Kevin Smith has officially signed on to direct ‘Tusk’, a film about a man who gets stranded on a desert island, befriends a walrus, and after being rescued misses the walrus so much he hires someone to come to his house and dress like a walrus.
Initially, everyone thought that Smith was joking when he revealed that he would be taking on this directing assignment but now, in some recent interviews, Smith has gone on record about the film.
Smith said ” It was written for Michael Parks, who I loved in Red State. That was one of the best times I ever had my career, sitting on a set, rolling a camera on a true f–king genius, who is pretending to be somebody else and I forgot who the real guy is because his performance is so good. I wrote the script around him, so it’s nothing but Michael Parks dialogue porn. Justin Long is the guy in the walrus suit. I needed a guy who has expressive eyes because once you’re in that suit, you’re covered. I reached out to Justin and he wrote back and was like, “This is awfully scary but how can we not? Let’s fall down this hole.” So it’ll be Parks versus Long trying to answer the age-old question, “Is man indeed a walrus at heart?” It’s a f–ked up movie, dude.”
And later went on to say, ” We start Oct. 21. And I think Tusk will be an ivory bridge, if you will, to Clerks III. I finished up the script [for Clerks] in May or June, but the timetable is pretty tough because the budget is larger. Tusk is a moveable feast at like $2 million and change, so it was way more nimble to put that together. Tusk was just something to do while waiting for news back on Clerks III. Suddenly, people were like, “Really? A human walrus? That sounds f–ked up.” It suddenly took pole position. Then I started going, “Look, I do this, it’s going to make Clerks III even easier to do. I can warm up for Clerks III. It’s been a couple of years. Maybe I need some warmup pitches. But you definitely will see Tusk before you’ll see Clerks III. And if I have my way, you’ll see Tusk up in Sundance in January.”
Originally, Smith had mentioned that he wanted Tarantino to appear as the walrus. I’m intrigued to see how Justin Long pulls of this performance. Long is one of those performers that has a surprisingly wide range, and yet it rarely given opportunities to explore it. He always ends up playing the same three types of roles.