Kevin Smith (Episode 5) » Mitch Albom
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Mitch Albom Live (2009)

If one thing in Kevin Smith’s life rivals his passion for movies, it’s his love of hockey (and particularly the New Jersey Devils). The writer and director of Clerks and Chasing Amy visited enemy ice in the form of the Detroit Red Wings’ Joe Louis Arena to chat with Mitch about Smith’s next film, Hit Somebody, which is based on a song of the same name that Mitch wrote for Warren Zevon.

It chronicles the ambitions of a bruising Canadian farmboy who dreams of scoring goals but is valued only for his ability to land punches. With the Wings practicing in the background, the two talk about the origins of the song, the setting for the film, what it meant to play “old-time hockey,” and the sport’s curious connection to a lady named Byng.

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