Trivia / Kevin Smith

  • 10-Minute Retirement: He announced his retirement from filmmaking in 2010. If the list of upcoming projects on the main page are any indication, he seems to have forgotten this.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Kevin was once invited to make a documentary on his musical hero Prince about his journey to religious enlightenment. The purple one's Cloudcuckoolander antics, vague instructions and habit of making people wait eventually took their toll on Kevin, who nearly missed his first Father's Day as a result, but the final straw was when he found out that what little he'd filmed wouldn't even be released and would only be in Prince's infamous "vault." Kevin left the project without payment, gratitude or even a performance of "Batdance".
    • He loved Bruce Willis from Die Hard and Moonlighting, and had a great time chilling with him on the set of Live Free or Die Hard, but the experience directing Cop Out, where Willis, who was only in it for a paycheck, was in full-blown prima donna mode and often verbally abused Smith or even outright refused to take direction, permanently soured Smith's respect for the man. He later claimed that a star as big as Willis had at least a little authority to act the way he did, but that he would never work with him again.
    • He also feels the same way about is former friend and mentor Harvey Weinstein. Especially after Weinstein's disrespectful behavior at the Red State premiere.
  • Name's the Same: A retired running back from the NFL has the same name.
  • Old Shame: Subverted. He found the process of working on the Superman reboot frustrating but still a dream come true, even if it was never made (especially since he got to spend a lot of time in the Superman archives). And he found Jon Peters to be too (unintentionally) funny to really dislike. After all, it is one of the most famous stories he tells people.
    • He always manages to have a soft spot for his less successful movies because, as he put it, "Those were still four fuckin' years of my life, man!"
    • It seems that the one thing he's done that he isn't proud of is Cop Out, mostly due to his horrible experience with Bruce Willis.
      • His latest book clarifies that he's actually rather proud of everything in Cop Out except the parts with Bruce Willis, as everyone else on the cast and crew pulled together to yank a movie out of the asshole that is Bruce Willis.
  • One of Us: see Promoted Fanboy
    • Also a troper.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Pretty much the textbook case. He was a movie obsessed comic book nerd who went on to become a respected film director, screenwriter and comic book writer.
  • Write What You Know: By default, pretty much everything Kevin writes either comes from personal experience or something he has a direct opinion on. He once joked about this by pantomiming ripping open his chest, pulling out his heart, plunking it down on a table and telling someone to "put that on film!" as a way of describing his early films.
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