Kevin Smith Responds to A Couple of Dicks Criticism
Apparently when it was first reported last week that Kevin Smith was hired by Warner Brothers to direct a comedy called A Couple of Dicks, a few people were saying that he had finally sold out and decided to make something that wasn't his own for a boat load of cash. Well guess what, that's not the case, sorry to burst your bubble. Smith did an interview with Lee Stranahan on YouTube (via SlashFilm) and answered some questions about the project. "The budget of the movie is NOT huge," Smith said. "It meant a lot of us had to give up a bunch of our salary to make this movie, that’s how passionate we are about the flick."
Before we get any further, the project is actually called A Couple of Dicks, and not A Couple of Cops, which was what Variety reported. The plot involves two veteran LAPD detectives who attempt to track down a stolen, mint-condition, 1952 baseball card. Smith promises it will be "definitely an R-rated film" with "salty language" but nothing that makes it hard R. He was hired because it's about "two dudes talking to each other" and Warner Brothers' Jeff Robinov thought his visual chops were now "up to snuff." This should be more than enough to convince you that this isn't just a paycheck job, but if not, Smith has more to say.
For anyone that claims he has sold out, Smith says that he's "making less to make this movie than I did on Dogma, which is a movie I made 10 years ago and didn't make a lot of money." He goes on to add that, "[this is] the way I think the business should be run. Everyone should take the risk and then if it pans out, we all get rich." Which means he's not taking a big paycheck, but if this ends up a success, he'll make money. So in essence, it's a passion project for everyone involved, even the actors - Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. So there you have it. A Couple of Dicks is already slated for release on January 29th, 2010.