Leading up to the release of Cop Out, Kevin Smith was completely enamored with Seann William Scott, who turned in the only performance in that film worth watching. And, as Smith is wont to do, he effused his Smithiness all over Seann William Scott, talking up his hockey movie, Hit Somebody, for which he had Seann Williams Scott in mind. Not too long after the release of Cop Out, however, Seann William Scott signed on to a different hockey movie, Goon (the trailer is below). Kevin Smith was gracious, but I think a little upset that Sean William Scott bailed on his film.
Leading up to Zack and Miri, Kevin Smith talked at length about working with Seth Rogen again. When Zack and Miri failed to live up to expectations, Rogen went his separate ways.
Smith has always been incredibly loyal to those he was worked with over the years, and certainly has a set group of folks that he likes to cast time and again. But he can’t seem to hang on to an A-lister. He had Affleck for a while, but after Jersey Girl, even that working relationship seemed to fall apart (though the friendship remained intact). And before Affleck, there was Jason Lee.
And now, there is Kyle Gallner and the cast of Red State, many of whom are returning for Hit Somebody, Smith’s supposed final film. But why would Sean William Scott bail? Well, Goon looks good, and it’s in the Apatow family, instead of the Smith family. Evan Goldberg (Seth Rogen’s writing partner) co-wrote the script with Apatow regular, Jay Baruchel, who also stars, along with Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill. And, based on the red band trailer and without having seen anything from Hit Somebody, it looks like a good choice for Seann William Scott.
Indeed, Goon looks funny. And funny violent. And a totally decent late winter flick. What I don’t get, however, is given the talent attached and the reasonable box-office prospects, is why it’s being released On Demand a month before it hits theaters? That’s never a good sign.
Check out the trailer.