An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002 Video)
[Kevin is speaking to students at Kent State]
Kevin: When we called up the student activities board, we said we were gonna be shooting at Kent State - they were like, "Bull shit!" They were like, "We went through that shit once before; never again!"
[describing Tim Burton reaction]
Kevin: He said "Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book." Which to me, explains Batman. "And I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith." Whoa! The... the claws came out. The... the fucking scissorhands came out!
Audience Member: What's a nubian?
[everyone in the audience cracks up at the "Chasing Amy" reference]
Kevin: Not for nothin', man, but I will do the fuckin' jokes here, all right?
Kevin: That's why you'll never see my name next to Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Spike Lee. Scorsese speaks a lot at NYU, and I'm damn skippy no one's ever been like, "I'll suck your dick for five bucks!"
Kevin: A science fiction movie? I don't know. I think I have made one already... Chasing Amy.
Kevin: Because you go ask any lesbian, that'll never happen.
Kevin: Even if, and probably especially because, the dude is Ben fucking Affleck.
Kevin: I always like to think of it as like, I've got 'em sittin' there, whip a little message at 'em. Whip a little moral at 'em. Whip a little of what my view of the world is. Because that's what every good filmmaker does. You can't change the world. You can't cure the world. All you can do is be like, "This is it through my eyes. Do you agree or not agree?"
[explaining his "theory" of how he was commissioned to write for "Superman Reborn"]
Kevin: Back in '96 and '97, when I was commissioned by Warner Brothers to write a script for a new Superman movie. And how it came about *I* think was that somewhat saw Mallrats and watched Brodie and T.S. talking about the Kryptonite condom and someone thought 'This guy seems to know alot about Superman.'
Audience Member: Are the Cousin Walter stories true?
Kevin: Are you asking me if I ever tried to suck my own dick?
Kevin: [as Tim Burton] Anyone who knows me will tell you that I would never read a comic book." Which, I guess, explains Batman.