Jersey’s second favorite son (sorry, Frank Sinatra will always be first) has carved an idiosyncratic path through the movie business, but there are still aspects of Kevin Smith’s life that might surprise you. Here are 7 under-the-radar tidbits.
UPDATE: Who knows more about Kevin Smith than… Kevin Smith? Here’s his take on the list:
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 19, 2014
1. He Got Kicked Out Of College
Smith attended the New School in New York City, but was booted out for throwing water balloons out of the window of his dorm into the Manhattan street below.
2. He Almost Wrote Jaws 5
After the success of Mallrats, Universal Pictures approached Smith to write a script for Jaws 5, because that franchise really needed to continue. It was never produced. Smith later put a re-enactment of the scar scene from the first Jaws in Chasing Amy.
3. There’s A Street Named After Him
In 2002, the tiny New Jersey hamlet of Paulsboro named a street “Kevin Smith Way” after he filmed Jersey Girl there.
4. There Was Almost a Jay & Silent Bob Meet Hellraiser
After Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Bob Weinstein called Smith up and asked him if he wanted to make a crossover film with his characters and the Cenobites from Clive Barker’s horror franchise.
5. Silent Bob Speaking In Clerks Wasn’t Planned
The bit at the end of Clerks where Silent Bob breaks his silence wasn’t in the script – the lines were supposed to go to Jason Mewes, but he kept screwing them up so Smith took the bit himself.
6. Mallrats Happens The Day Before Clerks
The drowning death of Julie Dwyer is mentioned in Mallrats and then Dante and Randal shut down the convenience store to go to her wake in Clerks.
7. He Likes Talking About His Wife’s Private Parts On Twitter
If you don’t follow Smith on Twitter, you miss romantic statements like “A decade-plus and her clit/brown/taint-area still pOwns my dick.”