Kevin Smith pulls Seann William Scott off the bench for Hit Somebody

source: nhl.com

Kevin Smith has revealed that Seann William Scott will star in his next project, the ice hockey comedy Hit Somebody.

The screenplay is based on Warren Zevon’s song of the same name, with lyrics by Mitch Albom, about a hockey enforcer named Buddy who wishes to score just one goal in a game. (By the way, you can listen to the song here.)

Smith recently worked with Scott on his latest film, Cop Out, which opens in the United States this weekend (March 18th in Australia).

The lovably foul-mouthed director spoke to NHL.com about his reasons for choosing Scott for the role of Buddy. “Seann, for me, was the key into the character … I had all the elements in place, and the one thing I was missing was the personality. Generally I like to write to a voice, but I didn’t know who that voice was or what that voice could be. And then after spending all the time with Seann on [Cop Out], he’s pitch perfect. He is that guy.

This dude has something in him that you can just see hangs so well on Buddy. He’s got some pain that’s going to work out well. More importantly he has so much love in his heart. Seann Scott is such an ebullient, happy person who’s just happy to be there. And on [Cop Out] you could see it. On our set the guy is just so delighted to be working, to be making people laugh. But he’s always dismissed as Stifler. ā€¦ This is his chance to shine,” Smith said.

Scott spoke to Coming Soon about his role in Hit Somebody.

“I grew up playing hockey, which is good because the character’s not supposed to be a great player, he’s a great fighter, so it’s a really amazing film. He’s writing it right now and he asked me about a month ago to do it and I’m like ‘for sure.’ I can skate okay, I’ll definitely have to practice… but I can fight,” he said.

Smith has previously described Hit Somebody as “the ‘Forest Gump’ of sports movies, but not in terms of the visual effects, … it takes place through many different eras.”

“It starts in the ’50s and ends in the ’80s, and primarily it’s a big Valentine to the game of hockey, and an even bigger Valentine to Canada. The whole movie is about the game and the land and how they’re one and how only Canada can produce a hockey player. I’ve been a ‘Canadaphile’ for years now, and in terms of influence, it helps to have the writings of Stephen Brunt, the guy who wrote ‘Gretzky’s Tears’ and ‘Search for Bobby Orr,’ stuff like that completely helps fill in the gaps for me not actually being Canadian.”

As regular listeners of Kevin Smith’s weekly podcast (Smodcast) already know, Smith turned to the world of hockey for solace following the disastrous box office reception of his last film Zack and Miri Make A Porno. When the film bombed late 2008, Smith underwent an identity overhaul that included abandoning his beloved Weinstein Brothers (who had released all of his films since Clerks) and heading into the arms of the studio system. His was hired to direct Cop Out by Warner Bros, based on a screenplay by Robb and Marc Cullen. It is the first time Smith has directed a film he didn not write himself.

Although I’m looking forward to Cop Out, it is Smith’s signature voice that makes me excited for his films. Therefore, if Smith is excited about Hit Somebody, then so am I.

Also, I’m more than happy to see Seann William Scott break out of the Stifler-template and deliver a performance with a bit more heart.

Saying that, Scott may indeed be returning to the well for a fourth American Pie film (not including those terrible spin-off sequels).

“I’ve been talking to them about it and there’s a possibility,” he told Empire. “We came up with an awesome idea and I’m kind of at the point where I’m already known as that character forever anyways. As much as I want to do a part like Christoph Waltz in ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ I did ‘American Pie’ three times and then versions of that in ten other movies. If it makes sense and if it makes people laugh than maybe.”

Anyway, Hit Somebody is currently looking for studio backing. I’m sure that we’ll have more news on this following the box office success (or potential failure) of Cop Out. I’m hoping for the former.

Discuss: Kevin Smith – are you happy to see him direct other scripts or do you miss his original screenplays?

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