After Maleficent was a huge hit last summer (rightfully so!),
Recent news indicates that Kevin Smith and his team are returning to the mall for a Mallrats sequel. The original film, derided by most, is still a cult classic in some circles. Here are 11 facts about the film and its production you may not have known… (and here are more facts about Kevin Smith)
1. It may be hard to figure out what’s on Brodie’s (Jason Lee) shirt, and that’s because it’s a meld of the three actors who auditioned for the role of Brodie and didn’t get it.
2. According to Kevin Smith, another actor auditioned for, and eventually received, the lead role of Brodie. On the first day of shooting his scenes, the unnamed actor “broke down” and was unable to give the same performance that had earned him the role. The actor was then replaced by Jason Lee.
3. Orginally, Stan Lee was not going to have a cameo in the movie. Kevin Smith had written a fictional Stan Lee-type character but through a connection Stan Lee was asked to be in the movie and agreed.
4. Stan Lee can be seen looking to his left or right repeatedly while talking with Brodie. This is so he can see his cue cards – not being a trained actor, memorizing lines was very difficult for him. Jeremy London, on the other hand, despite being an experienced actor, forgot his lines repeatedly.
5. The studio forced Kevin Smith to take auditions for Jay, who was played by Jason Mewes in Clerks. Breckin Meyer and even Seth Green auditioned for the part, but it was all window dressing as everyone agreed Mewes was the man for the part.
6. In real life, the elevator that Brodie and Rene have sex in has glass doors, covered up for the film so the people outside couldn’t see in.
7. Heather Graham auditioned for a role in this film. Reese Witherspoon had a meeting with the casting director, Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier, but both Smith and Mosier didn’t enjoy the meeting and told the casting director not to bother to bring her in for an audition. Smith details this meeting in his book, Silent Bob Speaks.
8. In the scene where Jay and Silent Bob are hiding in the bookstore, Bob is reading Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema by John Pierson. The book contains numerous interviews and writings by Kevin Smith.
9. It was filmed in Minnesota, just down the road from Fargo which was being filmed at the same time.
10. If you pay attention to the use of Brodie’s hand after his ‘stink palm’ stunt on Svenning, not only does he touch Quint, Tricia, Jay, and Gil Hick’s shoulders with it, he also touches comics at the flea market, his other hand as well as his face at the psychic, punches Roddy and Hamilton with it, holds the microphone with it, and also stink palms his hero, Stan Lee. Twice.
11. Brodie’s comic book collection seen in the movie was actually director Kevin Smith’s collection at the time. The collection is what Smith was able to purchase back after selling his original collection to finance production of Clerks.