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Interview: Kevin Smith

By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 29, 2010

Hm, well, what do you expect people to ask you about?
Back on my birthday, I played the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, not even a few blocks from where I was born. They aired it on Epix, this channel, a couple weeks ago. That show, I guarantee will pretty much be what I wind up doing in Boston, because everyone asks pretty similar questions. There will definitely be venue specific questions. I bet there’s going to be way more Ben and Matt questions than I normally get anyplace else, but generally speaking, they’re going to ask about Bruce Willis, like, ‘What was it like to work with Bruce Willis in Cop Out?’ They’re going to ask about Red State. They’re going to ask about Southwest Airlines. The beautiful thing now though, is often times they don’t need to ask so many things, because there’s such a record of all the crap I talk about in public. Back in the day, for years and years, I told that fucking Superman story until I was blue in the face because no matter where I went, somebody hadn’t heard it. The beauty of the internet brought YouTube to bear, and eventually, somebody put it on YouTube, and I never really had to tell that story again. Taking one step back, putting it on DVD, doing the straight up Evening with Kevin Smith back in the day was helpful. Putting everything in one place enabled me to stop telling those stories. I haven’t had to tell that Superman story since we released that DVD. Nowadays, there’s a bunch of stuff they won’t ask because they’ve already heard it all on SModcast. The beautiful about this audience is there are definitely casual viewers in the audience, cats who are like, ‘Yeah, I saw Chasing Amy,’ but generally speaking, the audience is full of people who’ve seen the flicks, so we don’t really bother talking about or showing them. That’s why we got rid of flicks in the Q/As in the first place. I used to show the movie, then get up and talk about it. Then I was like, ‘This is ridiculous. We waste two hours watching movies we all know backwards and forewords.  Let’s just eliminate that and get straight to the talking.’ It’s different now. Just by virtue of the fact that I’ve done so many podcasts at this point, there’s so much Kevin Smith information for people who remain interested even in this day and age, they’re well covered. I’m always flabbergasted that I get up there and people always have something to ask…

I remember, in the second Evening With Kevin Smith DVD, people asked about your story about working with Prince from the first DVD.
There was a lot of following up. Yeah, the story kind of had a sequel to it. Then in the third DVD, Threevening, I don’t think there were any sequel stories. I get criticized for one story, though. People get mad that I answered a question about my dogs for an hour. I’m like, ‘Um, you didn’t really come thinking this was a learning experience, d’ja? We’re sitting here laughing. I’m having a good time.’ That one didn’t have many crossover stories. On the one that I did on Epix, that’s still airing right now, there was one crossover story in as much as I told the story on Threevening about working with Bruce Willis on Live Free or Die Hard. Now, the story I tell about working with him on Cop Out is kind of a sequel story, to some degree.

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