What was supposed to be a 15-minute interview with Kevin Smith turned into a far-reaching conversation that lasted over an hour (yes, we even discussed the talk of a possible Boba Fett movie). Smith is promoting 'Red State,' a film he does not want to be promoting and, in turn, he makes it clear that he doesn't really want to be talking to the likes of me. Up to this point, Smith has self-distributed 'Red State' -- taking his horror film, and himself, on a tour of theaters nationwide. But now, 'Red State' is being released onto video on demand this weekend and his new distributor would like him to talk to the press about the film. So here we are!
'Red State' is the story of a Fred Phelps–type pastor (Michael Parks) who takes it upon himself to administer punishments, based on biblical scripture, onto local residents. In this first part of a two-part interview, Smith explains why he made 'Red State,' defends his auction of 'Red State' at Sundance (in which Smith irked several movie writers by never actually auctioning the film, instead purchasing it himself), and why he came after the critics so ferociously who panned his Bruce Willis comedy, 'Cop Out.' Oh yeah, Bruce Willis -- Smith talks about him, too.