HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 09:  Director Kevin Smith arrives at the Premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Ghostbusters' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Why Silent Bob's Costume In Clerks 3 Couldn't Legally Be An Exact Replica Of The Original
One of the most important costumes in "Clerks III" was missing one tiny detail, which might have caught the attention of fans of Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse. Though Silent Bob (played by Smith himself) is a man of few words, he is a man of many hats, and in 1994 he wore an all-white hat with the word "FELIX" stitched across the back.
As it turns out, while the estate that owns the rights to the old cartoon "Felix the Cat" didn't take issue with a weird little indie filmmaker back in 1994, they wouldn't approve of Smith using the character's likeness today. In an exclusive interview with /Film's Jack Giroux, "Clerks III" costume designer Allison Pearce spilled the details.
Pearce said "We tried, and in the end, we couldn't. I just made something for Kevin that said Felix on it. We couldn't even show the original graphic that was in the movie," citing that brands and logo laws are different now and "You can't really do that anymore." While "intellectual property" laws have gotten stricter, it just goes to show how far Kevin Smith has come since his early days.