Just A Minute With: Kevin Smith on "Zack and Miri"

Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:54pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Writer and director Kevin Smith cast a comedian's eye at amateur pornography in his movie "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," which opens on Friday.

It is the eighth feature film directed by Smith, and stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as platonic friends who act in a pornographic film to earn some cash fast.

Smith, 38, started his career with 1994's "Clerks," a black-and-white film about two young men frustrated with their lives as store clerks. Since then, he has enjoyed the support of a passionate fan base that he cultivates with online blog posts and marathon speaking engagements.

He spoke to Reuters about American's attitudes toward sex, his own feelings about porn and his low-budget approach to filmmaking.

Q: A lot of people have problems with pornography because they see it as something addictive and/or corruptive. What do you think about porno?

A: "Porno doesn't put me off. Porno doesn't make me run in an opposite direction. I don't feel filthy about watching it. I don't feel filthy talking about it. It exists. I didn't create porno. If I was the guy who created porno, fine maybe I'd be like, 'Perhaps I'm wrong.'"

Q: Do you think the United States would ever change in ways that people would be more comfortable with sex than violence on screen?

A: "I don't think we'll ever get to that place in this country where they're more comfortable with sex, talking about sex, putting it out in the open. Strange though, because this summer 'Sex and The City' was in theaters. I didn't hear ... about people objecting to that title. It's got the word sex in it. 'Porno,' for some reason, seems to be the final frontier."   Continued...

<p>Kevin Smith, director and writer of the movie "Zack and Miri Make a Porno", poses in Los Angeles October 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>