• Director Kevin Smith to share 'Star Wars' thoughts

      Director-actor-podcaster Kevin Smith has never worked on an official "Star Wars" project, but he's enthusiastically talked about the films enough to be added to the upcoming Star Wars Celebration at the Orange County Convention Center.




      "An Evening with Kevin Smith," a question-and-answer session on Aug. 23, will be his contribution to Celebration, a four-day fan gathering that also will feature Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Seth Green and other luminaries.

      "I took my fandom of 'Star Wars' and kind of made it one of the cornerstones of what I do," Smith said Thursday. Mentions of the films were worked into "Clerks" and "Mallrats," two early Smith films."It kind of became expected that anytime I was making a flick there would be some sort of 'Star Wars' joke or reference," said Smith, 41. "I kept it up for a long, long time."His hard-core fandom has roots in two childhood events. The first was seeing three costumed characters Darth Vader, Chewbacca and a stormtrooper at the grand opening of a toy store.

      "We're talking pre-cable TV, pre-Internet, pre-anything interesting," Smith said. "It was magical, man."

      His second big "Star Wars" moment was when a friend received a mail-order set of "Star Wars" action figures.

      "We didn't have a VCR back then. You couldn't run a DVD of 'Star Wars' over and over again," he said "You saw it when it was in the theaters, and then if you wanted to enjoy it again, you kind of had to make it up yourself, and the action figures were helpful when it came to that."

      Smith has not had a "Star Wars" credit, but he has ideas set in the Star Wars universe. A dream project would be based on the life of an existing character, he said."Boba Fett is this mysterious character that really didn't do that much in the 'Star Wars' universe but, boy, people loved him because he looked cool as hell," Smith said.

      He said he'd want to be the producer not writer or director of a Fett film, and he'd hire "Captain America" director Joe Johnston, who has worked with "Star Wars" mastermind George Lucas.

      Smith also likes the concept of a "greatest hits" package."Here's the young Han Solo, man. Here's the young wookiee, Chewbacca. Oh, he crossed paths with Vader at one other point." Smith said. "That's what the fans would love to see, like a mash-up kind of thing of all the favorite elements."

      Smith has plenty of work without taking on dream projects. He's producing the second season of "Comic Book Men" on AMC, a movie-centric series called "Spoilers" for Hulu and creating dozens of podcasts. Coming up next year is "Hit Somebody," which he says will be his final feature film.

      "It's the last one I'm going to direct. I'm going to concentrate on podcasting," he said.Tickets for "An Evening with Kevin Smith" go on sale Monday for current Star Wars Celebration attendees and on July 2 to the general public. Prices range from $15 to $75. For more information, go to StarWarsCelebration.com.

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      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        I'd love to see this, but I simply ain't gonna do Celebration in Florida a month after Comic-Con expenses, so hopefully he touches on some of it at his Commie-con panel (that's how he pronounces it).
      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        Every day, my enthusiasm for anything Smith-related dwindles just a bit. It's around -87% right now. I just don't understand the fascination with him; he doesn't know an actual good movie if it bites him on the arse (even though, I guess accidentally, he made a few).
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Clerks 2 was pretty good, but Steve and I walked out of the Cop Out screening at Comic-Con a couple years ago, really early into the film in fact, and I haven't been able to watch a Kevin Smith film since (that is accidentally a lie, I watched Mallrats not too long ago, forgot about that).

        That said, Kevin Smith is a fantastic geek-themed orator, he knows how to make an amazing presentation and a fantastic panel experience every time (except the year he conned us all into waiting in a huge line to watch the horrible pilot for Reaper - that was bogus).
      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        I found Clerks 2 to be tonally inconsistent with the previous J&SB films, and more like a live-action, 2-hour episode of the cartoon. Also, Smith had shown surprising depth with the Jersey Girl, which bombed in part because the audience didn't want anything but the same-old, same-old, and returning to the J&SB well after swearing it was done seemed a huge cop out, no pun intended.

        Dogma and Jersey Girl are evidence that there is still good in him. But he's more... uh, too tired to finish the reference.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        I think the only movie of his I've seen is the original Clerks, which I liked. But as JT said, he's really good at public speaking events and the like. I would like to see this but the extra cost deters me somewhat. This might be the first time something in a Celebration has separate tickets for non-attendees, which is kind of odd.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
        I found Clerks 2 to be tonally inconsistent with the previous J&SB films, and more like a live-action, 2-hour episode of the cartoon. Also, Smith had shown surprising depth with the Jersey Girl, which bombed in part because the audience didn't want anything but the same-old, same-old, and returning to the J&SB well after swearing it was done seemed a huge cop out, no pun intended.

        Dogma and Jersey Girl are evidence that there is still good in him. But he's more... uh, too tired to finish the reference.
        Either you don't remember the cartoon very well, or you and I view the cartoon VERY differently because I couldn't disagree more with that assessment of Clerks 2. Also, Clerks was nothing like Mallrats and Mallrats was nothing like Chasing Amy which was not like Dogma, and if you want to talk cartoony then J&SB Strike Back was the worst offender of all.

        I think Jersey Girl failed because it had horrible marketing that hinged on Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez's relationship, only to have said relationship tank right before the movie came out (and for that celebrity couple to have starred in a critical disaster of a film during that same time). I never bothered to see Jersey Girl because the marketing really just made it look like a movie I wouldn't enjoy, no matter the director.

        Dogma was my favorite until Clerks 2 came out, it's clear Silent Bob has good ideas left in his head, just needs a better producer to make good movies. Instead he's dropping out of cinema altogether which kinda sucks.


        Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
        I think the only movie of his I've seen is the original Clerks, which I liked. But as JT said, he's really good at public speaking events and the like. I would like to see this but the extra cost deters me somewhat. This might be the first time something in a Celebration has separate tickets for non-attendees, which is kind of odd.
        No, there was an evening with Carrie Fisher which cost extra at Celebration IV, there was another extra-cost event at CIV as well as CII and CIII and I think it was the Star Wars in 30 Minutes folks or something like that, they often have an extra-cost evening event I think. Doesn't make sense to me though, I was at CIV until midnight a couple days and had a great time without paying another dime.
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