Good news, everybody! Kevin Smith has turned a corner in his life, has decided to end his ongoing war with film critics, and be the bigger man. Hooray!
Kevin Smith has always seemed to me to be a very cool, funny, intensely passionate guy who’s usually an incredible writer and sometimes a pretty good director. But if you’ll remember, after the release of the plague of suck that was Cop Out in 2010, Smith hit a public persona low when he declared critics his nemesis and threatened not to let any of them see his movies ever again. The reviewers saw his petulant temper tantrum and raised him a “We know you are but what are we?” Basically, in the battle of Jerk vs. Jerk Community, everyone looked like assholes.
But now Smith is back with Tusk, and he’s actually embracing the reviews. This Buzzfeed profile tells us just how much he’s grown:
As for critics, who Smith lashed out against with so much vitriol a few years ago — Smith actually read and retweeted a review the other day. It helps, of course, that it was a rave, but he still described the moment as a “big breakthrough.” “It was such a crazy emotional moment where I got a little wet-eyed, just by virtue of the fact that for so long, I was so fucking angry,” he explained.
“It was nice to let go of that. I’m too fucking old to fight or care anymore. I’m old now enough to know some people are going to like it and some people are not going to like it. And that’s way easier to say with something like Tusk, because yeah, some people are not going to like it.”
Vivian Kane learned more from that one swingset scene in ‘Chasing Amy’ than from any sex ed course or parental talk.