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Kevin Smith asks ‘Cop Out’ co-star to ‘Hit Somebody’



It pays to be an NHL.com reporter when you are sitting down in front of director Kevin Smith. The avid hockey fan might just reveal a choice casting nugget while promoting his latest film.

That’s what happened when “Cop Out” director Smith was interviewed yesterday by NHL.com staff writer Adam Kimelman, who reports that Seann William Scott – who has a supporting role in Smith’s buddy-cop flick – will play the lead role in Smith’s planned hockey project, “Hit Somebody.” The story, based on a Warren Zevon song, follows a hockey goon who dreams of scoring at least one goal in a game.

“Seann, for me, was the key into the character,” Smith said to NHL.com. “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 this movie, he’s pitch perfect. He is that guy.”

It’s unclear when Smith’s hockey film would begin production. He’s still working on the “Hit Somebody” script, and has entertained the idea of filming another project – the horror film “Red State” – that he once described as “bleak and disturbing.” In the meantime, “Cop Out” hits theaters Friday, Feb. 26.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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