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Q+A Denis Leary

Sept. 29, 2003
Sept. 29, 2003

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Sept. 29, 2003

Q+A Denis Leary

The comedian hosts his fourth celebrity charity hockey game at
Boston's FleetCenter on Sept. 28. Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier
and current Bruins captain Joe Thornton are among the many stars
who'll play to benefit the Leary Firefighters Foundation.

This is an article from the Sept. 29, 2003 issue Original Layout

SI: Massachusetts senator John Kerry is playing. Don't you owe Al
Sharpton, Joe Lieberman and the rest of the Democratic candidates
equal ice time?

Leary: If those guys want to play, I'll give them skates. I just
can't guarantee they'll get off the ice alive. Kerry can play. He
played at Yale, and he scored a couple of goals in our games in
the past. But tell Sharpton, Schwarzenegger and even Gary
Coleman, I'd love to have them on skates.

SI: Who are you playing with in the game?

Leary: I'm playing defense with Ray Bourque. That way I look good
no matter what.

SI: What was your greatest moment on the ice?

Leary: In a Rangers charity game three years ago I had three
goals and two assists, but the MVP went to one of the guys from
Barenaked Ladies because they sang the national anthem. That
pissed me off.

SI: Spike Lee told this magazine last week that his ultimate
sports fantasy is for the Knicks to win another championship and
for your Red Sox to never win one. Your response?

Leary: I don't know why Spike has a bug up his ass about the Red
Sox, but good luck to him and his Knicks. I don't think that's
going to happen either. I'm a lifelong Sox fan, and I've been
living and dying with them all summer. I know we're not going to
win, but I really enjoy how it's all going to blow up in our
faces.

SI: Who is the best hockey player in Hollywood?

Leary: Kiefer Sutherland is pretty good, and so is Tim Robbins.
But the two guys I would give the most credit to are Mike Myers
and Cuba Gooding Jr. because 10 years ago neither one could play.

SI: Is there a guy you wish you could get for the game?

Leary: Keanu Reeves is a pretty good goaltender. I've never
played against him, but I would love to see how that Matrix style
works out in net with me, Terry O'Reilly and Cam Neely coming
down at him.

--Richard Deitsch

For more from Denis Leary, go to si.com/magazine.

COLOR PHOTO: JENNIFER GRAYLOCK/AP (LEARY) Wants Keanu in goal