If you haven’t yet listened to the Special Watchmen Review Edition of /Filmcast, you should do so now. Kevin Smith joined the crew and to geek out in depth about the “unfilmable” comic book adaptation. Smith’s next film, A Couple of Dicks, will be his first feature film based on a screenplay that he also didn’t write. Our conversation with Smith was “Dicks”-less, but Lee Stranahan recently sat down with Smith and was able to get him to talk about the upcoming action cop comedy starring Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan. Here are some of the highlights:
- The script is “definitely an R-Rated Film” with “salty language in it, but not a Hard R”
- Warner Bros was considering making it as a PG-13 movie (which might explain the brief “A Couple of Cops” title change) but Willis, Morgan, Smith and WB head Jeff Robinov decided it would be better as an R-Rated comedy
- “It meant a lot of us had to give up a bunch of our salary to make this movie, that’s how passionate we are about the flick.”
- “It just feels like a grown up movie for me”
- “You could go after the Gran Torino audience with this movie, and that is a totally different audience than I’ve ever played to.”
- “The budget of the movie is NOT huge.”
- “For anyone who says ‘He just sold out, he’s just going for the buck — I’m making less to make this movie than I did on Dogma, which is a movie I made 10 years ago and didn’t make a lot of money.”
- “That’s the way I think the business should be run. Everyone should take the risk and then if it pans out, we all get rich.”
- Smith says Robinov hired him because this is a movie about “two dudes talking to each other” and his visual chops are now “up to snuff”
- “There are some action sequences in it. On the grand scale of things, not action sequences on the scale of Zack Snyder composes. Butthere are action sequences which are a little more than I’ve composed.”
Watch the video interview after the jump.
Thanks to /Film readers Andrew G and Mark V for the tip.