Look, you’ll be hard pressed to find a bigger Kevin Smith fan than me around these parts. His podcasts single-handedly kept me from going to a very dark place. He is the reason I was encouraged to pursue writing opportunities like this one. The dude has had a huge impact on my life, and I am a better person for it.
But he also cries a lot. Like all the time. I’m not shaming him. It’s good to be in touch with your emotions (or it’s because he’s extremely blazed all the time…) However, if I had known he was visiting the set beforehand, it would have been an extremely safe bet that he would cry.
Smith went on Good Morning America to promote his fantastic stand up special Silent But Deadly (it was filmed on the night of his heart attack, and it is now available on home media). While he was there, the verbose comedian said he visited the set of Episode IX. You can watch the video below, where he said what made him weep was a “career best performance” from someone.
— "I wept on set…"
— "Biggest set I've ever seen in my life."
— "@jjabrams is doing the Lord's work"@ThatKevinSmith joined us on #GMADay with @sarahaines & @michaelstrahan and dished on being on the set of @starwars: #EpisodeIX! https://t.co/pIZkAkwId3 pic.twitter.com/T4VPa4mH2u
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 5, 2018
Thanks to ComicBook.com for the transcript:
“But I do want to say this… number one, J.J. is doing the lord’s work. This movie looks fantastic. It’s a year away, but man it looks fantastic. I wept on set because I saw somebody give a career best performance, somebody I’ve seen in these movies before. I rolled a tear, it was so darn powerful.”
He also spoke to the sheer size and scope of what he witnessed on the set of Episode IX:
“Biggest set I’ve ever seen in my life. The dude’s not directing a movie, it’s like he’s directing a small country. The thing is so massive. I sat there for a week and watched two scenes get filmed. One of them was absolutely amazing. I heard plot details and stuff, movie is going to be fantastic.”
I defy you to find a better hype man/promoter than Kevin Smith. (He was there for his stand up special, but promoted Episode IX and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot all in less than a minute and a half!) It is the reason he cried that is the intriguing part.
If you want to Google it, you can see articles about Smith crying over all of the previous Star Wars movies. He even posted a video of himself bawling over the Yondu sequence at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. So crying isn’t the story here. He does it all the time. It is his words that are intriguing. There is some new blood in Episode IX. But there are also a ton of returning people. My guess would be that it was someone from the original trilogy that gave the performance that made him “weep”. So that is either Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Mark Hamill (The-Now-Force-Ghost Luke Skywalker) or Billy Dee Williams as Lando. I have nothing to base this off of, but I would actually guess Lando. Just seeing Williams back as Lando would make Smith emotional, and then to pull off an emotional scene in front of him would do the trick (especially if it was a scene involving the late Carrie Fisher as Leia, who is returning via archive footage!)
Of course it could be someone from the new cast. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac are all capable of that sort of gravitas. We’ll see. But it’s good that Smith, who is the voice of a big portion of geeks, was enthralled but he saw.
Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters December 20, 2019.