Kevin Smith Wants Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in 'Hit Somebody'
Yesterday was the very first time writer/director Kevin Smith sat down with a major media outlet for an extensive interview following his much buzzed about appearance with Red State at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. While there was certainly some talk about the premiere, his forthcoming Red State roadshow and the reaction to his return to indie distribution, some of the interesting details from the one-hour interview at MTV resulted in some news on Hit Somebody, his hockey flick based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name. Smith revealed he wants to bring his old friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck into the mix.
The two A-list stars certainly have a history with Kevin Smith, as both of them lead his religious comedy Dogma. Affleck also led his romantic comedy Chasing Amy and played quite the douchebag in Mallrats. However, their roles in Hit Somebody would probably be more cameos much like their appearance in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. They won't be playing themselves, but Smith says: "They're all coming back. It's like The Muppet Movie. You've got your core cast, and then a zillion cameos. It's going to sum everything up. We'll have a team in Boston, and who do you think I'm going to call? Both of those dudes." Since this has been confirmed to be Smith's last time in the director's chair, it definitely seems like he's going all out to get all of his old collaborators back for his final film.
In addition to casting, Smith made a comment that shows this project is truly close to his heart. Not only is the filmmaker an avid hockey fan, but he says the film is "an analogous tale to my time in film." Smith has described the story as being about a guy "who loves hockey with all his heart, but is no damn good at it. Then he gets his shot." Obviously, whether or not Smith is "no damn good" at writing and directing films is a matter of opinion, but he's probably being a little too self-deprecating by relating this to his own film career.
Either way, he's got some work to do before filming begins because apparently the script is already 110 pages long and he's only halfway done. Smith himself calls the script "chunky," but with a song that spans a time period from the 50's to the 80's in the hands of a man who loves hockey, there's obviously a lot of love going into it. In addition, he'll be creating his own hockey league to use in the film since the NHL (which has to be licensed for use in feature films) is simply too expensive to be used in the flick. Honestly, this project sounds like a great way for Smith to end his career, and I'm already looking forward to it. What about you guys?