History Creator / KevinSmith

19th Mar '17 10:25:49 AM najhoant
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'''Kevin Patrick Smith''' (born 1970) is a film director, screenwriter, actor, comic book writer and comedian best known for his "View Askewniverse" films, notably ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', ''Film/ChasingAmy'' and ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. Smith is a proud native of New Jersey and most of his films take place in the state. He married journalist Jennifer Schwalbach in 1999. They have one daughter, Harley Quinn Smith (yes, named after the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' character; he is close friends with writer Paul Dini.)

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'''Kevin Patrick Smith''' (born 1970) is a film director, screenwriter, actor, comic book writer and comedian best known for his "View Askewniverse" films, notably ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', ''Film/ChasingAmy'' and ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. Smith is a proud native of New Jersey and most of his films take place in the state. He married journalist Jennifer Schwalbach in 1999. They have one daughter, Harley Quinn Smith (yes, named after the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' character; he is close friends with writer Paul Dini.Creator/PaulDini.)



* A rather poorly-received Batman miniseries, ''Widening Gyre'', which was supposed to be a 12-part series with a fairly long break after part 6. However, because Smith's and artist Walt Flanagan's time was taken up by ''Series/ComicBookMen'', that break lasted way longer than expected. It was later decided that the rest of the series would be published as a second title, ''Batman: Bellicosity'', but that [[DevelopmentHell was due in 2014]] and nothing has happened since, effectively leaving ''Widening Gyre'' unresolved.

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* A rather poorly-received Batman miniseries, ''Widening Gyre'', which was supposed to be a 12-part series with a fairly long break after part 6. between parts 6 and 7. However, because Smith's and artist Walt Flanagan's time was taken up by ''Series/ComicBookMen'', that break lasted way longer than expected. just kind of kept on going. It was later decided that the rest of the series would be published as a second title, ''Batman: Bellicosity'', but that [[DevelopmentHell was due in 2014]] and nothing has happened since, effectively leaving ''Widening Gyre'' unresolved.unresolved [[spoiler:[[UnresolvedCliffhanger on a cliffhanger]]]].
17th Mar '17 3:52:50 PM themisterfree
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* ''[=MallBrats=]''

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* ''[=MallBrats=]''''[=MallBrats=]'' - An attempted ''Mallrats'' sequel that ended up being put on the backburner for various reasons, including a planned conversion to a TV mini-series.
16th Mar '17 11:29:56 PM NWolfman
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* SoMyKidsCanWatch: ''Jersey Girl'' was made because he'd just had a daughter and wanted to make a movie that wasn't filled with crude humor. Unfortunately, a lot of his fans were angered by their hero "going soft", and he was forced to make a return to form. Watching the movie with the fact that it was made for and about Smith's daughter in mind does make the movie much sweeter though.
16th Mar '17 11:29:04 PM NWolfman
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* IAmNotSpock: Both Smith and Jason Mewes are pretty much forever linked with their characters. It doesn't help that Smith continually names their joint projects ''Jay and Silent Bob [verb phrase]''



* NamesTheSame: .






* ScheduleSlip: His comic book work is ''infamous'' for enormous gaps between issues and heavy delays.
16th Mar '17 11:27:29 PM NWolfman
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* CreatorBacklash: Mocked and simulated; when a group of people announced they were going to picket his film Dogma at a theater near where he lives, Smith himself showed up and picketed the film too with a "Dogma is dogshit" sign. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QepgKVOVfZ8 He ends up being filmed by a news crew as a protester, and the reporter recognized him.]] He'll also be the first one to admit that his films lack visual panache, giving this as the reason why he has no interest in directing anything in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse or Film/DCExtendedUniverse despite his extensive comic fandom, preferring to stick to TV superheroes.



* ExecutiveMeddling:
** His story of his time as a writer for ''Franchise/{{Superman}} Reborn'' and the insane requests of producer Jon Peters, including Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} fighting a polar bear and having a robot sidekick speaking with a CampGay voice and Superman fighting a GiantSpider in the third act, not being allowed to fly and [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack only wearing black]].
** Played straight and then subverted with ''Film/CopOut'': It was originally entitled ''A Couple of Dicks'', but the MPAA weren't cool with that. They were using ''A Couple of Cops'' as a placeholder, and one of the execs suggested that they use that. Smith said that it was a "cop out" to use that title, so the executive suggested that they use ''that''. Smith thought this was brilliant, admitted that the executives were much smarter than he is, and then ran with that title. One suggestion for a sequel would be ''Rock Out With Your Cop Out.''
** Smith also stated that back when he was writing the [[SpiderMan Black Cat]] mini series, the Marvel Execs also offered to make him the official writer of Spider-Man on the condition that his first storyline would involve breaking up Peter and Mary Jane's marriage. Predicting the inevitable [[InternetBackdraft shit storm]] that would have [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay resulted from that]], Smith declined the gig.
** Then there's his whole story about working for Prince, which cannot be properly summarized other than to hear it [[AuthorFilibuster in its full, rambling glory]].
* FollowTheLeader: While it was already pretty trendy in the '90s, his penchant for profane, sarcastic dialogue spoken by twentysomethings going through their quarter-life crisis gave way to a slew of copycats from ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' onward, even helping to spawn the entire "mumblecore" sub-genre.



* NamesTheSame: Not to be confused with Kevin Smith from ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}''. Or, for that matter, the late actor who played [[XenaWarriorPrincess Ares]].

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* NamesTheSame: Not to be confused with Kevin Smith from ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}''. Or, for that matter, the late actor who played [[XenaWarriorPrincess Ares]].NamesTheSame: .



* OldShame: While he stands by what he said about his time with Prince, he feels this way about the fact that it came across as derisive during his standup.



* ProductionPosse: If he's making a movie expect Jason Mewes, Creator/BenAffleck, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson or Brian O'Halloran to be on board, if not all of them. He's frequently written parts into his films for actress Betty Aberlin after working with her on ''Dogma'' because, like all boys his age, he fell in love with her during ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''. Behind the camera there's cinematographer Dave Klein who has shot all of Smith's films and producer/friend Scott Mosier who produced all of Smith's films up to ''Zack and Miri Make a Porno''.
* PromotedFanboy:
** Smith was a collector of ''Degrassi'' episodes in the days before DVD, when only rich hobbyists could afford such things. Not only did he name a character in ''Clerk''s after Caitlin, but he admitted to laying down $8,000 to get the entire ''Degrassi'' catalog on tape.
** In the DVD commentary for ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', he delights in the fact he had a lightsaber -- er, bongsaber -- duel with Mark Hamill. The Batman lifer has also scored an appearance as a playable mini-fig in ''VideoGame/LegoBatman 3: Beyond Gotham''.
** Smith became a huge fan of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and got in touch with the showrunners if he could be involved in any way, which got him the job of directing the penultimate season 2 episode before the two-part finale and joining the director rotation for season 3, along with directing episode for other DC CW shows.
** The long-time ''Star Wars'' fan got to cameo in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', dubbing the stormtrooper who spots the X-wing fleet heading towards Maz's castle ("We have incoming at two-eight-point-six, move!") and getting his name in the famous blue-text credits crawl.

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* ProductionPosse: If he's making a movie expect Jason Mewes, Creator/BenAffleck, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson or Brian O'Halloran to be on board, if not all of them. He's frequently written parts into his films for actress Betty Aberlin after working with her on ''Dogma'' because, like all boys his age, he fell in love with her during ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''. Behind the camera there's cinematographer Dave Klein who has shot all of Smith's films and producer/friend Scott Mosier who produced all of Smith's films up to ''Zack and Miri Make a Porno''.
* PromotedFanboy:
** Smith was a collector of ''Degrassi'' episodes in the days before DVD, when only rich hobbyists could afford such things. Not only did he name a character in ''Clerk''s after Caitlin, but he admitted to laying down $8,000 to get the entire ''Degrassi'' catalog on tape.
** In the DVD commentary for ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', he delights in the fact he had a lightsaber -- er, bongsaber -- duel with Mark Hamill. The Batman lifer has also scored an appearance as a playable mini-fig in ''VideoGame/LegoBatman 3: Beyond Gotham''.
** Smith became a huge fan of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and got in touch with the showrunners if he could be involved in any way, which got him the job of directing the penultimate season 2 episode before the two-part finale and joining the director rotation for season 3, along with directing episode for other DC CW shows.
** The long-time ''Star Wars'' fan got to cameo in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', dubbing the stormtrooper who spots the X-wing fleet heading towards Maz's castle ("We have incoming at two-eight-point-six, move!") and getting his name in the famous blue-text credits crawl.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/MattDamon initially wanted to Smith to direct their screenplay, ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. He declined on the grounds of feeling that he wouldn't do justice to the material and told them to search for someone better. He did stay on as producer, however, and was crucial into bringing the film to Miramax.
16th Mar '17 11:21:59 PM NWolfman
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* EqualOpportunityOffender: {{Downplayed|Trope}}, but as with any subject in his films, if someone's ethnicity, gender or sexuality comes up in his work, it'll be humorously mused upon to death. When he received a massive backlash from religious fundamentalists for ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', he followed it up with the feel-good, controversy-free ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''... which received a massive backlash from LGBTQ groups for all of the gay jokes.
12th Mar '17 10:50:47 AM nombretomado
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* ProductionPosse: If he's making a movie expect Jason Mewes, Creator/BenAffleck, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson or Brian O'Halloran to be on board, if not all of them. Recently he's frequently written parts into his films for actress Betty Aberlin after working with her on ''Dogma'' because, like all boys his age, he fell in love with her during ''MisterRogersNeighborhood''. Behind the camera there's cinematographer Dave Klein who has shot all of Smith's films and producer/friend Scott Mosier who produced all of Smith's films up to ''Zack and Miri Make a Porno''.

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* ProductionPosse: If he's making a movie expect Jason Mewes, Creator/BenAffleck, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson or Brian O'Halloran to be on board, if not all of them. Recently he's He's frequently written parts into his films for actress Betty Aberlin after working with her on ''Dogma'' because, like all boys his age, he fell in love with her during ''MisterRogersNeighborhood''.''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''. Behind the camera there's cinematographer Dave Klein who has shot all of Smith's films and producer/friend Scott Mosier who produced all of Smith's films up to ''Zack and Miri Make a Porno''.
14th Feb '17 9:42:07 PM BumblebeeMagnus
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* ''Clerks III'' - Although Smith has at least three projects lined up beforehand, and the Weinsteins have denied funding ''Clerks III'', Smith still insists the film will be made, while once considered likely sometime in 2016, [[DevelopmentHell we still don't have a definitive timeframe as of that year]].

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* ''Clerks III'' - Although Smith has at least three projects lined up beforehand, ''Jay and the Weinsteins have denied funding Silent Bob Reboot'' - After an unnamed cast member passed on ''Clerks III'', Smith still insists decided to take advantage of his ownership of Jay and Silent Bob to tell the film will be made, while story of the duo once considered likely sometime in 2016, [[DevelopmentHell we still don't have a definitive timeframe again heading to Hollywood to prevent Bluntman and Chronic from, as the title suggests, being rebooted. The first draft has been completed as of that year]].
February 2017.
14th Feb '17 2:41:47 PM najhoant
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* A rather poorly-received Batman miniseries, ''Widening Gyre''

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* A rather poorly-received Batman miniseries, ''Widening Gyre''Gyre'', which was supposed to be a 12-part series with a fairly long break after part 6. However, because Smith's and artist Walt Flanagan's time was taken up by ''Series/ComicBookMen'', that break lasted way longer than expected. It was later decided that the rest of the series would be published as a second title, ''Batman: Bellicosity'', but that [[DevelopmentHell was due in 2014]] and nothing has happened since, effectively leaving ''Widening Gyre'' unresolved.
7th Feb '17 5:58:50 PM SirSapphire
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* ProductionPosse: If he's making a movie expect Jason Mewes, Creator/BenAffleck, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson or Brian O'Halloran to be on board, if not all of them. Behind the camera there's cinematographer Dave Klein who has shot all of Smith's films and producer/friend Scott Mosier who produced all of Smith's films up to ''Zack and Miri Make a Porno''.

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* ProductionPosse: If he's making a movie expect Jason Mewes, Creator/BenAffleck, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson or Brian O'Halloran to be on board, if not all of them. Recently he's frequently written parts into his films for actress Betty Aberlin after working with her on ''Dogma'' because, like all boys his age, he fell in love with her during ''MisterRogersNeighborhood''. Behind the camera there's cinematographer Dave Klein who has shot all of Smith's films and producer/friend Scott Mosier who produced all of Smith's films up to ''Zack and Miri Make a Porno''.
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