Tara surprises the shit out of me with what might end up being both the best surprises and best gifts I have ever gotten. She purchased us two tickets for the Radio City screening for my Valentines Day present... wow. This is super cool because not only did she remember how much I wanted to go, but she would endure what was sure to be a "Mike acting like a total fanboy & film geek" night. That takes a lot of patience. That's why I appreciate this gift so much (Love ya Taaa!). Anywho, lets get to the actual night of the film.
Smith came out to tell a short story about how this movie is a labor of love for him 3 & 1/2 years in the making. He also brought out co-producer Jon Gordon out, who has helped Smith get the movie made. They brought out Gordon's dad because it was his 70th birthday and had the crowd sing "Happy Birthday" to him. Very cool... then the movie began. Wow...
After the film concluded, Smith came out and said a few words. One of the coolest things he pointed out was that he started shooting Red State on Sept 21st 2010, and just 6th short months later he was sitting at the 1st public screening of the film (which is a miracle by modern Hollywood's normal timetable). He then brought out the people who would be joining him for the Q&A. Wow. This was a testament to how his actors felt about him and the success of this film. He was joined by: Mellisa Leo, John Goodman, Stephen Root, Ralph Garman, Nicholas Braun, Michael Angarano, Kerry Bishe, and his wife Jennifer Swchwalbach (who also has a part in the movie). Basically, everyone of importance except Parks. Smith explained the stars absence as a case of Parks not being a good flyer. He couldn't drive to NYC in time, and they couldn't get him on a flight. No worries... there were more then enough stars up there to aid Smith. I got up to join the line to ask a question, and the Q&A began.
The evening ended with a bit of a sad note. As I got up to the mic ready to ask my question (I waited for an hour!!!!) Smith thanked everybody and wrapped up the show. I was literally standing at the mic. I was next!!!!!!! God damn!!!!!!! I know it can't go on forever, but I can't help but say "Fuck You" to the retards who wasted time babbling and not asking any real questions. I had a good one to. I planned on saying that I was a huge Kevin Smith fan for a long time, was going to point out my very cool Count Cockula T Shirt that I got from Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash Comic Shop in NJ, and then ask my question. I wanted to know how Smith chooses the actors he has worked with on his last few films. The reason I wanted to know is because in his first 5 or 6 movies he used alot of the same people (Affleck, Lee, etc) and in his last couple he has made some interesting choices. I love that he used Angarano for Red State (Honestly, Gentleman Broncos is one of my faves!!!) and his choice of Tracy Morgan for Cop Out was another interesting one. Also, Goodman as the saviour cop & Parks as the Pastor were two choices I wanted to know about. It would have been great to ask him. Well, better luck next time I guess. Not the end of the world... (tear).