Corner Gas star, back on stage with Thunderstick, says stereotyping remains an issue
By Glen Schaefer
The Alberta-born actor dodged those stereotypes himself with his Gemini award-winning role as a small-town cop on the long-running Canadian sitcom hit Corner Gas, and he’s touring western Canada with the black-comic play Thunderstick, about a pair of native journalists chasing political scandal on a road trip.
“I think it’s for the most part ghettoized,” Cardinal says. “If they’re doing leathers and feathers, they want all the native actors they can get. But producers and casting directors have a hard time seeing native people as professionals—doctors or police chiefs or lawyers. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind, it’s always an uphill struggle.”
Below: "Craig Lauzon and Lorne Cardinal star in Thunderstick, which opens Wednesday at the Firehall Arts Centre."