Kevin Smith Reunites With Estranged Friend Ben Affleck: It ‘Brought Back A Massive Missing Piece Of My Heart’

Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck have long had an estranged relationship, but finally reunited on the set of “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”.

Affleck reprises his role as Holden McNeil in Smith’s upcoming film. Smith shared a selfie with Affleck and co-star Jason Mewes on Friday. “‘When the trailer for ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ dropped, folks found out a few of our secrets. One of the biggest being that Ben Affleck is back as Holden McNeil!”

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“[He] plays a crucial role in the Reboot and his scene is one of the best bits of cinema I’ve ever been involved with,” Smith continued. “It’s absolutely magical and life-affirming and all the things I really care about now, post-heart attack.”

The reunion occurred after reporter Kevin McCarthy asked Affleck if he was involved in the “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”. Affleck said “no,” but he was available. Producer Jordan Monsanto reached out to Smith and had him call Affleck. Smith was confident, “That’s just some nice s**t to say at a junket. He wasn’t serious.”‘

Smith eventually relented and reached out to Affleck. He likened himself to the “sad old King Osric” from Conan the Barbarian in a text message sent to Affleck. “Of course you still liken yourself to a king,” Affleck jokingly replied. “Would be a pleasure to see you again, Old Man.”

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MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK! When the trailer for @jayandsilentbob Reboot dropped (link in my bio), folks found out a few of our secrets – one of the biggest being that @benaffleck is back as Holden McNeil! The co-creator of #bluntmanandchronic and friend of #jayandsilentbob plays a crucial role in the Reboot and his scene is one of the best bits of cinema I’ve ever been involved with: it’s absolutely magical and life-affirming and all the things I really care about now, post-heart attack. But when we started shooting the movie, the scene didn’t exist. This scene – and more importantly, my reunion with a guy who I’ve missed terribly for nearly a decade – only happened because of @kevinmccarthytv. Kev interviewed Ben for his @netflix movie #triplefrontier and kicked off by asking Ben “Did they call you for Reboot yet?” And Ben said no, but he was available. So producer @jordanmonsanto said “Call Ben.” I told her “That’s just some nice shit to say at a junket. He wasn’t serious.” A week later, Jordan, @jaymewes and @jenschwalbach we’re all pressing me to reach out to Ben, so I finally did. I was scared to be rejected, but I texted him “To paraphrase the sad old King Osric in CONAN THE BARBARIAN? ‘There comes a time when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a director’s love for the people he used to make pretend with.’” And after a long beat of wondering how he’d receive this, my estranged friend wrote back as only he could: “Of course you still liken yourself to a king,” he joked. And then “Would be a pleasure to see you again, Old Man.” So naturally, weepy me – who breaks down emotionally during comic book flicks – was a blubbery mess. Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back – all because of entertainment journalism. Thank you, #kevinmccarthytv – your #viewaskew themed opening question not only allowed me to make an 8 page sequel to #chasingamy in the middle of #JayAndSilentBobReboot, it also brought back a massive missing piece of my heart. #KevinSmith #benaffleck #JasonMewes #reunited #comiccon #holdenmcneil

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Smith confessed he “was a blubbery mess” when Affleck agreed to meet him. “Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back,” Smith wrote. “All because of entertainment journalism. Thank you, Kevin McCarthy.”

“Not only allowed me to make an eight-page sequel to ‘Chasing Amy’ in the middle of ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’,” Smith concluded. “It also brought back a massive missing piece of my heart.”

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