SDCC15: Kevin Smith Betting $10 Grand That New ‘Star Wars The Force Awakens’ Footage Will Be Shown Tonight
I can still remember my shock and disbelief that J.J. Abrams and company would not be bringing any new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to SDCC 2015. Promising instead that there would be plenty of talk, but no film. Director and Geek Extraordinaire Kevin Smith, thinks otherwise and he’s willing to put big money on the line to prove it.
Smith told the Los Angles Times that he would bet $10 grand that footage will be shown on Friday night’s Star Wars SDCC15 panel.Here’s how he put it:
You don’t think we’re gonna see star wars footage? I don’t know anything but there’s no way on earth that they don’t.. I mean c’mon that’s like going I hope the Easter bunny shows up .. like of course the Easter bunny is gonna show up, mom and dad are gonna put some eggs man, every year until you’re like oh it’s mom and dad.
Spoilers for kids who don’t know.
I guarantee you, I can’t guarantee because i don’t know anything, but if I was a betting man, I’d bet $10 thousand bucks that they’ll show footage tomorrow. Gotta be, wait here proof, they showed footage to a bunch of European distributors recently.
Here’s a link to the video:
He went on to talk about his on set visit where Kevin Smith posted the picture above to Istagram right after his visit to the set of J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens which he captioned: “Visited JJ and his EP VII set. I signed the NDA so all I can share are this old Bantha-Tracks subscriber’s tears and snotty nose of joy. The Force is WITH this movie. Holy Sith…”
Here’s his original post on Istagram:
Just what was it that turned on the tears? In his own words:
They took me on set, and what I saw was not only beguiling but spellbinding. And also it was real, it was tactile. You could walk around on the set and feel things. There were constructs, real people and stuff, not just a sea of green [screen] like, ‘Well, this is goona be this, and this is goona be this.’ So he’s kind of taking it back to the roots, if you will.
And I got to walk on the Millennium Falcon, which I cried after I did that. His assistant Morgan takes me to show me, and J.J. [Abrams] was like, ‘Take him to Stage M.’ And so Morgan takes me to Stage M and I turn on the lights, and there’s the Millennium Falcon. And I was like, ‘That’s nuts.’ And Morgan was like, ‘Do you want to walk on it?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, my God, yeah.’
The moment I stepped on the Millennium Falcon, like 10 years dropped off my life. Suddenly I was in my 30s, and I hadn’t done Cop Out, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is awesome.’ And then another 10 years dropped off, and I was in my 20s again, making all those movies people like, referencing Star Wars like crazy and stuff. And then another step up the ramp, and I was in my 10s and lower, when I fell in love with this stuff, when it was my religion, when I was a kid,” he added. “Long before I made movies. I was a Catholic school kid; this mattered more than Jesus. They get mad when you say it, but when I was a kid, it was absolutely true — probably more so true now than when I was a kid. So by that third step, that fourth step up the landing ramp, I got so emotional. Suddenly I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this was my whole life before I had a life.’ These were my dreams. When I was a child, this sparked my love affair with movies. Just Star Wars and Jaws. So I get real emotional and I just start crying, and Morgan is like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry —everybody who comes here usually likes this.’ I was like, ‘Oh, I like it. I like it. … You just gut-punched me in the heart.’
Via: The La Times