Kevin Smith opens up about his experience working with Bruce Willis on Cop Out, calling it “soul crushing”.
Check out this clip from Macworld Expo where Smith talks about how he had to struggle to direct Willis:
Marc Maron interviewed Smith on his WTF Pocast and today he released the recording of the director making some interesting comments.
Note: they are discussing the film’s marketing, and more specifically, the billboard advertising, which Maron thought was horrible:
Kevin Smith: “Look, I know the real story. One guy wouldn’t even sit for a f__kin’ poster shoot.”
Marc Maron: “You don’t want to mention names all of a sudden?”
Smith: “Everyone knows who it is. Put it this way, remember the really funny guy in the movie? It ain’t him. He’s a f__king dream. Tracy Morgan, I would lay down in traffic for. Were it not for Tracy, I might’ve killed myself or someone else in the making of that movie.”
Smith later explained:
“It was difficult. I’ve never been involved in a situation like that, where one component is not in the box at all. It was f__kin soul crushing. I mean, a lot of people are gonna be like, ‘Oh, you’re just trying to blame the movie on him.’ No, but I had no f__king help from this dude whatsoever.”
“…he changed everything for me though. Because now I’ll never meet anybody. That was it. I’d rather like people from a distance.”
Listen to the full podcast with Kevin Smith on WTFPod.com. I can only imagine what it must be like when an actor does not take direction at all. The film’s over and done with, so now we can move on to more interesting news soon to come regarding his new film Red State premiering at Sundance this year.