One of the more under-rated writer/directors in Hollywood, Kevin Smith’s latest film, Tusk, is going to be a man with a bit of an obsession for walruses. That’s right: a Kevin Smith walrus movie. something that was influenced by an ad on a British website in which a man was looking for someone to dress up like a walrus. The man says he became good friends with a walrus named Gregory, and later says:
“I have, over the last few months, been constructing a realistic walrus costume, which should fit most people of average proportions, and allow for full and easy movement in character. The take on the position as my lodger, you must be prepared to wear the walrus for approximately two hours each day.”
He later says
“Whilst in the walrus costume you must be a walrus – there must be no speaking in a human voice, and any communication must entail making utterances in the voice of a walrus.”
On his facebook account, Kevin discussed the genesis of his idea:
“The listing got my creative juices flowing, and I began reconstructing the whole thing as an old British Hammer horror film, in which a mad scientist intends to sew some hapless lodger into counterfeit blubber, creating a chimera in an effort to answer the ultimate riddle, ‘Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?!,’”
Shooting will take place in Canada, with Blumhouse Productions [Insidious, Paranormal Activity, Sinister] handling, well, production. He cast Michael Parks, who stared in his thriller Red State, wrote a part for fellow writer/director, Quentin Tarantino, and hopes to get Greg Nictoero on board for the effects.
Sounds interesting, to be honest. As I stated in the opening paragraph, I think Smith is very underrated as a writer, director, and actor. He’s a complete bad-ass who’s built his entire life & company doing things his own way, treating people right, and taking the right risks. I dig the dude, and couldn’t have been happier when he finally started getting some much deserved respect for his thriller Red State. Other than his theatrical releases, he has a great series of films that document the Q&As he has at colleges and theaters. Very entertaining stuff.