Trivia / Clerks

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Randal says "No time for love, Dr. Jones." to the man who forgot his keys. However, the actual line in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is "Hey Dr. Jones, no time for love!"
  • Creator Backlash: For a time, Jeff Anderson got so much unwanted attention from the film, due to how recognizable his face and voice were, that he hated it and even refused to speak to Kevin Smith for several years. It took some serious convincing to get him to reprise his role in later projects.
  • Dawson Casting: Marilyn Ghigliotti was 33 when she played Veronica, a student in her early 20s.
    • Downplayed with Dante. Actor Brian O'Halloran was 24 when shooting and 25 soon after release. Playing a 22 year old.
  • Enforced Method Acting: An unintentional case. According to the commentary, Jeff Anderson apparently screwed up the tongue-lashing monologue he delivers to Dante at the end multiple times, so that in the finalized scene when Randal snaps Anderson's rage is 100% real, fueled by how many times he had to do it over.
  • Executive Meddling: One of the good examples. The original Downer Ending had Dante being murdered by a holdup man but it was never included in any versions of the film beyond the original cut (included in full as an extra on the Blu-ray). The change was motivated by film guru John Pierson and Brian O'Halloran (who plays Dante,) not any execs, though.
  • Follow the Leader: Many critics have compared Kevin Smith's success with that of the Sex Pistols, in that they inspired countless directors to get their friends and shoot their own scrappy indie movies.
  • Missing Episode:
    • The scene during the wake, which was later adapted as a comic and an animated short, but was never going to be in the movie at all.
    • A better example would be a scene in Big Choice Video, where Randal interacts with a hypercompetent employee named Chet. The footage was burned on the editing machine and mangled beyond use. What little footage survived was used before Caitlin first appears. Some of the audio survived, and can be heard in Snowball Effect, the Clerks making-of documentary on the tenth anniversary DVD set.
  • Recycled: The Series: Two episodes of Clerks: The Animated Series were broadcast on ABC before it got cancelled. The entire series, including the unaired episodes, is available on DVD.
  • Romance on the Set : Jeff Anderson (Randal) and Lisa Spoonauer (Caitlin) dated and later became engaged.
    • So Caitlin cheated on Dante with Randal too!
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The Quick-Stop wouldn't let Smith shoot inside during the day, so he had to film the vast majority of the interior shots at night. To hide this, he came up with the idea of someone putting gum in the locks on the shutters, necessitating them staying closed all day.
  • Throw It In: Silent Bob's sole line was originally spoken by Jay, but Jason Mewes was too drunk to get it right. Kevin Smith decided on the fly to say it himself, and it became a staple of the character for the rest of the time he played him.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Entirely grunge soundtrack? Check. Doc Martens and acid wash? Check. Video store stocked wall-to-wall with VHS? Check. It's the early '90s all right!
    • This is forgivable, though, considering that there was no possible way for Smith to cover up anything too contemporary with the budget and schedule he had. As he put it, "It could only take place in the time it was shot."
  • Wag the Director: Jay's dance to "Violent Mood Swings" was based on something Jason Mewes did to amuse Smith and his friends, but come shooting, he was so struck with stage fright that he asked that the rest of the crew go inside RST while he and Smith filmed the scene on their own.
  • What Could Have Been
    • The first draft was a completely non-comedic surreal horror film in the same vein as David Lynch about a convenience store clerk on the graveyard shift who encounters increasingly bizarre characters. This later showed up as a gag in the final episode of Clerks: The Animated Series.
    • The original name for the movie was "Inconvenience"; this changed to "Rude Clerks", before settling on the final name.
    • Randal was originally supposed to soft-shoe into the Quick Stop. Jeff Anderson spent two days perfecting the dance, but come shooting, Kevin Smith caught him doing the "Wrangler" walk from the Wrangler Jeans commercial and immediately said "Walk in like that instead!"
  • Write What You Know: Three guesses as to what Kevin Smith did for a living before (and during) the making of this film.
    • Write Who You Know: Most, if not all, of the characters were based on friends of his, many of whom show up in the movie. Randal, in particular, was based on his friend Walt Flannigan, whom Smith frequently claimed he wished he was as cool as. He has also said that Silent Bob was inspired by his father, who only ever spoke up when he had something particularly witty to say.

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