Disney has Peter Pan; New Jersey has Kevin Smith. The Red Bank native turned his job at a video store into a career acting, writing and directing some of the best films of his generation, refuses to grow up.
“The idea of getting into entertainment was to stay young for me. I loved performing when we were kids, I loved pretending when we were in high school doing theater,” Smith says. “I knew that stuff was coming to an end. People put it aside and went into the real world and became adults and I didn’t want to do that right away.”
So Smith took a risk that many wish they had the cajones to try.
“I’d rather risk my future seeing if I could make a movie, seeing if it could work before I settled into the idea of doing a job like your dad did a job and I’ve been very lucky with it. that first bet on myself,” he said.
Kevin Smith’s bet would pay off. Among his many films are “Clerks”, which all started in 1994, in which he wrote, directed, co-produced and starred as the character Silent Bob of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob.
The two also appear in “Mallrats”, “Chasing Amy”, “Dogma”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, “Clerks II”, and “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”. They will be resurrected again Saturday night at the Pennsylvania Convention Center as part of Philly Expo.
I asked Smith how Silent Bob was doing.
“He’s doing great. He’s never left me, he’s a part of me all the time.”
He’s not growing either.
“I’m just trying to pretend to make a living because I don’t want to grow up.”
Advice worth following!
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