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Kings defenseman Rob Blake makes an appearance in "Love Guru"

Monday, 06.09.2008 / 3:24 PM / Features
By Thomas LaRocca  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
Rob Blake has always been a talented hockey player while Justin Timberlake has always been a talented performer, both as an actor and a musician.

This summer the duo flip-flop roles as Blake hits the big screen and Timberlake hits the ice in the latest Mike Myers’ comedy, "Love Guru," set to be released June 20.

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"The shoot went really well, it was well planned out," Blake told LAKings.com. "All of my scenes had to be done in one day on a break in the [Kings’] schedule. We started early and were there for about 18-20 hours straight for just a small scene.

"They had to take so many different takes with different camera angles, it is a slow process."

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, that process had to be completed rather quickly.

The Kings had opened the season in Europe playing a two-game set with the Anaheim Ducks at the O2 Arena in London at the NHL Premiere on Sept. 29 and 30. While the rest of the Kings flew from Heathrow to LAX the following morning, Blake flew to Toronto to spend a day shooting the film, before rejoining the team in Los Angeles on Oct. 3.

Blake took a faceoff with Maple Leafs star Darren Roanoke, played by Romany Malco, in the movie "Love Guru."

"Basically in the scene, it is the Kings vs. the Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Finals. I had a couple of different lines, hopefully they made the movie, I don’t even know."

Blake has not yet seen the final, edited version of the film, and so far in all the previews, has not seen his cameo, leaving more than one teammate to wonder if he is even actually in the movie.

"Near the end of the season, we went to see a movie as a team, I think it was "21," Blake said. "A whole bunch of guys on the team were in the theater and this preview comes on for "Love Guru" and they were heckling me.

"Then of course, they didn’t see me in the preview, they weren’t sure I was really in the movie."

The movie follows Pitka - the Love Guru played by Myers - who devotes his life to helping troubled couples. Pitka is abandoned by his American parents in India at an early age and raised by gurus, where he absorbs the lessons taught to him by his teachers. He would later return to the United States, becoming a leading authority on spirituality and self-help.

After Maple Leafs star Darren Roanoke (played by Romany Malco) begins to struggle on the ice when his wife begins dating L.A. Kings star Jacques Grande (Timberlake), team owner Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) and Coach Cherkov (Verne Troyer) turn to Pitka and his unorthodox methods, to help.

Rob Blake and Justin Timberlake pose for a photo prior to a Timberlake concert in September 2007. The pair would reunite a month later on the set of "Love Guru."

Blake, obviously, appears as a member of the Kings in the Finals, but had a memorable scene with Myers.

"There was one scene with Mike Myers where he is on the bench and I have to go talk to him, which is kind of interesting," Blake recalls. "You can see how he kind of ad-libs everything. He just kind of comes out and goes through it, and if he didn’t like the look of it, he says 'let’s try something different here.' He had a take on everything in the movie."

Though he did not act in a scene with Timberlake, he did get to help the pop star work on his goaltending skills.

"Justin was at the shoot, he plays the Kings goalie. It was his first time on skates. He got all dressed up in the Kings uniform and we had to take shots on him to warm him up. He was in there to get some practice.

"Surprisingly enough, for being the first time on skates, he is a pretty good goalie."

Myers, who grew up in Toronto, is an avid hockey fan, especially of the Maple Leafs. But living and working in Los Angeles, Myers has a soft spot for the Kings as well.

Blake had one scene with Mike Myers, whom he has known since 1993, when the Kings defeated Myers' hometown Maple Leafs to advance to the Stanley Cup.

"In ‘93 when we were playing the Leafs in the Conference Finals, he attended quite a few of the games," Blake said of Myers. "He was friends with Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall and I got to know him there. He would also skate with us during the summers.

"So we have known each other for a while and when he decided to make this movie, I was the only LA King player that was left from that time."

Interestingly, Blake was not the only King making an appearance in the film as former King Jim Thomson was an extra in the movie as well. Thomson was a teammate of Blake’s with the Kings from 1990-93, collecting 237 PIMs in 62 games.

Also of note, this was not Blake’s first foray into acting as he made a cameo on the television series, "Pacific Blue," a mid-90’s series about cops on bike patrol in Santa Monica.

And though Blake is sure he will get "razzed a bit in training camp," Blake is looking forward to the reactions of his family – especially his kids – when they are old enough to see it of course.

"I don’t know if they would understand it yet," Blake said. "That was kind of the reason I did it, I knew it was a hectic schedule and it was going to be tough to do, but I thought for the future, when the kids are a little older - and Mike Myers movies never go away, they are always good and always funny - I thought it would be something cool the kids could watch."

Love Guru hits theaters June 20.