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Interview: Kevin Smith

By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 29, 2010

Your last two movies weren’t necessarily your most successful. Does that mean  -
By what bar?

….Hm …Um…. (chokes. Starts babbling.)
Seriously though, by what bar are be judging the success by? For example, Cop Out, to me, was one of the most successful movies I’ve made in recent years, because I wound up working with this chick Meghan who wound up coming to work with me for good as my assistant. Meghan made my life so much easier, and kind of filled in the gaps that existed for years in terms of getting shit done, so I don’t have to micromanage everything. But on Red State, the product is far, far better. The movie’s better, because I worked with Meghan on Cop Out. Aside from just meeting Meghan. I made Cop Out, and it made Red State better. There are a lot of editorial choices I made in this flick, and hands down Red State is the finest edited flick I’ve ever been involved with, that came directly from working on Cop Out. The budget from Red State came from working on Cop Out. So when somebody’s like, ‘Meh meh meh, not successful,’ I’m like, ‘By what bar?’ 100 random people who call themselves critics, or something like that? ‘Cause those are the only people I saw bitchin’. On my twitter feed, where I got some people following me who actually paid to see the movie?  I still get tweets today that say, ‘I just watched the movie. It’s really funny. Why did people come down on it so hard?’ So in terms of whether or not the last few movies of mine have been successful, it really depends on which prism you view it through. I see more reactions to the flicks than journalists do, I would imagine. Most of the reactions I see, and you can read them for yourself on my twitter feed, are like 90% positive. So…y’know, we all know it takes a lot to seek somebody out to say something positive. It’s very easy to seek someone out just to shit on them. But it’s more difficult to find somebody who will seek you out to say, ‘Hey man, I liked it,’ and I see way more of that. So, I donno. Who’s right? The guy who has more evidence? Or the guy who’s like, ‘Eeeeh, I didn’t like it as much as I like the Christopher Nolan movie. I’m going to shit in the mouth of this movie.”

Well, the Christopher Nolan Batman movies are better than basically everything.
Believe me, I’m not comparing myself to Nolan. I think I’m firmly on record as saying I’m not a very good filmmaker.

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