"I liked the idea of doing something about porn, but mainstream porn had been done and done very well by Paul Thomas Anderson in Boogie Nights. So no point in doing that. I'm not trying to go in there and throw my d*ck down and be all like, 'I'm better than Paul Thomas Anderson.' We all know I'm not." -- Kevin Smith
Last month, I traveled to Red Bank, New Jersey and enjoyed a very cool lunch with a very cool dude by the name of Kevin Smith. While we scarfed down some tasty Italian food, I recorded roughly an hour and a half of our conversation -- all of which would be way too much to read in one post. Thus, I've decided to break some stuff up into sections and post them separately, then I'll be back with much more in the coming days leading up to the October 31st release of the pretty hilarious Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Here, Smith talks about the origins of Zack and Miri, who made up his original cast, how Seth Rogen became involved and why he decided to shoot it in Pittsburgh, of all places.
On the Original Idea and Original Cast
"The idea -- and different permutation's of it -- had been germinating since the end of Chasing Amy. The end of Chasing Amy we wanted to make this movie called Name that dealt with the porn industry, peripherally, as one of the main characters has kind of gone off to work in porn and then returned home years later. And I wanted to do it with Joey [Lauren Adams], Jason [Lee] and Ben [Affleck]. Then, after Chasing Amy, me and Joey broke up, so suddenly I didn't know whether I wanted to work with Joey Adams right away and then also we got the opportunity to move forward on Dogma. So I was like, f*ck it, let's do this.