Entertainment behind the scenes
Director Kevin Smith steels self for 24-hour Twitter marathon
(Note: some strong language in quote and book title)
Filmmaker Kevin Smith has some faithful fans, the kind of movie buffs who — at least in the online world — would love to have an all-night chat with Silent Bob, Smith’s movie screen alter ego, ironically named because Smith is anything but silent. In fact, Smith is loquacious enough to fulfill his fans’ desire for nonstop conversation, by planning for a 24-hour Twitter marathon of questions-and-answers on Monday.
In a release announcing the “event,” Smith joked that he has spent a long time prepping for this day.
“I’ve been training for this my whole life, simply by being a lazy fat-ass who’d rather stare at a screen than better himself with a brisk constitutional,” Smith said in a statement.
Smith has some other training in the non-stop blabbermouth arena. Back in 2005, at a theater in his home state of New Jersey, Smith held a Q&A session with an audience that lasted from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. And he has often kept in touch with his fans online, going way back to the grungy 1990s.
Smith last year came out with the comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Smith told Reuters at the time that Americans are too uptight about sex, and that there is “no better way of knowing a person than knowing what their sex life is.”
Smith’s Twitter page is http://twitter.com/ThatKevinSmith, so that’s the place to go on Monday to hear him wax poetic or nostalgic or pornographic about anything he wants to discuss.
Also, proving he has more to say, Smith has written a book called “Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith,” a title that almost rhymes, and he launches a 15-city international speaking tour this month with stops that include Chicago, Miami, London and Edmonton, Canada.