It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a pretty big Kevin Smith fan, especially last year’s surprising ‘Red State’, but I realize that I seem to be in the minority here. Well, at least you can include Ben Affleck among the people who appreciate Smith’s film besides me, and Affleck went a step further. Instead of writing a rave review like I did, he went ahead and cast a handful of actors and actresses from that film in his new movie ‘Argo’, which opens on Friday. After the jump you can see exactly how the films are now intertwined cast-wise for the ages, but I thought this was pretty cool and worth sharing. Read on below for more, and of course stay tuned for our reviews of ‘Argo’ in the coming days…
Here’s the information, which came from an article at The Playlist (here) on ‘Argo’:
Ben Affleck freely admits to cribbing talent from filmmaker and friend Kevin Smith’s controversial picture “Red State”
It’s nice to see that Ben Affleck holds no ill-will towards his buddy from down the Jersey turnpike Kevin Smith, as many would assume following a bomb as commercially and critically reviled as 2004’s “Jersey Girl.” Thankfully they’re still friends, and it’s Smith’s controversial and confounding “Red State” that Affleck admits to cherry-picking from to cast his latest film. Smith recently told a full house for the recording of his latest Q&A DVD special “Kevin Smith: Burn In Hell” that he sent Affleck a 35mm print of the film to screen for himself, which he sent back to Smith with no word as to whether or not he liked the film. Smith immediately became suspicious when his “Red State” cast starting popping up in trade reports around Affleck’s movie. Affleck said with an air of jest, “Well, I love Kevin and have seen all his movies. I had heard of John Goodman prior to ‘Red State,’ and was a fan. Though I did see Michael Parks and Kerry Bishe in the movie and was really impressed by them. I also really like the movie ‘Red State’ a lot.” It also appears as though Smith eventually heard back from Affleck, who put forth a replacement pull quote for Quentin Tarantino’s current quote that says “I freakin’ love this movie,” by offering Smith the use of the quote “I fucking love this movie MORE than Quentin Tarantino!”
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Tags: Argo, Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Kerry Bishe, Kevin Smith, Michael Parks, random, Red State