According to ComicBook.com on Saturday, in a podcast featuring AMC’s “Comic Book Men’s” Kevin Smith, along with co-host Ralph Garman, a listener had written in about Smith’s invitation by J.J. Abrams to come on the set of “Star Wars 7.” It was in regards to Abrams not allowing his co-host Garman to join Smith on the set, which does bring up Abrams’ intention to allowing only one member of the podcast into the forbidden area.
The listener seemed to indicate that Abrams just wanted a limited amount of “eyes” on the set or there was an implication by the fan that Abrams had bigger things going on for Smith. Garman’s response was that of displaying a photo of Smith photo-shopped into the cockpit of an X-Wing Fighter where the only reaction from the “Comic Book Men’s” star was that of laughter. Smith was rather tight-lipped about his involvement when invited onto the set.
Smith did not comment one way or another about being on set or whether or not if he would even cameo in the film. It does seem both Garman and Smith played it off as a joke, but it does raise certain questions with even Garman’s involvement. For instance, one may think that Abrams had Garman sign an NDA agreement and also let him on the set as well.
Of course, Abrams has always been secretive about the movie for quite some time, but does occasional make posts online when it comes to indirect or direct references to the film. For instance, Abrams posted a picture on Twitter with a note pinned to what appeared to be a game board synonymous of the first “Star Wars” film. The scene with the holographic creatures as play pieces as Chewbacca takes on R2-D2 and is advised to “always let the Wookie win.” Another post showed a robotic hand that was only rumored to be an appendage of a Sith Inquisitor.
Something notable is that during Smith’s appearance at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con he had talked about his experience and mentioned that when Abrams invited him to the set that the director may had inadverntantly invited the wrong “Kevin” because they weren’t really tight friends. That being said, Smith decided to confirm this invitation following up with Abrams identifying himself as the director of the “Clerks” movie and within around 10 minutes Abrams emailed him back saying, “Oh f**k!.” Needless to say, Smith wasn’t cancelled and was still allowed on the set regardless.
“Star Wars 7” is scheduled to open in theaters come Dec. 18, 2015.