[Movies] Kevin Smith Reveals That Justin Long And Michael Parks Will Star In Tusk Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.25.2013
In a new interview...
In an interview with EW.com, Kevin Smith revealed that Michael Parks and Justin Long will star in his new horror film Tusk. Here are highlights:
On what the film is about: "It's about a guy who turns another guy into a f–king human walrus. As weird as it is in my head when I talk about it, they finally sent me the costume designs by Robert Kurtzman, and I was like, 'Holy sh-t, it's a monster movie, I had no idea.' I thought I was making a kind of sister thriller to Red State. As soon as I saw the designs, I go, 'Of course this is a monster movie and he's Dr. Frankenstein.'
On who he wants to play the "Dr. Frankenstein" role: "It was written for Michael Parks, who I loved in Red State. That was one of the best times I ever had my career, sitting on a set, rolling a camera on a true f–king genius, who is pretending to be somebody else and I forgot who the real guy is because his performance is so good. I wrote the script around him, so it's nothing but Michael Parks dialogue porn. Justin Long is the guy in the walrus suit. I needed a guy who has expressive eyes because once you're in that suit, you're covered. I reached out to Justin and he wrote back and was like, 'This is awfully scary but how can we not? Let's fall down this hole.' So it'll be Parks versus Long trying to answer the age-old question, 'Is man indeed a walrus at heart?' It's a f–ked up movie, dude."
On which film will be in theaters first, Tusk or Clerks III: "Tusk. We start Oct. 21. And I think Tusk will be an ivory bridge, if you will, to Clerks III. I finished up the script [for Clerks] in May or June, but the timetable is pretty tough because the budget is larger. Tusk is a moveable feast at like $2 million and change, so it was way more nimble to put that together. Tusk was just something to do while waiting for news back on Clerks III. Suddenly, people were like, "Really? A human walrus? That sounds f–ked up." It suddenly took pole position. Then I started going, "Look, I do this, it's going to make Clerks III even easier to do. I can warm up for Clerks III. It's been a couple of years. Maybe I need some warmup pitches. But you definitely will see Tusk before you'll see Clerks III. And if I have my way, you'll see Tusk up in Sundance in January."
On Ben Affleck as Batman: "It caught me off guard because I too thought he was on this different path. He fought his way back from wherever he was and is now at the top of the mountain. I never would've guessed this move. Why wouldn't he just be like, "Argo f–k yourself," to any superhero movie at this point. And then I realized why: If you ask an 8-year-old, "Hey, who's Robert Downey Jr.?" they go "Iron Man!" If you ask an 8-year-old, "Hey, who's Ben Affleck?" they look at you blankly. Now, at the end of the day, when he plays Batman, he'll have career vitality. He'll have bought himself another 10 years as an actor, not just as an director. But more importantly, there are two personal reasons. One I know for a fact: the guys always wanted to play Batman. He loved Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns, and one of the reasons he did Daredevil was because [he thought] they were never going to do another Batman after the disastrous Batman & Robin. So he was like, [Daredevil] is the closest I'll ever get to Dark Knight Returns.
He's always wanted to play Batman. I live in Affleck's old house, and he built a panic room and the entrance was built to look like a Batcave entrance. It's a bookcase that you click a button and the bookcase slides back. He's the only guy I know that would go to do something like that. I asked him, "What did that cost to do?" He was like, "50 thousand bucks." I was like, "Worth every f–king penny, man." That's amazing! If you're going to have Pearl Harbor, Armageddon type money, build a f–king Batcave entrance in your house. So he's always loved the character. But the real reason, I suspect — and I haven't spoke to him in probably a year and half, two years — but he's got three kids, including a son. What father doesn't want to bend down, lean down into their little boy's ear after the movie's done and whisper, "I'm Batman." C'mon! That's amazing! That's an emotional enough reason there."