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Kevin Smith And Ben Affleck Started Speaking Again Thanks To A Movie From The 1980s

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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is not only Kevin Smith’s first film since he suffered a “massive” heart attack, it’s also his first movie with Ben Affleck since Clerks II. The pair, who also worked on Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Jersey Girl together, went years without talking, possibly because “one of us has a big mouth and told too many candid stories that sometimes weren’t his to tell, and the other one is Ben.” But according to Smith, they re-connected earlier this year following an interview between Affleck and journalist Kevin McCarthy while the former was promoting Triple Frontier.

“Kev interviewed Ben for his [Triple Frontier] and kicked off by asking Ben, ‘Did they call you for Reboot yet?’ And Ben said no, but he was available,” the Clerks director wrote on Instagram. “So producer [Jordan Monsanto] said ‘Call Ben.’ I told her, ‘That’s just some nice shit to say at a junket. He wasn’t serious.”

Smith was hesitant to contact Affleck, because he was “scared to be rejected,” but eventually texted his former friend… with a quote from Conan the Barbarian.

“To paraphrase the sad old King Osric in [1982’s cult film] CONAN THE BARBARIAN? ‘There comes a time when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a director’s love for the people he used to make pretend with.’ And after a long beat of wondering how he’d receive this, my estranged friend wrote back as only he could: ‘Of course you still liken yourself to a king,’ he joked. And then, ‘Would be a pleasure to see you again, Old Man.'” (Via)

Smith continued, “So naturally, weepy me – who breaks down emotionally during comic book flicks – was a blubbery mess. Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back – all because of entertainment journalism.” See, mother, I didn’t make a terrible life choice!

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot opens on October 15.

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MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK! When the trailer for @jayandsilentbob Reboot dropped (link in my bio), folks found out a few of our secrets – one of the biggest being that @benaffleck is back as Holden McNeil! The co-creator of #bluntmanandchronic and friend of #jayandsilentbob plays a crucial role in the Reboot and his scene is one of the best bits of cinema I’ve ever been involved with: it’s absolutely magical and life-affirming and all the things I really care about now, post-heart attack. But when we started shooting the movie, the scene didn’t exist. This scene – and more importantly, my reunion with a guy who I’ve missed terribly for nearly a decade – only happened because of @kevinmccarthytv. Kev interviewed Ben for his @netflix movie #triplefrontier and kicked off by asking Ben “Did they call you for Reboot yet?” And Ben said no, but he was available. So producer @jordanmonsanto said “Call Ben.” I told her “That’s just some nice shit to say at a junket. He wasn’t serious.” A week later, Jordan, @jaymewes and @jenschwalbach we’re all pressing me to reach out to Ben, so I finally did. I was scared to be rejected, but I texted him “To paraphrase the sad old King Osric in CONAN THE BARBARIAN? ‘There comes a time when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a director’s love for the people he used to make pretend with.’” And after a long beat of wondering how he’d receive this, my estranged friend wrote back as only he could: “Of course you still liken yourself to a king,” he joked. And then “Would be a pleasure to see you again, Old Man.” So naturally, weepy me – who breaks down emotionally during comic book flicks – was a blubbery mess. Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back – all because of entertainment journalism. Thank you, #kevinmccarthytv – your #viewaskew themed opening question not only allowed me to make an 8 page sequel to #chasingamy in the middle of #JayAndSilentBobReboot, it also brought back a massive missing piece of my heart. #KevinSmith #benaffleck #JasonMewes #reunited #comiccon #holdenmcneil

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