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Kevin Smith Calls in an Old Friend

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 30, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 30, 2009 |

We’ve been mostly quiet about Kevin Smith’s latest, A Couple of Dicks, his first major studio film, which stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, from a script by Mark and Robb Cullen. The truth is, I don’t want to jinx it. I don’t want to oversell it. And I don’t want folks to be tired of it before the movie comes out. It doesn’t hurt, either, that I’m slightly (very slightly) concered about Smith’s ability to direct someone else’s script (oh, fine; I’m fucking terrfied). The strengths in his own films were always the writing and the characters, so I’m not sure what’s left when you take that away.

That said, Smith — who is currently filming the movie, a comedy about two cops whose adventures include locating a stolen baseball card, rescuing a woman, and dealing with gangsters and their laundered money — has been bringing new cast members aboard during production in New York. So far, Adam Brody, Sean William Scott, and Kevin Pollack have joined the film. Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) has also joined as the daugther of Bruce Willis’ character. And yesterday came word that Jason Lee has joined the cast. It’ll be a small role, but since Kevin Smith basically discovered Lee and made it possible for him to one day make millions in an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, I suppose Lee owes Smith. And now that “My Name is Earl” has been canned (I was bored with the show, but a finale would’ve been nice, NBC), it’s not like Lee has a lot else to do.

And I think that’s the last we’re going to mention of the movie until we at least see a movie poster. Sometimes, a little goes a long way.

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