B's Thornton makes cameo appearance in movie 'Ted'


B's Thornton makes cameo appearance in movie 'Ted'

The show business rise of Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton continues as he scored himself a small cameo role in the Major motion picture Ted that opened this weekend in movie theaters all across the country.

The comedy stars Boston native Mark Wahlberg as a man with a teddy bear best friend (dont ask!) named Ted voiced by Family Guys Seth MacFarlane that makes life difficult for him.

The absurd comedy was written and directed by MacFarlane, so it has all the same stupid humor elements of the MacFarlane-penned Family Guy that still end up making the audience laugh as they cringe. Thorntons quick role takes place toward the end of the movie while Wahlberg is singing badly on stage. The Bruins enforcer rushes the stage as an enraged berserker from the audience as boos begin raining down from the crowd.

Wahlberg slams the onrushing Thornton in the face with his microphone stand just as the Bruins forward gets to the stage, and then keeps right on singing. It's a little bit of a stretch to think the 5-foot-8-ish Wahlberg could take down one of the NHL's toughest customers, but that's what Hollywood acting is all about in the end.The best part: Thornton is listed as Crazy Guy in the final credits for Ted as listed on IMDB.com.

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was asked on twitter about Thornton playing Crazy Guy in a movie, and responded by saying thats what hes listed as in the Bruins media guide as well.

Theres no telling if Thornton was picked for the role based solely on his thespian chops or because both he and Wahlberg are good friends with boxer Micky Ward.

But that likely isnt too hard to figure out.

Heres a link to the scene with Thornton and Wahlberg while it was being filmed nearly a year ago.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.