Kevin Smith’s “Star Wars” set visit will make you weep. It was beautiful to see that a Hollywood director still has that child-like glimmer left in his soul. The video is truly something that everyone should see at least once.
I must warn every one of you now. This video is very explicit. Smith is an amazing storyteller. If you know of his films, then you know that he is extremely crude and vulgar at times, but it is his dialog that audience love the most. This is why I unfortunately am restricted from including the video in this post. Go look for it out in the inter-verse. I found it on a ton of sites, including YouTube.com. If you are having and doubts, this video is NSFW.
Kevin Smith The video takes you back to 8 years old, sitting in the living room floor playing with action figures. All of the feelings of joy and happiness that you felt back then, Kevin Smith felt during his recent visit to the “Star Wars: Episode VII” set. He jokes that it was a mistake by J.J.Abrams. Smith relives every emotion that he felt as a child seeing “Star Wars” for the first time during his visit to the set. Here is an excerpt from the video (minus the explicit words):
What I saw, I absolutely loved. It was tactile — it was real. It wasn’t a series of (expletive) green screens and blue screens in which later a bunch of digital characters would be added. IT was there, it was happening. I saw old friends who I haven’t seen since my childhood, who aren’t really friends, but I love them more than some of my (expletive) relatives. I saw uniforms, I saw artillery I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that was real. I walked across the set, there were explosions. And it looked like a shot right out of a Star Wars movie.
It is the insight we get into the heart of a filmmaker, that makes this video powerful. You see that even the industry professionals can still be amazed. They are not all just pumping out watered-down films to lull out the imagination of the world. For all of you nay-sayers out there, here are the words straight from the mouth of one of the biggest fanboys on the planet as he saw the Millennium Falcon:
As I walked up that ramp I realized that the something that was missing from those other movies (the prequels) and its now in these movies. And its not the obvious like hey the Millennium Falcon or hey the characters that we know are returning. Its something else entirely — he’s building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he’s replicating with all the love of someone who has the world’s greatest collection of Star Wars figures. And when you walk on that set man, I don’t know how else to describe it except thusly: you use another pop culture reference to describe this pop culture phenomenon. Its like the “Field of Dreams”, the Kevin Costner movie. And if JJ builds it, we’re all going to come hard, because its amazing. It looks fantastic. So anyone out there wondering if he’s going to pull it off, he’s pulling it off. He showed me cut scenes, he showed me sequences, images, pictures. I cried and I hugged that guy. And I’m sure as I was crying and hugging on him that he was thinking “time is money” because they’re making a movie. But he got it. He was very flattered. And I was like “Honestly dude, you’re doing it. You’re making my childhood again. You’re doing our Star Wars. What I saw, blew me away.”
Smith goes to the set trying to just keep his directors lens on, but upon seeing the things that J.J. Abrams is doing with “Star Wars: Episode VII,” he couldn’t help but cry. I love this reaction. This is exactly why I love writing about this industry. We are all fanboys at heart, no matter what.