The comic "Bluntman and Chronic" is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation, they set out to wreck the movie.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Online
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a tale of adventure on the open road. When Dante and Randal (of Clerks fame) get a restraining order to keep the punchy Jay and his hetero life-mate, Silent Bob, from selling drugs in front of the Quick Stop convenience store, their lives are suddenly empty. They find new purpose when their friend, Brodie, informs them a movie is being made featuring two infamous characters based on their likenesses. After visiting one of the creators of the Bluntman and Chronic, Holden McNeil, they set out to get what fat movie cash they deserve and hopefully put an end to people slandering them on the Internet. Along the way, they learn the rules of the road from a hitchhiking George Carlin, ride with a group of gorgeous jewel thieves, and incur the wrath of a hapless wildlife marshal for liberating an orangutan named Suzanne. The quest takes them from New Jersey to Hollywood where a showdown involving the police, the jewel thieves, and the Bluntman and Chronic ...
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Kevin Smith||-||Silent Bob|
|Ben Affleck||-||Holden McNeil / Ben Affleck|
|Jeff Anderson||-||Randal Graves|
|Brian O'Halloran||-||Dante Hicks (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)|
|Jennifer Schwalbach Smith||-||Missy (as Jennifer Schwalbach)|
|Will Ferrell||-||Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly|
|Jason Lee||-||Brodie Bruce / Banky Edwards|
|Seann William Scott||-||Brent|
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon mention that one reason to do a film is because they owe the director a favor. It was writer and director Kevin Smith who brought the script of Good Will Hunting - Der gute Will Hunting (1997) to the attention of producer Harvey Weinstein at Miramax.
The voice of Scooby-Doo was provided by Mark Hamill.
Baby Silent Bob was played by Harley Quinn Smith, daughter of Kevin Smith.
Because Ben Affleck reprised his role as Holden from Chasing Amy (1997), Kevin Smith had originally wanted to cast different actors to play Affleck and Matt Damon in the Good Will Hunting - Der gute Will Hunting (1997) spoof. Smith first considered casting Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, then Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans, before finally deciding to cast Affleck and Damon as themselves.
The word "fuck" is used two hundred forty-eight times.
This is the fifth film in Kevin Smith's intricately interconnected View Askewniverse series (the first four being Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), and Dogma (1999)). The movies are all linked by characters, themes, and events, and each contains numerous references to the others. The sixth part of the series is Clerks II (2006).
Kevin Smith was originally highly reluctant to do a Jay and Silent Bob solo film, believing that the characters couldn't carry a film. Positive reaction to Jay and Silent Bob's cameo in Scream 3 (2000) changed his mind.
This was the first film in which Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill had appeared together since Die Rückkehr der Jedi-Ritter (1983). Apparently, neither of them knew the other was in the film until a few weeks after shooting had been completed.
Heather Graham was originally offered Shannon Elizabeth's role, but she turned it down because she couldn't figure out why her character would fall in love with Jay.
The name of one of Jay and Silent Bob's online critic, "Magnolia-Fan", was inspired by a feud on the View Askew website's message board. After Kevin Smith posted a strongly negative review of Magnolia (1999), fans of Paul Thomas Anderson swarmed the board and criticized Smith.
On his podcast "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old", Kevin Smith went on at length about how much of a headache this movie was, mostly owing to Jason Mewes' drug and alcohol abuse turning him into a "ticking time bomb" which threatened to shut the project down at any moment. During pre-production, Mewes would have constant mood swings due to heroin withdrawal, to the point that Smith actually threw him out of his car on their way to the set one day. Mewes would compensate for his lack of drugs by drinking heavily after every day of shooting and nearly got into a fist fight with Scott Mosier when he had to come back one night for a re-shoot while drunk (Mewes later said that he was too intoxicated to remember anything that happened during production). When the shoot wrapped, Smith told Mewes point-blank to get sober or he'd never speak to him again. This is partially why he eventually decided to do Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot (2018), because he wanted to have better memories working with Mewes than he did on this film.
At one point, Seth Green was considered to play "Jay" in the movie-within-a-movie which Jay and Bob are trying to stop. This is an inside joke. Gramercy Pictures didn't want Jason Mewes to reprise his role as Jay in Mallrats (1995), and, up until the first day of shooting, tried to replace him with Green.
According to Kevin Smith, the film was intended as a controversy-free comedy in response to his previous film, the controversy-plagued Dogma (1999). He did not succeed, having raised the ire of gay rights activists over its gay jokes. Smith, in his DVD commentary, denies that his humor was intended as insulting.
Shannon Elizabeth (Justice) came up with the idea for her character to wear glasses because she said that "Justice is blind".
The fictitious website "Movie Poop Shoot" is a major plot point. Movie Poop Shoot existed as an actual website before the film's release. A parody of film websites, the site contained inflammatory posts toward "Bluntman and Chronic Strike Back" which were later read in the movie (including the immortal "Fuck Jay and Silent Bob, fuck them up their stupid asses"). The thread ends with Jay's "You are the ones who are the ball-lickers." The false site also served as the home of the internet-only trailers for the film. Movie Poop Shoot has recently been converted into a bona fide website, containing news and columns about movies, comic books, and music.
Shannon Elizabeth originally read for a minor role, but so impressed Kevin Smith that he decided to cast her in the lead.
When the jewel thieves get their pizza, the name of the pizza place is "Joe's Marvelous Pizza". The man delivering the pizza is Joe Quesada, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics.
Tracy Morgan's drug dealer character was originally unnamed. Morgan came up with the character's name, "Pumpkin Escobar", the day they filmed the scene. Morgan also came up with the idea of Escobar's sidekick Scott, reasoning that if his character was the West Coast Jay, he should have a West Coast Silent Bob.
Salma Hayek was originally going to reprise her role as Serendipity the muse from Dogma (1999), working on the Miramax lot. However, due to scheduling conflicts, she had to drop out. There is a painting of her at the start of the Scream 3 (2000) spoof instead.
Alanis Morissette's appearance marks one of the few times in movie history where an actress or actor appears for the first time in the movie after being listed in the end credits.
Kevin Smith's fan base is so loyal that during the theatrical run of Scary Movie 2 (2001), many people bought tickets for the film simply to see the trailer for this film. After the trailer ran, many moviegoers left the theater.
Originally, Kevin Smith wanted Quentin Tarantino to appear in the film as himself as the director of "Bluntman and Chronic Strike Back" in one of the earlier drafts of the script. Then-current Miramax chairman Harvey Weinstein was to appear as himself too.
Jason Mewes came up with the idea for "puffing" on the "Blunt Saber" during the fight with Cocknocker.
Silent Bob speaks a total of 102 words.
The film originally received an NC-17 rating. Numerous scenes had to be cut down for an R, including footage of George Carlin, and Jay and Silent Bob's arrival to Hollywood.
Kevin Smith gave Eliza Dushku the nickname "Duck Shoot" during production after accidentally mispronouncing her last name.
The voice of the security guard on the other end of the radio used by Diedrich Bader is Ben Affleck.
At the end of the movie, characters are seen coming out of the El Rey after having seen "Bluntman and Chronic", and Jay invites them to the concert across the street. In fact, the El Rey in Los Angeles is a concert venue, not a movie theater, and the performance by Morris Day & The Time was filmed in the El Rey.
Kevin Smith originally wanted Howard Shore to compose the score, as they had a good time working together on the score for Dogma (1999). Shore, however, was committed to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and was unavailable. Producer Scott Mosier then suggested James L. Venable to be the composer because of his work on Clerks (2000), and they wanted the film to be "a big cartoon of a movie".
In an effort to drive up the box-office gross for his film, Kevin Smith gave away autographed mini-posters to all fans that sent in ticket stubs, indicating they went to see it on August 24, or 25, 2001.
Jay's and Pumpkin Escobar's dealer union cards are signed by Kevin Smith as President, and Jason Mewes as Secretary of the International Fellowship of Marijuana Distributors, Crack-Cocaine Wholesaler, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada.
Kevin Smith originally wanted Matthew Lillard and Freddie Prinze, Jr. to be the stars of the fictitious Bluntman and Chronic movie, because, at that point, they had starred in several Miramax films together. Lillard and Prinze passed on the project, choosing to do Scooby-Doo (2002) instead.
Mark Hamill plays Bluntman and Chronic's villain, Cocknocker. Bluntman and Chronic is a reference to Batman and Robin, especially when Cocknocker calls Bluntman, Hemp Knight (a play on Dark Knight). Mark Hamill provided the voice of Batman's villain The Joker in the animated television series.
Jay is wearing a "Berserker" t-shirt with the image of Olaf, the Russian metalhead from Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994). "Berserker" was the song Olaf was singing.
At an estimated $22 million, it's the most expensive of the View Askew films, with Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994) being the least expensive.
As the characters exit the El Rey theater at the end of the movie, the poster for "Bussing", a movie for which Kevin Smith has scripted, but as of yet not made, can be seen behind Justice and Willenholly just before the camera whip pans to Jay.
Cocknocker's "saber" was actually a vibrator.
The original plot involved Jay and Silent Bob trying to save their beloved Quick Stop.
Jay asks Jason Biggs if he really got with Shannon Elizabeth, referring to American Pie: Wie ein Heisser Apfelkuchen (1999). They both were in this movie, Elizabeth in a bigger role as Justice, and Biggs as "Movie Silent Bob".
Brodie's comic book store, "Brodie's Secret Stash", is a slightly altered version of Kevin Smith's real-life comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. The store featured in the film was a location in California that closed in the mid 2000s.
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (Missy), one of the jewel thieves, is Kevin Smith's real-life wife, making her film debut. Several scenes of her making out with Ali Larter (Chrissy) were cut for time, not due to their content.
The canyon setting for the diner scene is the same location used for the filming of many episodes of Raumschiff Enterprise (1966), most notably season one, episode eighteen, "Arena", where Kirk fights the Gorn, the giant green lizard. As a further homage to that episode, the diner in the scene has a sign over the door which identifies it as "The Arena Diner". The location, Vasquez Rocks, has been used as a setting for many scenes in movies and television shows.
When Jay and Silent Bob are running from the guards on the Miramax lot, they knock over a man in a Daredevil costume. Kevin Smith was a writer on "Daredevil" for Marvel Comics, and later even appeared in Daredevil (2003).
When the van thought (by Jay) to contain Justice blows up, the music in the background says (in a Latin chant-style) "Justice is dead... or so Jay thinks".
When Chrissy (Ali Larter) pulls a knife on Jay (Jason Mewes), he says "What's with the knife, we havin' cake or something?" This line was originally written for the train scene in Dogma (1999).
Holden's summarization of Silent Bob's feelings towards Jay were improvised by Ben Affleck on-set. Silent Bob's nodding was Kevin Smith's genuine reaction, and approval for a possible thought tracking for Bob from Ben.
The phrase "Fuck Jay and Silent Bob. Fuck them up their stupid asses" became so popular that it was used in just about every talkback on Ain't It Cool News (Such as "Fuck 'Osama bin Laden.' Fuck him up his stupid ass.")
In the sequence where Jay is imagining a world where super evolved monkeys annihilate the human race, there is a line that says: "In this world gone mad we won't spank the monkey, the monkey will spank us". This is a reference to the popular "In Soviet Russia" joke, popularized by Yakov Smirnoff, where a statement is reversed. As Jay says this, the movie shows Randal (from Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994)) getting shot by monkeys while wearing a CCCP (Soviet Union) hockey jersey.
Right as Chaka is about to direct the "Bluntman and Chronic" movie he says "let's roll with the new". "Roll With The New" is the name of Chris Rock's 1997 album.
The image or marquee above "Brodie's Secret Stash" has the character holding a white "Dixie" cup. In the entire scene inside the comic shop, Brodie never puts down a white "Dixie" cup.
David Duchovny originally called Kevin Smith, and told him that he wanted the role of "Cocknocker". Smith gave him the role, but unfortunately when it was time to start shooting, Duchovny was already filming Evolution (2001), and could not make it. Mark Hamill was then brought in as his replacement.
The catsuits the jewel thieves wear during their heist are inspired by the outfits worn by Black Widow and Black Cat in their respective Marvel comic books.
Will Ferrell's character Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly is a nod to the television series Im Land der Saurier (1974), where the three main characters were named Marshall, Will, and Holly. Ferrell starred in Die fast vergessene Welt (2009).
The Buddy Christ from Dogma (1999) can be seen on the dashboard of the car Carrie Fisher is driving.
For the posters and DVD cover of this movie, the production company simply re-used Chris Rock's promotional photo from Dogma (1999).
Although Randal and Dante are not the last characters featured in the film, they were the last two characters filmed when production wrapped. Kevin Smith felt at the time of this movie's production that he should end the series with the two characters that started it. Smith had since reopened the saga of the Askewniverse, with Clerks II (2006).
Bob Schreck makes a cameo as an assistant to Gus Van Sant on the set of Good Will Hunting II: Hunting Season. Schreck worked with Kevin Smith as editor on Kevin's Green Arrow run, and as co-publisher of his Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob comics at Oni Press.
Cast members Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, and Shannon Elizabeth filmed this movie around the same time as American Pie 2 (2001).
In his own words in An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002), "Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi was not the first choice for Justice's intro. Kevin Smith wanted to use "Most Beautiful Girl" by Prince. Prince declined but allowed the music by Morris Day and The Time to be used.
The high amount of profanity caused some challenges for those hired to translate the film into other languages. In the DVD release, the word "merde" (which means "shit") is substituted for "fuck" in the French language soundtrack.
Selma Blair was considered for the role of Justice.
Features two actors who would later potray Batman: Diedrich Bader (Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)) and Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016)).
On the Hollywood lot, right after Jay and Silent Bob escape the security guard, they poke their heads around a truck, and the first thing visible is what appears to be Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. White, and a bloody Mr. Orange, the cop from Reservoir Dogs - Wilde Hunde (1992).
Charlie Sheen was reportedly offered the role of Marshal Willenholly, but he turned it down because he couldn't get a grasp on the character.
The Bluntcave set design was inspired by the Batcave from Batman (1966). Design elements include the Atomic Pile, and all the consoles and racks with extremely oversized signs indicating function or the item.
When Jay and Silent Bob enter the Good Will Hunting II: Hunting Season movie set, the girl standing in front of Jay is wearing a cardigan sweater, which is identical to the one worn by Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski (1998).
In Auf der Flucht (1993), when U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard shows his badge to local authorities, he rips the protective cover off from his left chest area on his jacket, (occuring twenty one minutes into the film), which is exactly what Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly does when asked by local authorities who he is, (it occuring forty two minutes into the film).
Right after Jay throws Brent from the van, we see Justice reading a schematic that has "Colorado Diamond" written on it in red sharpie marker.
Another reference to The Fugitive (1993), the name of lab that Jay and Silent Bob break into beside the diamond exchange is Provasik. Provasik is the name of the drug that Harrison Ford's doctor character in The Fugitive does liver tissue test samples for just before he is framed for murdering his wife.
Allison Janney was considered to play the Nun, but she was too busy with The West Wing: Im Zentrum der Macht (1999). So Carrie Fisher was cast instead.
The post on Movie Poop Chute that says, "They're real people and very stupid", was written by Darth Randal, a reference to the character from Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994).
As of January 21, 2019 no trivia had been added to this cult classic movie's IMDB page after nearly 18 years.
Seann William Scott and Ali Larter both starred in Final Destination (2000).
Kevin Smith: [comic books] Names of the security guards at Miramax are all references to comic book characters, including Gordon (James Gordon, Gotham City Police Commissioner), Shaw (Sebastian and Shinobi Shaw, members of the Hellfire club), and Akins (another Gotham City Commissioner).
Kevin Smith: [Jaws] Numerous references to Der weiße Hai (1975).