In the first two Clerks movies, Randal definitely had a cavalier attitude about life, being perfectly content to keep working at a menial job and getting to always hang out with his best friend, Brian Oâ€™Halloranâ€™s Dante Hicks. But much like how Kevin Smithâ€™s heart attack resulted in the filmmaker making lifestyle changes, Randalâ€™s heart attack will make him realize that heâ€™s capable of more, and he’ll decide to makeâ€¦ a movie about clerks. How very meta of Kevin Smith.
And Randal and Danteâ€™s Clerks movie wonâ€™t just bare a loose similarity to the one Kevin Smith delivered in 1994. Smith mentioned during his interview with The Wrap that there will be a scene where the duo is writing a character based on Jason Mewesâ€™ Jay, who, along with Smithâ€™s Silent Bob, has hung outside of Randal and Danteâ€™s places of employment for years. Theyâ€™ll also be forced to film their Clerks in black and white, just like Smith had to do.
Kevin Smith described the new Clerks 3 as the closest thing thatâ€™s come to his own biography, because just like how he turned to the people and events of his life to craft a movie, so will Randal and Dante with their experiences. None of this could have happened without Jeff Andersonâ€™s involvement, but just like Smith did with Ben Affleck, he and Anderson were able to mend their relationship, allowing Randal and Dante to reunite more than a decade after Clerks II.
The writer/director also reiterated that his original vision for Clerks 3 was filled with too much â€œdoom and gloomâ€� with its commentary on middle age and death. After the heart attack, Kevin Smith isnâ€™t keen on tackling death as a subject matter, preferring to â€œdo life affirming thingsâ€� and why the new Clerks 3 will have a more optimistic tone.
For now, you can return to Kevin Smithâ€™s View Askewniverse in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which sees the pot-smoking hetero-life mates traveling to Hollywood embarking on a journey awfully similar to the one they had in 2001â€™s Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back. Itâ€™s packed with cameos, from View Askewniverse alumni like Jason Lee and Shannon Elizabeth to â€˜newâ€™ faces like Val Kilmer and Melissa Benoist.
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