Director Kevin Smith opened up about his feud with Bruce Willis in his new book, Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash: The Definitive Visual History and it’s juicy. Kevin said that the two didn’t get along while working on the movie Cop Out and claimed that Bruce has a “true darkness,” about him.
The fight between the director and the actor is not a secret in Hollywood. Kevin has talked about the awkwardness between them before at conventions and Q&As about his work. This book takes his alleged stories one step further and provides more details about their time together.
According to the book, there were many fights between Bruce and Kevin that left the director wanting off the project. Kevin said that he would have been happy if Bruce just fired him.
Kevin Smith made a name for himself directing and making comedic, low-budget movies. He is best known for his Jay and Silent Bob films, where he both directed, produced, and acted. He played the character of Silent Bob, one half of a stoner duo, and finds himself on a wild adventure with his best friend Jay, played by Jason Mewes.
Before directing Cop Out, Kevin said that he liked Bruce and his acting skills and was excited to work with him. But after working together on the movie, the director had a change of heart. Kevin claims that Bruce hates to work on movies and that it was a struggle for them to work together.
“Cop Out could have been a great experience if it were not for the fact that I met true darkness in Bruce Willis,” Smith wrote in his book. “I love making movies and he does not, at all.”
Kevin said that Bruce was lazy and wasn’t open to criticism. In the book, Kevin recalls one story where Bruce Willis got angry at the director for telling him to say his line like his character in Moonlight, a previous movie that Bruce had worked on. Kevin also said that during one day on set, Bruce Willis got angry when Kevin allowed Tracey Morgan to improvise his lines. The filmmaker claims that Bruce was very mean to him after that.
While Bruce Willis or his team hasn’t commented on these new stories, he hasn’t been afraid to share his opinions about Kevin Smith and their time together.
Bruce talked about his relationship with Kevin in Time Out back in 2013. He said, “Poor Kevin. He’s just a whiner, you know? We had some personal issues about how we approached work. I don’t have an answer for him. I’m never going to call him out and lay him out in public. Sometimes you just don’t get along.”
A representative for the actor said that while on the set of Cop Out, Kevin smoked too much weed and rarely left his director’s seat to come and give direction to the actors. The source claims that the actors were basically on their own.
Kevin Smith denied these allegations and said that he helped any actor on the set of Cop Out that asked for help.
Cop Out did poorly in the box office and only brought in $55.6 million and got a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Kevin Smith blamed Bruce for how bad the film did and claimed that he received no help from the actor when it came to making the movie.
Kevin Smith’s book dropped on Sept. 14 and it’s available here.