Silent Bob strikes back – or at least when it comes to a war of words with the actor formerly known as Doogie Howser, M.D.

A Twitter dust-up Monday between rom-com director Kevin Smith and 'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris was scuttled when the TV star offered reconciliation over a two-year-old interview in which Harris criticized Smith's longtime friend and 'Clerks' co-star, Jason Mewes. Silent Bob strikes back – or at least when it comes to a war of words with the actor formerly known as Doogie Howser, M.D.

A Twitter dust-up Monday between rom-com director Kevin Smith and 'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris was scuttled when the TV star offered reconciliation over a two-year-old interview in which Harris criticized Smith's longtime friend and 'Clerks' co-star, Jason Mewes.

When Smith's Twitter followers asked for his support in Harris's pursuit of AfterElton.com's Man of the Decade contest, Smith snubbed the popular actor, linking to a 2008 interview with Ain't It Cool News for the film 'Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.'

In the interview, Harris lauds his costars' casting -- John Cho and Kal Penn -- as real actors playing stoners, instead of throwaway make-believers partied-out in real life.

"Plus, they were smart for actually hiring two actors that were actual actors playing parts, instead of hiring two sort of dudes that were those guys," Harris said. "They didn't hire like Jason Mewes and the other dude ... Silent Bob ... What is that movie Jay and Silent Bob, like what's Jay's name? ... He was this drugged out mess of a guy that was his friend and so he just cast him in the movie and filmed him doing crazy shit."

Cho, also in the group interview, attempted to shift the conversation, saying, "Fascinating to watch, that guy, though."

Harris then said, "Yeah, fascinating to watch, but you guys are able to craft comedy and they could write probably more specific bits on a broader spectrum, which I think is impressive since it's sort of the modern day Cheech and Chong kind of casting call."

An emotional Smith wrote early Monday on his Twitter page several entries about Harris, tearing off the two-year-old scab with little hesitancy: "I mean, why say something like that? S'not true OR respectful of a fellow performer. Dude essentially said Mewes isn't an actor. Wow... It's a snobby, reductive diss."

And: "[It] is not only untrue, it minimizes Mewes' contributions as AN ACTOR. It's a narrow-minded, ignorantly reductive sentiment, patched together from quasi-facts that aren't even related. It's akin to me knowing NPH is gay & knowing he's on [How I Met Your Mother], and then somehow coming to the conclusion that his process must include a d*** in his mouth right before each take ... & THEN EXPRESSING THAT SAME BAFFLING IGNORANCE IN AN INTERVIEW."

And: "P.S.? Big DOOGIE fan."

Wow, is this the same guy who directed 'Jersey Girl' and played the best friend in 'Catch and Release'?

Harris, a Hollywood lifer who is a recent two-time Emmy winner for 'HIMYM,' apparently knows how to back away from an unhealthy public fight when he sees one. He took to his Twitter page Monday morning to defuse the intemperance.

"Didn't realize the upset my words caused," he wrote. "Looked back at what you said, and I concur. Ignorance on my part. Apologies."

And wouldn't you know, people, we have our first happy ending of 2010! Smith accepted the apology with relish, even throwing in an intentional misspelling of the verb "write" for the adjective "right," to allude to his intentions.

"Classy, sir," Smith wrote. "Appreciate it. I'm sure @JayMewes appreciates it too. Doogie would right something learned about this in his diary. Thx."

Here is one vote for NPH to be cast as the romantic lead in Smith's next touchy-feely movie!
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