Dante and Randall they were sure They’re supposed to be here today, but now they’re ‘too old for this transformation’ in the long-awaited trailerthird clerks.“
This first part, of course, references protagonist Dante Hicks and his “He wasn’t supposed to be here today” line from “Clerks,” the 1994 independent film that made the Jersey director Kevin Smith Hollywood talent.
The second part is the tone-adjusting logo for “Clerks III” – the movie watching Dante (Brian O’Halloranand fellow store clerk Randall Graves.Jeff Anderson) again at Quick Stop after 28 years.
Like a debut movie, this movie is a Super Jersey affair.
“It’s going to save this country,” Smith enthused in….trailer….for the trailer, which was released on Wednesday.
In Clerks III, which Lionsgate will release in theaters this fall, Dante and Randal meet the defining moment that launched Smith’s career–the decision to make a movie where he worked–Quick Stop.
Smith’s story, inspired by a heart attack, begins with Randall (Anderson) having a health event at the store. Dante calls an ambulance and saves his life, but this makes Randall wish he “had a life worth saving” – he just sits and watches “the same movies, over and over again”.
“I always thought you could have made a great movie,” Dante says.
What is it about? Work at Quick Stop of course.
Smith’s rated pop culture duo may be much older than they were when they first committed their banter in 1993, but he promises that they still have that boredom-defying spark.
“Everything in this script is what I or someone I know said,” Randall says in the trailer, standing back to Smith.
Even our favorite font is clearly visible, as reported by regular Smith users Ben Affleck And the Fred Armisen On trials for the movie Randall: “I’m not supposed to be here today.”
The trailer for the 1999 Lit song “My Own Worst Enemy” is set. Meanwhile, there are 2022 updates, like Tinder signals.
king of jersey Michel Putao She can also be seen in the trailer, along with another regular Smith, Justin Long.
The 1994 black-and-white comedy about a day in the life of Jersey store clerks, patrons, and randoms charmed the Sundance Film Festival and became a prized classic as it was added to the National Film Registry in 2019. “Clerks” is also the film that introduced Smith’s View Askewniverse, a series From New Jersey films including “Mallrats” (1995) and “Chasing Amy” (1997).
As with “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” the latest View Askewniverse movie, it takes Clerks III on the road to “Third Scribes: Rest Tour. The director will host screenings followed by question-and-answer sessions. The first 19 dates of the film’s tour are on sale today, and the timing of the trailer’s release.
The tour begins September 4 at the Basie Center in Red Bank.
More tour dates will be announced later this month during Comic-Con in San Diego, where Smith will share the first five minutes of “Clerks III.”
Unlike “Clerks II” and “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” Clerks III was filmed in New Jersey. So yeah, this is the actual Leonardo quick stop (a changing storefront in New Orleans was the real thing in “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”). As Smith said before filming began, it was either a jersey or a bust.
“Our only budget is New Jersey,” the writer, actor, and director told NJ Advance Media last year.
Nearly three decades after Smith enabled the convenience store to be honored in American film canon, the director, teasing the film on social media, called the spot “the convenience store near downtown Jersey where the ’90s never ended.” !”
Smith, 51, remembered more as the trailer came into view, remembering how the Quick Stop steel shutters in the movie were always pulled not because they were stuck, but because he had to shoot most of the movie at night or early in the morning when the store was closed.
Since the appearance of “Clerks II” in 2006, the Red Bank native, who grew up in the Highlands, has pursued many other projects in film and television. But he never gave up on “Clerks III” despite a long creative process and more than one hitch.
“Clerks III” has been in the works for years, starting with a different script but was put on hold due to a feud between Smith and Anderson, who wanted more money than he was being offered to return as Randall. Inspired by the 2018 heart attack that changed his life, Smith wrote a new script (complete with a scene in which he was insulted after learning he would have to go pantsless for medical care) and reconciled with Anderson, who signed on to the project in 2019.
The returning cast, including “Clerks” originals O’Halloran and Anderson, both 52 years old, also naturally features everyone’s favorite Jersey Stoner duo, with Smith himself as Silent Bob and Jason Muse48, as Jay.
In the trailer’s early moments, Jay dances outside the Quick Stop in a Devils jersey.
“That’s how we did it in the ’90s, son!” He says in the first line after the scenes of a hockey game on the rooftop of the store – another callback to the original.
“Jay and Silent Bob are like C3PO and R2D2,” Randall explains. “They’ve been here since the first movie which was the last time they were great, but they’ve been with the franchise for a long time, and they still give them cameos and put them in their lunch boxes.”
Perhaps because cannabis is now legal in Jersey, the stones light up a giant joint at the end of the trailer—they’re so big that they hold them in four hands.
“I think he needs more weeds,” Jay says.
Speaking of callbacks, Randall tries to deliver a scene in his movie where Dante is murdered in Act Three after being fatally shot — a nod to that other ending Smith cuts off from the Clerks.
“What if there is a sequel?” Dante asks.
“sequel?” Randall says. “What am I, hack?”
Smith was filmed in Leonardo and Red Bank last summer with the return of Rosario Dawson as Becky and Trevor Furman as Elias. Both characters are from the movie “Clerks II” set in Mooby’s fictional fast food restaurant.
Smith made Mooby a reality in Los Angeles and in 2020 and 2021, he brought the pop-up restaurant to Jersey, among other places. The Red Bank Mooby’s – which opened inside Gianni’s pizzeria – plays a role in the film.
like that Austin ZagorSmith’s daughter’s friend, actor Harley Quinn Smith. Zagor, who plays a character named Blockchain Coltrane in “Clerks III,” previously appeared with Smith on the TBS “Celebrity Show-Off” “Son-in-Lockdown” graphics series.
The director lives in Los Angeles but is never far from Jersey, whether because he is a frequent visitor or because he hosts a local event (usually both). Smith, owner of comic book store Red Bank Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, has also converted the space adjacent to Leonardo’s old Quick Stop and RST Video into Smodcastle, the podcast theater where it hosts the first Smodcastle Film Festival from August 17 through 21.
Smith has been teasing dropping the “Clerks III” trailer for about a week now, and releases at least one movie poster per day. You can see every show—usually Dante, Dante and Randal, or Quick Stop in some form—in Smith’s Instagram posts above and below.
Smith, O’Halloran, Anderson, and Mewes are participating in a sponsored chat live on Instagram now, starting Wednesday noon ET, July 6 – today – at instagram.com/thatkevinsmith.
“Third Scribes: Rest TourStarts September 4 at the Basie Center (The Count Basie Center for the Arts) in Red Bank; visit thebasie.org/events/clerks-iii-the-convenience-tour for tickets, $30 to $79.
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