ReelBlend #78: Kevin Smith Talks Getting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon For Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

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It has been years since Kevin Smith made a View Askew movie. It has been several films since Kevin Smith included his famous stoner characters Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) in a story. All of that will change this fall when Smith unleashes Jay and Silent Bob Reboot on the world… and the presence of Ben Affleck in said movie is all thanks to our very own Kevin McCarthy.

Wait, what?

It’s true. ReelBlend co-host Kevin McCarthy basically got the ball rolling between Affleck and Kevin Smith, as the two had been estranged for several years now. How? We’ll let this week’s ReelBlend guest tell that story – and several other stories – himself.

That’s right. Kevin Smith is on this week’s ReelBlend episode! Give it a listen above.

This interview is a free-flowing, 90-minute conversation between Smith and the boys – Jake, Sean and Kevin – as they cover the Ben Affleck story, the road to Reboot, some behind-the-scenes gems from Smith’s past films, and so much more. If you love Kevin Smith, and his View Askew movies, this one is a must listen.

Because the Smith chat goes so long, the rest of the episode this week is pretty tight. The guys give a spoilery review of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. They discuss the first full trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. And they kick off a new angle on the Blend Game.

From now through the end of the yea, our hosts will be singling out their picks for their favorite movies of the decade. They start with #60sBlend, and all have separate films that stand out, for very personal reasons. Give it a listen!

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Sean O'Connell
Managing Editor

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.