John Goodman Taking Residence in Kevin Smith's 'Red State'
by Ethan Anderton
September 21, 2010
In August we found out that the long talked about horror project Red State from fan fave filmmaker Kevin Smith would finally be shooting this month. Though most of the cast had already been revealed, one name hadn't yet made headlines until now. Hollywood Babble-On, an offshoot of Smith's Smodcast, has revealed (via ShockTillYouDrop) that John Goodman has joined the cast in an unknown role. The film (which is doing pre-shoots now) focuses on a group of kids who encounter a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) who gives a new meaning to the term "extreme fundamentalism."
Since Michael Parks is playing the crazed preacher, we know Goodman won't be taking that role. However he does join quite a sizable cast that already includes Stephen Root (who starred with Goodman in O Brother, Where Art Thou), Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner and Melissa Leo. It was also revealed via Twitter that actor Kevin Pollak had been offered a role in the film, and this was apparently also confirmed by Hollywood Babble-On. Even though we've been waiting awhile, I'm still interested to see how a Kevin Smith directed horror film comes together. How about you?
I'm a HUGE fan of Kevin Smith. Seen all his movies. Can't wait for this one!
Daniel Felts on Sep 21, 2010
K Smith revealed in the previous episode of Hollywood BabbleOn that Pollock accepted the role.
alxunder on Sep 21, 2010
K Smith seems a bit overrated to me. He doesn't quite understand that anti-Christian American movies alienate a substantial potential audience. NONE of them make money. Besides, he's simply not THAT funny. No wonder his movies keep failing
j0 on Sep 21, 2010
I watched about 5minutes of Cop Out before I walked out. He's lost touch with his audience and can't seem to write anything but the same long winded dialogue into every character. Can't say I'll be lining up to see any other movies of his in the future but might take a peek if someone rents it for me.
pixelblink on Sep 21, 2010
@ j0... Not one single Kevin Smith film has ever been a financial failure. Smith will always have work because he's a brilliant business man who can make a film for under 30 mil and guarantee his financiers a small profit every single time (it's why a penny pinching producer like Harvey Weinstein continues to support him). His films are 90% dialogue that a contemporary audience can relate to and he's been riding that niche for years now (and I don't blame him). He writes short, single location screenplays that he knows he can get the financial backing for and due to that planning, he'll always have work. @ pixelblink... He didn't write any of the dialogue for Copout, which was the first film he's directed that didn't stem from his own source material. I saw him at the most recent Evening with Kevin Smith show in NYC and he explained that Cop Out was just that, a cop out. He took that job to build the funding and relationships required to be able to shoot Red State because no studio wanted to take a risk on him doing something that wasn't going to guarantee them their money back like every other small budgeted Kevin Smith film before. Red State is his chance to show the world that he can do something more than just make "dick and fart jokes" and I fully support him as one of my number one inspirations in film making. See if you can make a film for 5000$ in a convenience store with your friends that wins an award at Sundance and Cannes and then criticize Kevin Smith's career.
peloquin on Sep 21, 2010
I scrolled down to the comments box to reply to the bashing and then I saw peloquin took pretty much every word out of my mouth. I saw Smith here in Phoenix a few months ago and he also spoke then about his reasons for making Cop Out. Unfortunately, this kind of thing is a necessary evil in the movie biz sometimes.
Groov on Sep 21, 2010
I FREAKING LOVE JOHN GOODMAN. I WILL SEE THIS.
Angry Chief on Sep 21, 2010
I'm still pissed that they're calling it "Red State." Honestly, The Westboro Baptist freaks are not conservatives.
Al on Sep 21, 2010
Those photos of John Goodman are disturbing.
AeonTown on Sep 21, 2010
The title refers to blood not conservatives.
Fnord on Sep 21, 2010
geeez goodmans head looks like it belongs on a hunters wall in that pic holy #$%^ lol
o Toxin o on Sep 22, 2010
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