There is a bulk of awesome people in Hollywood and I love (most of) them. However, Kevin Smith is on a whole different level for me compared to everyone else. Today is his birthday and to celebrate his special day, let's look back on the various ways this man has inspired people of different generations.
Kevin Smith Has Inspired Fandom
When it comes to Kevin Smith, it is said that he has done a lot of awesome things with his life. He has created, directed, and starred in many films, most famously Clerks and Dogma. He has also written an assortment of comic books, has his own podcast network, produces a comic book-centric reality show Comic Book Men, has done speaking tours, and appears on YouTube channels like Screen Junkies talking pop culture.
What is it that makes Kevin Smith such a likable guy? First of all, he has a great personality and it could be argued that he is one of the funniest guys in Hollywood. However, I think what makes him so likable is that he is a fan. He is a man with extraordinary talents and an awesome sense of humor that has taken over the fan community. Just last night at the Suicide Squad premiere in New York City, he and director David Ayer geeked out on each other on the red carpet.
Kevin was also interviewed by Variety where he was asked to reveal his personal opinion of the superhero movie fatigue. His reply shows how Kevin Smith is almost like the leader of the geek community and how awesome he really is.
Look who you're asking. Look how I'm dressed, are you serious? You got me for five minutes and you're going to ask that question? No, they need to make more, dude. I don't care if they're quote unquote bad or something, the more you see the better it is. Like, make it as, as ubiquitous as the western was in the fifties I say, because what's better than little morality tales. Some of them are going to be wonderful, some may be not as wonderful, but let em make them all. There's no such thing as too many of these things.
How Kevin Smith Has Inspired Me
For all of you guys who follow my articles, you probably know that I am one of the younger writers at Movie Pilot as I'm only going into my senior year of high school. The way Kevin Smith has inspired me is a lot different for someone who is older and grew up watching his movies. That's how they discovered Kevin Smith. But I am a part of the next generation that found him in a different way, yet he's still inspired me quite a bit.
I didn't discover Kevin Smith by watching Clerks or Mallrats like most people of the past generation did. I discovered him on Screen Junkies' Movie Fights and after watching him on that show, I instantly fell in love with the man. I quickly became a regular listener of his podcast Fatman on Batman and viewed him as a huge comic book fan who has accomplished his biggest dreams. He even got to direct an episode of The Flash last season. Also, it is rumored that he will get to direct an episode of Arrow this year where he will be able to bring Onomatopoeia — a Green Arrow villain he created when he was writing the comics — to the show.
For someone like myself to see a guy that began as a regular fan accomplish all of these things was just unbelievable and he became one of my biggest role models. Seeing what Kevin Smith had accomplished showed me that with the right mind set you can accomplish your biggest dreams.
After writing one article on Movie Pilot for fun, it was Kevin Smith along with a few other people that inspired to keep on writing and doing what I love. Now, I am a successful writer for the website as I've grossed over a million reads in just under a year. On top of this, I've had some amazing experiences and even had the honor of attending a couple of advanced press screenings — and I haven't even graduated high school yet. I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been inspired by the greatness of Kevin Smith.
Revisit the trailer for the Kevin Smith classic Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back:
Kevin Smith has had a huge impact on the fan community — how has he inspired you guys? Tell me below!