Kevin Smith Wants Seann William Scott for His Hockey Movie
I'm actually watching the USA vs Canada hockey game at the Olympics while writing this, which is more than just a coincidence, because this NHL.com article actually starts out talking about this game. Anyway, Kevin Smith was recently interviewed by NHL.com for Cop Out and revealed there that Seann William Scott will play Buddy, the lead character in his new hockey movie Hit Somebody. Smith just worked with Scott in Cop Out, due out next weekend, as well as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Scott is not officially signed on yet, but Smith says he wants to take Scott "to the (Tom) Hanks level" as an actor. Wait, what?!
Hit Somebody, which is based on the Warren Zevon song, tells the story of a guy who wants more than anything to be in the NHL, but is only good at one thing: beating people up on the ice. "Seann, for me, was the key into the character," Smith told NHL.com. "I had all the elements in place, and the one thing I was missing was the personality. Generally I like to write to a voice, but I didn't know who that voice was or what that voice could be. And then after spending all the time with Seann on this movie, he's pitch perfect. He is that guy." So it sounds like he chose Scott to write the character for, isn't completely signed on yet.
"This dude has something in him that you can just see hangs so well on Buddy. He's got some pain that's going to work out well. More importantly he has so much love in his heart. Seann Scott is such an ebullient, happy person who's just happy to be there. And on ('Cop Out') you could see it. On our set the guy is just so delighted to be working, to be making people laugh. But he's always dismissed as Stifler… This is his chance to shine."
NHL.com also talked with Seann William Scott, which makes this seem official. "I didn't grow up playing hockey which is good because the character is not supposed to be a great player, he's a great fighter," Scott said. Smith must've seen something in him on the Cop Out set, because he really has high hopes for him. "[Tom] Hanks for years and years did this (lesser) role and then he became that (blockbuster movie) guy. This is Seann's chance to do that as well, not just be Stifler. And it's my chance to not just be the Clerks guy. It's my chance to do something big, epic in scale." The more I hear, the better this sounds, bring it on!
I hope this doesn't mean that fellow hockey geek Wil Wheaton is being cut? Smith revealed last year that Wheaton would be in Hit Somebody, but it's probably to play one of the many supporting hockey players, definitely not the lead. We also reported in January that Hit Somebody might be ready to shoot this year, but it sounds like Kevin Smith hasn't even finished the screenplay and therefore probably doesn't have any financing yet, but I'm not entirely sure. Either way, I'm excited to see this, maybe even more than Cop Out right now. I'm not a fan of Seann William Scott, but I'll give him a chance only in this movie. Thoughts?