For a while now (since at least late last year) Kevin Smith has been talking about a project that brings together two of my personal favorite things — his writing and the game of hockey. And seeing as I’m still buzzing from the Team USA win over Team Canada last night at the Olympics, now is a perfect time to talk about Mr. Smith and Hit Somebody once again.
News is coming in from NHL.com saying that Smith revealed to them that he is gearing up Hit Somebody, which is based on the popular Warren Zevon song (with lyrics from Mitch Albom), and he already has his first cast member. Smith said that Seann William Scott, who stars in his upcoming film Cop Out, will play Buddy, the title character. Buddy’s story is that of a hockey enforcer type who strives to score just one goal. According to Smith, this will be Scott’s big chance: “He’s always dismissed as Stifler,” he explained. This is his chance to shine.”
Containing my excitement for a Kevin Smith written and directed movie about hockey is difficult, as it feels like the movie Kevin Smith was born to make (besides Clerks, of course). Scott is also a good choice, as he has the charisma. The only lingering question is how Smith plans to flesh out the story. Telling the tale of an enforcer who just wants to score one goal (a la former Columbus Blue Jackets enforcer Jody Shelley, who never scored.. ever.) is one thing, but that won’t make for an entire 90 minute movie. Will there be a love interest? A cancer subplot? Some sort of mystical old person who guides him? I anxiously await the answers…
See if you can glean any potential plot points from the song, which I’ve embedded below.