There have been quite a few tributes to legendary comics author, editor, and character Stan Lee inside Kevin Smith‘s new movie Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, however the position he was initially set to play — one thing that Smith had talked about earlier than Lee’s passing and had mentioned with Lee publicly throughout a Comic Con occasion — was not amongst them. Lee handed away earlier than manufacturing launched on Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, leaving Smith with out new footage of his longtime good friend and mentor for the movie. Ultimately, he labored round that in a inventive means — however it’s one thing we will not actually clarify in full element with out entering into spoiler territory.
Fans have already seen that Jason Lee’s Brodie wears a Stan Lee t-shirt and has a Stan Lee memorial arrange in his comedian e book store, Brodie’s Secret Stash. That a lot has appeared on-line and in trailers already. But Lee does seem in the movie, in a talking position — form of. The non-spoiler model is that an interview he did with Smith on the IMDboat at Comic Con was partially reused through the movie’s credit sequence, behind a title card that learn “in memory of our marvelous mentor.” In the clip, he advised Lee that he can be a major a part of Reboot, and through a latest interview, he advised ComicE book.com what these plans initially have been.
That is, if you have not figured it out but, the place the spoilers come in. So flip again now in the event you do not wish to know.
In the context of the movie, Kevin Smith exists in-story because the director of Bluntman v Chronic, a reboot of Bluntman & Chronic Strike Back, the movie that Jay and Silent Bob tried to forestall being made in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Jay & Silent Bob Reboot facilities across the pair attempting to cease Bluntman v Chronic, however once they get to the set, they find yourself serving to to foil a plot by a Russian agent to kill Kevin Smith reside on digital camera as a part of a commentary on American popular culture.
Instead, Smith revealed to ComicE book.com, the unique plan was to have Smith in that position. He would have been the visitor of honor at Chronic-Con, the Bluntman & Chronic-themed conference in the film, and would have been the one taken hostage by the Russians.
“Stan was definitely meant to be in the movie,” Smith advised ComicE book.com. “He was the complete third act of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. He was the dude on stage that the Russians got here to get. It was Stan-centric, after which after all, we misplaced Stan. So at that time, I modified it. I used to be like, ‘Well, I’m going to be there on set, so Kevin Smith may be the guy that they are going after and shit. That’s one much less person I’ve to ask to do one thing for the film.'”
Still, Smith stated, the lack of Lee in his life loomed giant and so dropping him in the film too didn’t sit proper.
“I was just like, ‘Well, he’s not there,'” the filmmaker defined. “I do know I’ll have the homage in Brodie’s Secret Stash. We’ll have the shrine. And then in pre-production, I discovered, ‘ooh, Brodie’s shirt will probably be Stan. It will appear to be precisely prefer it did in Mallrats, the out of focus face, however it’s as if someone crisped it into focus and it turned out it was Stan all alongside.'”
That nonetheless did not really feel like fairly sufficient, although, and it acquired Smith enthusiastic about whether or not there was a approach to honor the person extra utterly, with out having him bodily on set.
“As the movie was finishing, I was like, ‘man, one of my favorite moments in my entire life happened to be caught by a camera when we did that little piece, and it’s one of my favorite moments because he was absolutely himself,'” Smith stated. “He laughs. He’s not playing Stan, he’s not putting it on for the cameras. He literally thought the whole fucking thing was ridiculous for a minute and just totally broke down, and that was the Stan that I absolutely loved. I loved the creator, I loved my mentor, the guy who taught how to be me in this business, just the way he was him in this business. But that moment of him laughing, I was like, that’s f—ing gold, man, and I want that in the movie. He was meant to be there with us. I want to include it.”
Smith admitted that he was involved that the second may play too crass, and that he frightened about audiences pondering that he was by some means dishonoring Lee’s reminiscence by together with him, however in the end got here to the conclusion that this second between two buddies, in which Stan was not enjoying the “movie version” of himself, spoke for itself, particularly when included in the closing credit and never as a part of the movie.
In addition to Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, and a dozen or so different View Askew veterans, the movie is jam-packed filled with Hollywood stars together with David Dastmalchian, Jason Lee, Joe Manganiello, Craig Robinson, Justin Long, Shannon Elizabeth, Fred Armisen, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth, Method Man, Redman, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek, Brian Quinn, and Tommy Chong.
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot was featured at a pair of Fathom Events particular screenings across the nation on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, and can now head out on a “Reboot Roadshow,” in which Smith screens the film to audiences personally, adopted by a Q&A after the very fact. A wider theatrical launch will come later.