A new incarnation of Bluntman and Chronic will be at odds in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, portrayed by Val Kilmer and Melissa Benoist, and filmmaker Kevin Smith has analyzed the former Dynamic Duo's falling out.
In a video featurette by Vanity Fair, Smith expands and breaks down a previously teased scene with Kilmer and Benoist's characters battling each other in the Bluntcave. Smith observes that Chronic catching a gas grenade fired by Bluntman mirrored a similar scene he directed in an episode of Supergirl with Benoist while also noting that the cave itself was largely made via CG. While Tommy Chong is also present during the fight scene, Smith admitted none of the three actors were actually on set together during filming.
Smith also revealed that Val Kilmer approached him to film a potential cameo for the sequel, though a recent medical condition made him unable to speak. With that in mind, Smith decided to cast Kilmer as the Silent Bob analogue, Bluntman, while honoring his past performance as the Dark Knight in Batman Forever.
Smith's own daughter, Harley, appears as the long-lost daughter of Jay, seen in the scene watching the film-within-a-film in between the eponymous duo. With Smith lampooning Hollywood's trend of making sequels, reboots and remakes of popular films by making one himself, the fan-favorite filmmaker has come full circle.
Directed by and starring Smith, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot also stars Jason Mewes along with appearances by Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brian O'Halloran, Val Kilmer, Melissa Benoist, Jason Biggs and Fred Armisen. The film arrives in theaters on October 15.