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Kevin Smith on Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Published October 29, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Dimension Films
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Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a departure for Kevin Smith. It's got more of a plot, it's a little more visual and it doesn't even have Ben Affleck in it. Smith actually wrote it with star Seth Rogen in mind.

Kevin Smith Directs Zack and Miri Make a Porno


"This one would’ve definitely sat in the drawer had Seth not wanted to do it," said Smith. "Seth was the lynchpin for me. Seth was the reason I wrote the movie. Saw him in 40-Year-Old Virgin and said, 'I’ve got to write this dude a movie.' If Seth had said, No, I would’ve just stuck this in a drawer and not done it because he was the whole reason it worked for me. Weinstein Company was like, 'Do you have a backup if Seth says no?' and I’m like, 'No, it’s Seth or no.' Luckily he said yes. That’s pretty much happened across the board with my stuff."

Even supporting players made a big impact on Smith's latest film, including Justin Long in one scene as a gay porn star. "Justin Long’s character was funny on the page, but all credit goes to Justin Long for turning it into a performance for the ages. I think people will forget about this movie and still remember Justin Long in the movie. It was a brilliantly insightful portrayal that almost happened accidentally."



Long got sick the day before shooting, so had to adopt an absurdly deep voice as the only way he could get through the scene. "So he was like, 'Look man, I’m so sorry, but I can’t help it. Would you mind if this was my voice? Let me tell you why I feel it would work. I borrowed some gay porn from a friend of mine.' I was like, 'Yeah, you borrowed it. We’ve all borrowed it, my friend.' He’s like, 'They all talk from down here like this.' 'Dude, I think it’s genius. I don’t know if anyone else will get it, but I get it. Do it.' And it was totally memorable, it totally worked."

In his porno world, Smith also got to make his ultimate fantasy, Star Whores. "That was awesome. For me, when I wrote the script, and there’s the moment in the script where it says, like, the flap opens on R2D2 and you see a ball sack, that made me laugh so hard while I was writing it, I couldn’t wait to get to the set. But I was like, 'You know what? It’ll never be as good as when I wrote it so let’s just face the fact it will never live up here.' It went beyond my expectations. When the flap opened, I was the one leading the laughter. I was like, 'How f*cking hysterical! His name’s R2-TBag and he’s got a big set of nuts.' It was kind of cool. It was really cool."

Zack and Miri Make a Porno opens to theaters on October 31st.

For the trailers, stills, posters and more movie info, go to the Zack and Miri Make a Porno Movie Page.

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