It’s a miracle! One possibly orchestrated by The Patron Saint of Snoochie Boochies (on their break from their shift at Heaven’s Quick Stop). Kevin Smith recently revealed that his relationship with his former brofriend Ben Affleck is no longer bad, like Yoga Hosers, but good, like Clerks or Mallrats.
Kevin posted the picture above to Instagram on Friday. Kevin and Jason Mewes appeared at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend to promote the upcoming film Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Kevin explained to SDCC attendees that Ben Affleck, who has appeared in six of Kevin’s films, would make a cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot as Holden McNeil, his character from Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This was big news, because when we last checked in on Kevin’s friendship with Ben, it was pretty much nonexistent.
Kevin had said previously that Ben’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner was the reason why they no longer hung out, but he amended that reason back in November when he implied on Twitter that Ben stopped answering Kevin’s calls after Kevin’s “big mouth” told too many stories that weren’t his to tell. But as you can see, Ben’s not angry about Kevin’s big mouth anymore.
Kevin explains that it all started after Ben, who was promoting Triple Frontier at the time, was asked by entertainment journalist Kevin McCarthy if Ben had been called yet about Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. He said no, but that he was available. Kevin finally reached out to Ben to see if he really was interested or if he was just being nice during a press junket, and Ben texted back that it would be a pleasure to work with him again.
“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…[it] 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.”
The picture of Ben and Kevin’s reunion was taken during the filming of a scene at a fake Comic Con for the film (it appears to be Chronic Con, which is entirely too on-brand for Jay and Silent Bob).
It’s been several years since Kevin and Ben hung out, so it’s going to be really strange when they catch up and realize how different their lives are now. Like the fact that a post-heart attack Kevin Smith doesn’t eat like shit anymore. You know that while he’s happy his friend is back, Ben is probably a little bummed that he can’t count on Kevin to join him on any back-to-back drive-thru runs to Dunkin’ and Jack in the Box.
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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