Director Kevin Smith always gives his fans a bit more than they expected (OK, and sometimes wanted) with his fully loaded DVD releases. His ’95 flick Mallrats (out today on DVD) has Smith showing his indie spirit by presenting a brand-new cut of the comedy. Here the sly director relaxes with TVGuide.com to riff about the 'rats, a new Clerks and why he’s not buzzing around The Green Hornet.
TVGuide.com: Mallrats didn’t set the box office on fire when it came out in theaters. Why do this extended DVD?
Kevin Smith: I thought after Mallrats came out and wasn’t well received that no one would ever talk about it again, other than in film class as, "Never do this!" At the time it came out I felt like I was having all my ideas rejected, and sometimes you buy into what [critics] say. Today, I see it as an entertaining movie, and it has found an audience on home video. We’re doing this extended-cut DVD because Universal told me Mallrats is a top seller. But I must say, if you didn’t like Mallrats the first time you saw it, this new version isn’t going to make you see the light. If you loved Mallrats, then you’ll like the DVD because you’ll get more of the same.
TVGuide.com: I heard you are doing a sequel to Clerks?
Smith: Yeah, I can’t wait, sir. We start shooting Oct. 10. It’s a story about what happens to the angry young man once he turns 35. We’ve got all the same guys from the first film.
TVGuide.com: Are you still doing [a feature version of] The Green Hornet?
Smith: I backed off The Green Hornet about six months ago. I wrote the script and then thought this is far too big for me to do. I’m not talented enough to do an action film at this time in my life. I don’t want to be the director who is given $70 million to do a movie and screws the pooch.
TVGuide.com: Think you’ll join your Mallrats star/all-around go-to guy Jason Lee on his new NBC show, My Name Is Earl?
Smith: Ha! Jason has e-mailed me and said he might want me to direct an episode, but I haven’t seen the show yet. I’m so delighted Jason is getting the recognition he deserves. Maybe now I can make a Fletch film staring Jason — I’ve wanted to do that for five years.
TVGuide.com: What do you think of your friend Ben Affleck’s marriage to Jen Garner?
Smith: They’re a very sweet couple and insanely compatible. That kid they’re having will be gorgeous — carved from God’s own wood.
TVGuide.com: You’ve popped up on a lot of TV recently. Is this a new career?
Smith: Ha! I did Veronica Mars [airing Oct. 5], Degrassi and just recently an episode of Joey [airing Sept. 22]. I have a hard time saying no to anyone who wants to put me on TV. I feel like the new McLean Stevenson — look for me next on "Match Game 2005" or maybe The Love Boat.