/Becky.
What’s it like on set of Trailer Park Boys?
It’s a great team with a lot of talent, so it’s exciting, never a dull moment.
Do you film episodes chronologically?
How would you describe your character Cyrus?
He is a gun toting, drug dealing, instigator, with little education, while he still maintains a soft heart.
Is there anything you can tell us about the productions To Avenge and Vizions of Rock?
Vizions of Rock is based on a house band that made it to the big time, based on a true story; it’s a rock comedy, mockumentary.
To Avenge is a thriller based on the parallels of the #MeToo movement. That’s all I want to say about these without giving away too much.
How long were you filming the TV movie Sea Change?
The filming took a couple of weeks, but only a few days for me.
Where did you film for your role of Bobby Sr.?
We filmed in Chester Nova Scotia.
How was it acting alongside and being on set with the late Corey Haim in The Hostage Game?
Corey was a great guy, very giving, and inquisitive and I felt like a big brother to him in many ways. On set he was a true professional. I will miss him and his smile. I still have his mother in my life.
Can you remember how long you were on the set for?
Can you tell us more about Kitchen Sports?
It’s a play I wrote based on my life as a young competitive athlete growing up in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father. A boy looking for his father’s approval and love yet trying to make his own way.
Do you have any stand-up comedy tours coming up?
Not at the moment, just Comic Cons.
Is there a theme to your shows?
Originally I wrote what was my life and twisted it a little to fit the character of Cyrus but that became much like a cartoon and one man show, I’ve since been reformatting the work to reflect my life experiences and refrain from being Cyrus.
What other writing projects are you currently working on?
No other writing at the moment, it seems writing comedy is ever evolving.
Can you tell us about your charity work with Prostate Cancer Canada?
I just started as an Ambassador with Prostate Cancer Canada so very much looking forward to doing what I can to save lives by spreading awareness whenever and wherever possible.
We’ve heard you’re an avid golfer, how often do you get chance to play?
LOL, as often as possible.
Do you have any acting roles you’re currently working on or are coming up later this year?
I’m working on something new with the Trailer Park Boys, and another web series called Hard Times which has recently gained interest from a broadcaster; I’ll not reveal at this time, I don’t want to jinx it.
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