See, this is why I'll always dig Kevin Smith -- he just says it, whatever it is. He'll admit his failures, he'll open up about his relationships with studios, he'll remain real honest about his movies -- it's almost like you're good pal hit it big in Hollywood and, from time to time, relays some pretty hysterical stories about what it's like on the inside. Smith will be the first to admit the unsuccessful Zack and Miri Make a Porno left him a bit sour, frustrated and beaten up. And who can blame him -- you work your ass off on a movie, stick one of the most popular comedic actors in lead role and barely pony up a respectable box office take.
Good news, though, is that Smith still has some fight left in him. In a new interview with Vulture, he says he wants his new film, A Couple of Dicks (which he didn't write, but will direct) to be "the next TNT classic." He adds, "... the whole movie is like cops who are practically married but not actually, and, I mean, that's right up my alley. It's like Dante and Randall [from Clerks] as cops. That's why I was attracted to it in the first place. We all feel like we're trying to make a TNT classic - that movie that will just air ad nauseam forever once it hits TNT. I want it to be Road House. [My movies] all get cut to sh*t. I could never watch them [on TV]. Jersey Girl is the only one that doesn't get hit hard, but that one's tough to watch for a number of reasons. Television version or not."
Smith says the film, which will star Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan, is like "Lethal Weapon with 40 percent less action," and that "It's two guys who are longtime partners who kind of depend on the friendship." Smith admits that directing action scenes for the first time in his career is a little bit daunting (for him and the studio), but says they're moving along quite well.
As far as his political horror Red State goes, the writer-director still wants to make it, but admits right now isn't the best time to be asking people (meaning investors) to take risks with their hard-earned money. One surprising note at the end was to hear Smith talk about the possibility of moving on from making movies. He notes, "I'm 38 years old and I don't have anything left to say about Jay and Silent Bob." And I love the bromantic comedies, but there are people who are way better at it than I am. Do I want to compete against Judd Apatow? No. And I was a guy who did that a while ago, but in a world where I'm just not feeling it anymore, do I want to compete with a guy who clearly understands how to reach an audience better than I do? It just feels like maybe it's time to try something else."
I, for one, hope he hangs in there a little while longer. A Couple of Dicks is due in theaters on February 26, 2010.