It's Not Easy Making Green
This would have made a hell of a lot more sense about ten years and ten films ago. Still, I want the movie made. What Smith's asking is that we pay twice for a final product. Which is funny, because we're essentially the only ones paying for it the first time. And sure, we can take pride in saying "Hey, I got that fucking movie made!" If we really want the movies we want, we're supposed to vote with our dollar.
I mean, I can't understand why the other sites are getting so outraged over Smith pulling this stunt. If it pisses you off, then don't fucking pay. It's not like he's pulling a Ponzi scheme where he's twirling his fucking mustache and grabbing a big sack of money and running off on a train, laughing like Snidely fucking Whiplash. Does it make him look like a half-assed director? Sure. Does it seem a little low-rent? Of course. But so what? If it takes me giving twenty bucks to get this fucking movie made, then why the hell not? Smith's always doing crazy shit for his fans, from holding open calls for crowd scenes to going around the country hosting awesome nights of speechifying. And if we get a chance to give back? I say good. Give him your fucking money.
But first. Give me your fucking money. Mostly, because I need it worse. And because Ted Boynton, the Boozehound, promised with an incredible spout of generosity to match all funds donated to The Prisco Relief Fund up to $1,500. Just to prove that his heart is almost as big and well-worn as his liver. What's wrong with panhandling for your art? Not a damn thing, I say.