Kevin Smith. Either you love the guy or you hate him. For years, the director has been polarizing audiences with his particular brand of humor and directing style but most would agree that his greatest movie was also his first big screen outing as a director: 1994’s Clerks. While the movie’s plot is a bit simple, i.e. a day in the life of a convenience store clerk who is working on his day off and his video store clerk best friend, the real meat of the film is in the hilarious dialogue and the various characters that stop by the store throughout the day. Clerks introduced the world to Kevin Smith and, almost as importantly, also introduced the world to Jay (played to perfection by Jason Mewes) and his hetero life-mate, Silent Bob (played by Kevin Smith). Well, if the director is to be believed, it appears at least one of those characters shall meet his demise very soon.
The two stoner characters have been a staple throughout Smith’s “New Jersey Saga” and have appeared in seven of Smith’s films to date, and were the stars of the short lived cult favorite television show, Clerks: The Animated Series. The characters even branched out into different properties that weren’t Kevin Smith projects, appearing in Scream 3 and even the Canadian TV Show, Degrassi: The Next Generation, to name a couple, and have inspired comic books and action figures. Smith is currently knee-deep in production of the third film in his True North series, Moose Jaws, and in an interview with an Australian news site, the man behind Silent Bob just dropped the news that the quiet but philosophical character will die in a rather unceremonious fashion.
I just finished writing the scene where — spoilers — Silent Bob gets eaten by the moose. That’s how he fucking goes out! Isn’t that fun?
Well, that’s…interesting. Why would Smith make such a drastic decision? Well, for those that are unaware, Moose Jaws is exactly that: Jaws with a moose. In order to recreate an important death that occurred in Jaws, Smith has decided that Silent Bob will have to take the fall. Why not Jay?
I was talking to [Jason Mewes] about Moose Jaws and I’m like, ‘I’m thinking about bringing us in as the Captain Quint character’. And he goes, ‘Yeah, but Quint gets killed!’ I was like, ‘One of us has to get eaten’. And he was like, ‘You. Not me’. I was like, ‘Why?’ And he was like, ‘Because I wanna be in other movies!’ Fair enough, dude. So, rather than let him go out with dignity, he’ll be eaten by a fucking moose.
“Fair enough”, indeed. Moose Jaws will follow the upcoming Yoga Hosers, which was preceded by the dark comedy/horror flick, Tusk. The entire trilogy takes place in Canada and, true to Smith’s form, features some of the quirkiest characters to hit the big screen in quite some time. Tusk was yet another polarizing outing for Smith, with many audiences absolutely hating it, while others cheered its originality. Haven’t seen the film yet? Take a look at the trailer!
As for Yoga Hosers, which does not currently have a release date but wrapped filming earlier this year, word is that the film will be an action adventure with monsters and will share much of the cast with Tusk.
In addition to his True North Trilogy, Smith is also working on sequels to both Clerks and Mallrats, which means that fans will have a few more chances to visit their favorite stoner team this side of Cheech and Chong before the duo is destroyed permanently. Then again, knowing Smith, he may change his mind about killing Silent Bob and, instead, decide to write a trilogy of movies that focus on Silent Bob in heaven, smoking pot with God, who will likely be played by Alanis Morrisette. Hey, Kevin, if you go this route, how about kicking Nerd Bastards some scratch for the idea? We would gladly take it.
How do you feel about Silent Bob being killed off? Do you think the director will go through with it?