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Kevin Smith: Tongue in Cheek and Feet on the Ground

21 Jul, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

I love Kevin Smith.

Chasing Amy is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. I even wrote a 12-page paper on it for my female sexuality class in college.

And the guy just cracks me up every time I hear him talk. Having interviewed him several times, I can say he's always come across like a genuinely nice, down-to-earth kind of guy — albeit one with a rather twisted sense of humor.

Granted, his work varies greatly in level of taste and quality of the finished product, but at least he's out there doing his own thing, which you can't say about everyone who's actually “making it” in Hollywood.

At the VSDA Home Entertainment 2004 show last week, he once again cracked me up during his acceptance speech for his DVD Visionary award.

He poked some fun at The Passion of the Christ, which endeared him to me all the more, saying: “You see, I could never make a movie like the Passion movie. I went to Catholic school. I was taught to love Jesus, not beat the shit out of him for two-and-a-half hours.”

What he can do, he said, is make movies that appeal to himself, his friends and about 10 people who like to go see them in the theater. DVD and the appeal of his films in the video market is what makes it possible for him to keep making those films that crack himself and maybe just a few other people up.

“Basically, I'm a glorified direct-to-video filmmaker,” he said, while accepting his award.

Whether you agree with that remark or not, whether you love Smith and his filmmaking sensibilities or hate him, it's always nice to hear someone in this business take themselves with a grain of salt.

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