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‘Everyone’s back’ Kevin Smith talks about Mallrats sequel

October 25th, 2020 by Marc Comments

As hard to believe as it is, Kevin Smith’s second movie – and arguably funniest – Mallrats is 25 years old this year and, on its quarter-century, Smith has given us some great news.

The on-again/off-again sequel to the movie, Twilight of the Mallrats will see a full house of cast returning.

We’ve known for some time (here) that stars Jeremy London and Jason Lee were returning along with Shannon Doherty, Michael Rooker and Ethan Supplee but now it seems that’s just the beginning.

“Everybody comes back,” Smith says.

“TS (London’s character) has a really like, poignant part too. I’m very happy with TS’s part two. The thing I’m most happy about… the thing I feel most clever about in regard to the movie, obviously one of us can’t come back, right? Stan’s gone. So, there is a Stan Lee scene, and it makes absolute perfect sense. And when you see it, it’ll fucking break your heart and make you cry and while you’re laughing. It is so like, I’m not saying I’m clever, but it’s f*cking clever. And I get to pull it off without bringing in somebody that’s not part of the family, so to speak. It’s pretty damn wonderful. So, he’s represented as well. He’s a big figure, obviously, in Brodie’s life.”

TS’s partner in crime, Brodie (played by Lee), will have a fun story too according to Smith: “Brodie’s a character that like, was awarded a second bite of the apple because he was right,” Smith said.

“Like, you know, one of Banner’s frustrations with her father is that he’s so like, ‘I was right. Like the culture turned in my way comic book culture, I predicted this.’ So, he’s insufferable to her for that reason.”

Despite being a kid from Ireland, Smith’s Clerks and Mallrat spoke to me in a very personal way when they came out as they seemed to be movies in which I could identify almost every character. When he released Clerks II a few years back, I felt the same again – catching up with characters dealing with adulthood, fumbling in the dark was, once more, identifiable to me. I can’t help but feel that Twilight of the Mallrats might be something similar.

No release date for the movie yet, but I’ll keep you posted as and when I hear more.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….