Kevin Smith praises Ben Affleck’s cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Kevin Smith has described Ben Affleck’s cameo in the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot as “one of the best scenes in the movie”.The Argo star appeared in a number of the filmmaker’s projects, such as Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, befor…

Kevin Smith has described Ben Affleck’s cameo in the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot as “one of the best scenes in the movie”.

The Argo star appeared in a number of the filmmaker’s projects, such as Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, before they reportedly became estranged. However, Affleck has made a cameo as Holden McNeil, his character from 1997’s Chasing Amy, in the upcoming movie, and Smith told Variety that the experience helped him “get his friend back”.

“(Ben) coming back was everything,” he gushed. “Not only did I get to add that character, Holden, who he played in Chasing Amy, back into the mix, but it’s one of the best scenes in the movie.”

The 49-year-old also added that he only wrote Affleck’s cameo into the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot at the last minute.

“We didn’t even have it in the flick when we started shooting. We shot it on the last day, and I wrote it like a week before wrap,” Smith said.

The director previously revealed that the Justice League star didn’t contact him following his near-fatal heart attack last year.

“I wouldn’t call it not so great terms, but he hasn’t spoken to me in years. No, I didn’t hear from him after the heart attack… Maybe he didn’t even hear about it. I think he probably plays a more prominent role in my mythology than I play in his mythology anymore,” he sadly shared.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which also stars Jason Mewes, Jason Lee, Brian O’Halloran, and Matt Damon, will be released in cinemas on 15 October for two days and will then be taken on a tour around the U.S. by Smith.

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Chris Hemsworth makes guest appearance in Jay And Silent Bob return

Chris Hemsworth has ticked one movie dream off his bucket list by filming an appearance for the long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob sequel. The Avengers star took to Instagram over the weekend (13-14Apr19) to share a series of photos of himself and actor/…

Chris Hemsworth has ticked one movie dream off his bucket list by filming an appearance for the long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob sequel.

The Avengers star took to Instagram over the weekend (13-14Apr19) to share a series of photos of himself and actor/director Kevin Smith messing around.

“The man, the myth, the legend. The one and only @thatkevinsmith !!!” Chris captioned the snaps. “Stoked to be a part of his next film Jay And Silent Bob Reboot. What a pleasure it was hanging out mate.”

The filmmaker also documented the get-together on his own social media page, joking about how he was hoping to give the “fresh face from young Hollywood” his big break.

“I’m gonna take a chance on this up and coming charismatic kid from Australia and help him out on his star trek with a low key role in Jay And Silent Bob Reboot,” Smith quipped.

“He’s a killer comedic actor but I keep telling him that the real money’s in Marvel movies. In a just world, he’d get to at least screen test for them. Regardless, I’ll keep you posted on Chris’ Hollywood progress.”

Production on Jay And Silent Bob Reboot wrapped last week (ends12Apr19).

The film reunites Smith with his original co-star Jason Mewes, who plays Jay to his Silent Bob character, 24 years after the two titular characters made their debuts in 1994 movie Clerks.

They went on to reprise their roles for small appearances in Kevin’s other films, including 1995’s Mallrats, 1997’s Chasing Amy, and Dogman in 1999, before stepping out in their own 2001 project, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

The two co-stars last rekindled their onscreen friendship for 2006’s Clerks 2.

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Kevin Smith kicked off Jay and Silent Bob reboot on heart attack anniversary

Filmmaker Kevin Smith marked the first anniversary of his near-fatal heart attack by kicking off production for his long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob sequel. The Clerks director nearly died on 25 February, 2018 when he was hospitalised for emergency sur…

Filmmaker Kevin Smith marked the first anniversary of his near-fatal heart attack by kicking off production for his long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob sequel.

The Clerks director nearly died on 25 February, 2018 when he was hospitalised for emergency surgery after falling ill at the end of a comedy gig in Glendale, California.

The massive health scare forced Kevin to reevaluate his diet and embark on a healthy eating and exercise programme, showing off the results of his 51 pound (23 kilogram) weight loss in August.

Monday (25Feb19) marked the anniversary of Kevin’s heart attack, and he spent the day on the set of his much-hyped Jay and Silent Bob project.

The significance of the date wasn’t lost on the 48 year old, and he subsequently commemorated the occasion with an on-set selfie as he reunited with co-star Jason Mewes, who plays Jay to his Silent Bob character.

Jason Lee, who portrayed Brodie Bruce in the 2001 cult stoner comedy, also featured in the snap, confirming his movie return.

In the lengthy and emotional caption, Smith reflected on how close he had come to death just one year ago, as he threw himself into his new project.

“Today, I’m living it up on with @jaymewes and Jason Lee on Day 1 of my new flick @jayandsilentbob Reboot…!” he wrote, after reminding fans he “almost died”.

Smith then explained how the three pals had gathered to rehearse their lines on Sunday night (24Feb19), during the Oscars telecast, which made the actor/filmmaker realise how thankful he was to still be around.

“The Oscars were on in the background during our practice and I couldn’t help but feel relief when the ‘In Memoriam’ montage ended and I wasn’t in it,” he shared.

“We picked 2/25 as the Reboot start date *intentionally*, to celebrate the fact that I did not become Silent Bob forever 365 days ago. But after a blissful couple hours of making pretend with my friends on the set of my 14th film, I’m starting to think I *did* die in that operating room after all. Because what could be more Heavenly than this?”

The film, simply titled Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, reunites Smith with Mewes and producer Jordan Monsanto 24 years after the two titular characters made their debuts in 1994 movie Clerks.

Smith and Mewes went on to reprise their characters for small appearances in Kevin’s other films, including 1995’s Mallrats, 1997’s Chasing Amy, and Dogman in 1999, before stepping out in their own 2001 project, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

The two co-stars last rekindled their onscreen friendship for 2006’s Clerks 2.

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Kevin Smith kicks off 2019 with Jay and Silent Bob reboot meeting

Filmmaker Kevin Smith launched 2019 by beginning work on the long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob reboot. The actor/director took to Twitter on New Year’s Day (01Jan19) to reveal that the project was inching ever closer to production, after previously conf…

Filmmaker Kevin Smith launched 2019 by beginning work on the long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob reboot.

The actor/director took to Twitter on New Year’s Day (01Jan19) to reveal that the project was inching ever closer to production, after previously confirming he had written a draft script for a sequel to the 2001 cult stoner comedy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, in the summer of 2017.

Now Smith, who starred as mute co-protagonist Silent Bob in the movie he also directed, is preparing to get its follow-up, tentatively titled Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, in front of cameras in the near future.

The film would reunite Smith with friend and co-star Jason Mewes and producer Jordan Monsanto, 24 years after the two titular characters made their debuts on 1994 movie Clerks.

“Spent the first day of 2019 having a #JayAndSilentBobReboot pre-pre-production meeting,” he captioned a snap of himself and Jordan.

“@JayMewes took this pic of me and @JordanMonsanto to both mark the moment and to document that we were the only dopes in Hollywood working on the holiday.”

Smith and Mewes went on to reprise their characters for small appearances in Kevin’s other films, including 1995’s Mallrats, 1997’s Chasing Amy, and Dogman in 1999, before stepping out in their own 2001 project, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

The two co-stars last rekindled their onscreen friendship for 2006’s Clerks 2.

Further details about the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot have yet to be revealed, but last July (18), Smith teased the additions of The Flash actor Grant Gustin, and his TV co-stars Tom Cavanagh and Carlos Valdes to the cast, although it’s not clear what roles they will each take on.

The original Jay and Silent Bob film was an all-star affair, with appearances by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Chris Rock, and Mark Hamill.

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Kevin Smith teases big budget project

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers. While Kevin has been…

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.

The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers.

While Kevin has been laying low since suffering a major heart attack in February, he indicated that he is feeling much better on Sunday (29Jul18) by sharing in a social media post that he is gearing up to tackle his next big project.

“Just finished a huge writing gig that I haven’t talked about publicly yet,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “It’s the most massive IP (intellectual property) I’ve ever been allowed to play with and if the powers that be decide to move forward with the project, it would be the biggest budgeted anything I’ve ever done. Wish me luck…”

Kevin concluded the post with two hashtags, that of his own name and “#writing”. He did not add any further details about the potential gig but did divulge that he hopes to unveil more details soon.

“Fingers crossed that I get to talk about this one day soon. Or better yet, fingers crossed, we all get to watch it next year,” the 47-year-old noted.

Though Kevin has helmed recent episodes of TV shows The Flash and Supergirl, he recently shot down rumours speculating that he was looking to partner with Marvel Studios or Lucasfilm on a movie.

“Waiting on @ThatKevinSmith to confirm or deny these @MarvelStudios or @starwars also keeping my fingers crossed,” a fan wrote on Twitter in late June, to which the filmmaker responded: “Easy to deny. The only @starwars or @MarvelStudios movies I’m involved with are the ones I pay to see in theaters. Promise.”

In the five months since his life-threatening heart attack, Kevin has lost more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) and has transformed his diet and lifestyle. Speaking to E! News while at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, he explained that he had consulted with a nutritionist and decided to adopt a vegan diet.

“I said, ‘You know what? I ate any way I wanted for like the last 47 years. For one year I am going to try life as a vegan.’ It’s been okay, I don’t miss much,” he said of the plant-based eating regime.

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Kevin Smith thought heart attack symptoms were result of spoiled milk

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was convinced he had just sipped some “bad milk” after throwing up as he began to suffer from a heart attack on Sunday night (25Feb18). The Clerks writer/director fell ill after completing the first of two of his Kevin Smith Live…

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was convinced he had just sipped some “bad milk” after throwing up as he began to suffer from a heart attack on Sunday night (25Feb18).

The Clerks writer/director fell ill after completing the first of two of his Kevin Smith Live! stand up shows at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, and had to cancel the second gig.

On Monday (26Feb18), Kevin revealed he had been struck down by a “massive heart attack”, and had to be hospitalised for emergency surgery.

The 47-year-old is now on the road to recovery, and has since shared more details about the scary moments leading up to his health crisis, admitting the thought of a heart attack never even crossed his mind as he wasn’t in that much pain.

Assuring fans he’s “fine, kind of”, he shared in a new online video, “After the first show, I started feeling nauseous, and then I tried to lay down on the floor… I wound up getting ill, like threw up, but (it was) mostly bile, so I just thought I got some bad milk.”

An ambulance was called after Kevin began having difficulties breathing, but even as paramedics arrived to evaluate him, he was still in denial about the seriousness of his condition – and was more concerned about having to expose his bulging stomach to receive treatment.

Calling the first responders “wonderful”, he said, “They were very patient with a guy who was – never mind the heart attack – deathly afraid of lifting his shirt up… They start doing what they’re doing, lifting up my shirt, I was like, ‘Woah!’ and yanking down my shirt.

“It became a struggle, a battle with these cats… I was profusely sweating…, and they were looking at me like, ‘This cat has no idea what’s going on, does he…?'”

Kevin only realised he was in real trouble when the medics called for powerful pain medication morphine, and he suddenly began to assess his life as he faced the possibility of dying.

“If they’re pulling out morphine, that usually means bad s**t, so when I heard that, I started going, ‘This could be it,’ so I thought about my life…,” he explained. “It’s not like my life flashed before my eyes, but I had a good long moment to think…

“I just thought about everything, thought about my parents…, my brother and my sister, my friends, and my wife and my kid, and this weird, wonderful career that I’ve had for so long.”

“I was content, it was weird…,” Kevin admitted. “I didn’t wanna die, don’t get me wrong, but I was like… what a ride it’s been, what an incredible f**king ride.”

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