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Ben Affleck in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

This whole entertainment industry thing that we do is a lot of fun, to be sure. Covering the art that is movie making is certainly not without value. But sometimes, someone in this business can do some real good in the world, like repairing an old friendship that had fallen on hard times. It turns out, that if you were overjoyed to see Ben Affleck in the trailer for Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, you have ReelBlend's Kevin McCarthy to thank.

Kevin Smith had made no secret that while he and Ben Affleck had once been close friends, the pair hadn't really spoken much in recent years. This made his appearance in the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer quite a surprise to many fans. Kevin Smith took to Instagram to explain how it all came about, and it turns out that it all started when Kevin McCarthy of our own ReelBlend podcast asked Affleck about possibly appearing in Reboot. That one question started all the dominoes falling, and led to it actually happening. You can read Smith's full explanation below.

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MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK! When the trailer for @jayandsilentbob Reboot dropped (link in my bio), folks found out a few of our secrets - one of the biggest being that @benaffleck is back as Holden McNeil! The co-creator of #bluntmanandchronic and friend of #jayandsilentbob plays a crucial role in the Reboot and his scene is one of the best bits of cinema I’ve ever been involved with: it’s absolutely magical and life-affirming and all the things I really care about now, post-heart attack. But when we started shooting the movie, the scene didn’t exist. This scene - and more importantly, my reunion with a guy who I’ve missed terribly for nearly a decade - only happened because of @kevinmccarthytv. Kev interviewed Ben for his @netflix movie #triplefrontier and kicked off by asking Ben “Did they call you for Reboot yet?” And Ben said no, but he was available. So producer @jordanmonsanto said “Call Ben.” I told her “That’s just some nice shit to say at a junket. He wasn’t serious.” A week later, Jordan, @jaymewes and @jenschwalbach we’re all pressing me to reach out to Ben, so I finally did. I was scared to be rejected, but I texted him “To paraphrase the sad old King Osric in CONAN THE BARBARIAN? ‘There comes a time when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a director’s love for the people he used to make pretend with.’” And after a long beat of wondering how he’d receive this, my estranged friend wrote back as only he could: “Of course you still liken yourself to a king,” he joked. And then “Would be a pleasure to see you again, Old Man.” So naturally, weepy me - who breaks down emotionally during comic book flicks - was a blubbery mess. Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back - all because of entertainment journalism. Thank you, #kevinmccarthytv - your #viewaskew themed opening question not only allowed me to make an 8 page sequel to #chasingamy in the middle of #JayAndSilentBobReboot, it also brought back a massive missing piece of my heart. #KevinSmith #benaffleck #JasonMewes #reunited #comiccon #holdenmcneil

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Just how awesome is this? It's amazing to think that such a simple question could have such a profound impact. Not only does it end up changing the movie in a significant way, but more importantly it reconnects two friends who had lost touch. There really does look to be pure joy on the faces of everybody in this picture.

There had been a brief hint that Ben Affleck might be returning to the ViewAskewnaverse when Smith recently revealed that three actors who have played Batman are in the movie. Affleck was an obvious candidate, but with the history, it was far from certain.

Kevin Smith has previously talked about how he and Ben Affleck had stopped talking to each other in recent years. Smith took full responsibility for it, saying that he had a tendency to talk too much and say things he shouldn't.

Smith was clearly hesitant to try and repair this breach, thinking your old friend doesn't want to talk to you sucks, finding out for sure could be painful, but in the end Smith reached out, and it looks like everything is ok.

It appears that Ben Affleck now has a single scene in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, but the scene wasn't in Kevin Smith's original script, it was added only after Affleck and Smith repaired their relationship.

For those of us of a certain age (me), Mallrats might be the first time you remember ever seeing Ben Afflek in a movie, so seeing him back working with Kevin Smith again is pure joy. This is how things are supposed to be.

So well done Kevin McCarthy. You do us all proud. You can hear Kevin, along with Jake Hamilton and CinemaBlend's own Sean O'Connell, every week on the ReelBlend podcast.

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