Dan Gross: A role Lappy can't bite into

Judd Apatow and Ian Laperriere
Judd Apatow and Ian Laperriere (PHOTO: JAMES van RIEMSDYK)
Posted: August 23, 2011

WHEN A Flyers official heard that "40-Year-Old Virgin" director Judd Apatow was looking for a hockey player with no teeth for his new movie, he knew just who to recommend: Ian Laperriere.

The injured winger jumped at the opportunity and enlisted teammates Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk to join him in Hollywood for a 16-hour-day shoot in Apatow's "This is Forty."

The guys portray hockey players who hit up a bar after a game and end up dancing and somehow playing with Lappy's false teeth.

"I made a fool of myself, but it was fun," Lappy told us yesterday. "I like to try different things."

Laperriere admits that he was the worst dancer of the group, with Carle a close second, but that "JVR and Hartsy had some moves."

Lappy, who served as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet during the playoffs last season, put off dental work for the movie role.

He's an Apatow fan and enjoyed some of his other films, which include "Superbad," "Knocked Up" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Lapperiere enjoys all kinds of movies except horror films. "I'm not big on blood - I see my share of blood on the ice," he notes, agreeing with us that it's usually his.

Lappy says that he feels great physically but still has issues with blurry vision in his eye and is not sure whether he'll return to the ice.

"This is Forty" stars Megan Fox, Wyatt Russell and Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann, and is slated for release in December 2012.

Megan's ride

The Augusta MV motorcycle that Megan Fox rode in "Transformers II" is on display at Floyd's 99 Barbershop (2610 Moreland), in Willow Grove, courtesy of local motorcycle dealer Fast by Feracci. Customers are invited to sit on the bike and take pictures.

It's there another week or so.

Fresh Prince surprise

Will Smith was a surprise guest at WRNB DJ Lady B's 30th Anniversary concert Sunday night at the Dell Music Center.

The Fresh Prince performed "Summertime" and "Brand New Funk," and returned to the stage to rhyme with Doug E. Fresh on "La Di Da Di." The show celebrated the pioneering Philly hip-hop DJ on her 30 years in radio and featured performances by Public Enemy, Bell Biv DeVoe, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa and Philly's own Schoolly D.

WMMR duo stayin' put

Good news for fans of Preston & Steve. The 93.3 WMMR morning hosts aren't going anywhere for a while. The pair, who deliver major ratings for the rock station, just inked a new deal that will keep them there at least through 2015, which will be their 10th anniversary at WMMR.

Trash talk

You may see John DeBella picking up trash along the Montgomery Drive exit off I-76 Wednesday morning, but it isn't a court-ordered community service; rather, the 102.9 WMGK morning host and his crew were inspired by last week's Daily News cover story encouraging people to pick up litter.

DeBella and crew will broadcast from the off-ramp between 7:10 and 8:20 a.m. tomorrow.

Jock records PSA

Sacramento Kings forward and Lenape High basketball star Jason Thompson has taped a "Stop the Violence" spot for Fox 29 which should start airing today.

Fox 29 begain airing the PSAs last week in response to recent teen rampages in Center City. Fox reporters and anchors appear in other messages also airing now.

Anchor's higher ed

CBS 3/CW Philly anchor Dave Huddleston is teaching television broadcasting and production in Lincoln University's communications department.
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