“Hit somebody! was what the crowd roared / When Buddy the goon came over the boards /
“Coach,” he’d say, “I wanna score goals” / The coach said, “Buddy, remember your role /
The fast guys get paid, they shoot, they score, / Protect them, Buddy, that’s what you’re here for”
Ah, now with words that poetic who wouldn’t wanna make a movie about it? Well Kevin Smith sure as hell did! In his upcoming project Hit Somebody based on the song by Warren Zevon, Smith has just decided to cast Nicholas Braun (Sky High), who Smith worked with on Red State. The 22 year actor certainly looks as though he could play rough and tough hockey player Buddy McKracken, but who knows if has the ability to command the screen.
Originally, Seann William Scott was set to play the role but ended up leaving the project for another hockey movie. Here’s what Smith had to say about his casting situation,
At one point it was Seann William Scott, and Seann William Scott apparently wanted to make a hockey movie real fuckin’ bad… So he went to do another one, which meant we were star-less for a while, which was totally OK by me. But then I found so much of my Hit Somebody cast while making Red State, so… The guy who’s going to play my lead, whose name is Buddy McKraken in the movie, is a fella who’s in our flick [Red State] and his name is Nicholas Braun. He’s this really great actor who I love to death and he is the perfect lead for this hockey movie, for this script.
Hit Somebody is set to get rolling some time between July and September of 2011. Now while we may not know much about the project I have no doubts that Mr. Smith will not disappoint us or his country (“Oh Canada”) by making a shitty hockey movie. Hopefully this thing will be as hilarious as it sounds. What do you guys think??