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He had his first starring role in a film he didn't write or direct, co-starring as Sam in the film Catch and Release , starring Jennifer Garner. The performance earned him many favorable critical notices. A life-long comic book fan, Smith's early forays into comic books dealt with previously established View Askew characters, and were published by Oni Press.
He followed these with a series of Clerks comics. He has also written the trade paperback Bluntman and Chronic , published by Image, which purports to be a collection of the three issues of the series done by Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards of Chasing Amy. It includes a color reprinting of the story from Oni Double Feature 12, purported to be an early appearance by McNeil and Edwards. They were previously collected by Image Comics in three separate volumes, one each for Clerks , Chasing Dogma and Bluntman and Chronic. Smith makes occasional mention of his desire to do a comic-book one-shot of Bartleby and Loki from Dogma and the story behind how they got kicked out of heaven, as well as a comic-only sequel to Mallrats called Mallrats 2: Die Hard in a Mall announced all the way back in August Smith began a lengthy association with Marvel Comics in , taking over as the writer of the Marvel Comic Daredevil.
His run, titled "Guardian Devil" and lasting eight issues, was plagued by delays which artist Joe Quesada publicly took responsibility for, though it was a sign of things to come. His tenure on Daredevil was controversial among Daredevil fans. Some fans accused Smith of misogyny in his handling of Karen Page's death, and others objected to the killing of long-time Spider-Man foe Mysterio in a non-Spider-Man series. John Byrne and Howard Mackie then-current writers on the Spider-Man titles would bring the character back to life however, because of the delays in his Daredevil run, Mysterio's return to life in the pages of Spider-Man was published before the Daredevil issue featuring Mysterio's death was published.
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Kevin Smith followed this by jumping to DC Comics, producing a issue tenure on Green Arrow that saw the return of Oliver Queen from the dead and the introduction of Mia Dearden, a teenage girl who would become Speedy after Smith's run had ended. The former is six issues long, but after the third issue was published two months after the initially scheduled release date, the final issues were delayed for at least three years, prompting Marvel to release an "in case you missed it" reprinting of the first three issues as one book prior to the remaining issues' release.
The delay in part was due to Smith's movie production schedule in this case, work on Jersey Girl and Clerks II causing him to shelf completion of the mini-series until the films were completed. He was announced as the writer of an ongoing Black Cat series and Amazing Spider-Man' in early to mid Michael Straczynski , and even this plan was eventually abandoned and the title by then known as Marvel Knights Spider-Man launched, in , by Mark Millar instead. As of May , Marvel and Kevin Smith have indicated that there are no plans for the mini-series to ever be completed.
Smith is reportedly going to be writing the limited series Batman: Cacophony with art by friend Walt Flanagan that will run November through January Smith was co-executive producer for the movie Good Will Hunting , assisting friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with making and marketing their film. After Damon and Affleck received Academy Awards for their screenplay, critics alleged that Smith himself was responsible for the script, a rumor which Smith vehemently denies.
Rumors also persisted that William Goldman had written the entire script as well, which Goldman denies. On an episode of "SModcast" in , he also revealed that he was invited to direct the film, but ultimately turned the offer down, citing an insecurity he had at the time with directing something that he had not himself written.
In , he served as executive producer on the Steve James documentary Reel Paradise. Currently Smith is serving as executive producer on the indie film, Diary of a Junkie. A mockumentary written, directed, and starring new comer Brandon Bennett, Diary takes a look at the life of a junkie who lives in an abandoned hotel, and works as a janitor during the day to support his habit.
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The project is currently being delayed due to budget issues. The project has gained attention via myspace due to Bennett's realistic portrayal of a drug addict. In , Smith was hired by New Line to rewrite Overnight Delivery which was expected to be a blockbuster teen movie. Smith's then-girlfriend Joey Lauren Adams almost took the role of Ivy in the movie instead of the female lead in Chasing Amy.
Eventually she lost out to Reese Witherspoon, and Overnight Delivery was quietly released directly to video. Kevin Smith's involvement with the film was revealed on-line, but remains uncredited. Coincidentally, Smith had considered Witherspoon for the role in Chasing Amy that ended up going to Adams. For a time, Smith worked on a script for a Superman movie. He did a couple of drafts but his script was dropped when Tim Burton was hired to direct. Burton brought his own people to work on the project.
Smith still sees the whole experience on working on the Superman project as a positive one though, since, in his own words he was well paid and it was a lot of fun. In the end, neither Smith's nor Burton's vision for Superman was filmed.
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Years later Smith noted the coincidental similarity between a scene in one of his comics and a scene in Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes. After Superman defeats The Toyman's giant mechanical robot, Smith scoffs, "Yeah, like we really needed him to defeat that giant spider.
In , Smith wrote a screenplay for a new film version of The Green Hornet. The project however died after Smith's longtime producing partner Scott Mosier said he didn't want to produce something with such a big budget, and without Mosier producing, Smith no longer wanted to direct the movie and the script was thrown out. Smith hoped to helm a movie adaptation of Fletch Won , with the intention of making it more faithful to the original novel than the popular Chevy Chase films.
Smith spoke to Zach Braff about the possibility of taking the role, which he eventually accepted. In October , Smith abandoned the project.
That same year, he also shot commercials for Diet Coke. Two years later, he directed "Star Wars" toy commercials for Hasbro.
He has also directed  and starred  in commercials for Panasonic. In he also shot a public service announcement for the Declare Yourself organization. The film is similar in tone to the Evening With Kevin Smith series. Proceeds from the sale of the film benefit the Hero Initiative, a charitable organization that aids ill or aging comic book creators.
On February 5, Smith and Scott Mosier began podcasting. As of September 3rd, , there have been 63 SModcasts. There have been several episodes with guest stars filling in for Scott Mosier. Scott Mosier returned on SModcast 27 after a five week absence, having taken a trip to Mexico with his wife, travelling to Scotland for the Edinburgh Film Festival, and falling ill on his way home.
To celebrate this, Smith and Mosier recorded their longest SModcast to date, lasting an incredible 'one hour and forty-four minutes'; twice the length of a normal episode. After the 44th episode, SModcast took an 11 week hiatus. SModcast resumed on April 6th. The music used to introduce the podcast and play in the background during is edited by Quick Stop Entertainment's Editor-in-chief Ken Plume. Kevin Smith is a frequent guest on the Opie and Anthony Show. He has made several in-studio appearances and sometimes calls in unannounced. His most notable appearance featured an on-air argument between himself and movie critic Joel Siegel after Siegel made a scene of walking out on a screening of Clerks II.
In Kevin became the show's decider as the ultimate authority. His decisions have ranged from who is hotter Kristen Bell or Hayden Panettiere he choose Bell as she is not a child and will appear in a Princess Leia costume in the upcoming movie Fanboys to who is the ultimate Batman Michael Keaton. These decisions along with other appearances on the show are available as a podcast on itunes. In , Miramax Books released Smith's first tome, Silent Bob Speaks , a collection of previously published essays most from Arena dissecting pop culture, the movie-making business, and Smith's personal life.
This was an idea Smith had been kicking around since the production of Mallrats and, after pitching it to nearly every major television network, ABC TV picked it up for airing in March After being delayed to May, Clerks: The Animated Series aired only two episodes, out of order, before being canceled as a result of poor ratings. The six produced episodes were released on DVD in , marking one of the first occasions in which a very short-lived TV series found success in the DVD format.
After the series was canceled Smith planned on turning it into a major motion picture. The show gives college students ideas for things to do on the weekends. Smith also played the role of Paul, a cynical married man, in a Showtime television series pilot, "Manchild", filmed in December However, it was not picked up by the network. The "Roadside Attractions" segments featured Smith traveling to random locations around the country and showcased places like Howe Caverns in upstate New York and the Fish Market in Seattle.
While five of these segments were included on the Jersey Girl DVD, twelve or more were aired on the actual show. Smith regularly appeared on the program to introduce the pre-taped bits. These spots have been notable for the arguments between Smith and Richard Roeper over certain films, with Smith often citing Roeper's poor review of Jersey Girl to discredit his review of the film at hand.