Star Wars fans have been waiting for anything about Star Wars: Episode IX to touch down from a galaxy far, far away, and there are few more hardcore fans than Kevin Smith. You have to be hardcore to start crying on a set visit.
This time, the reason Smith’s eyes started to get watery was really legit — he saw somebody (Light Side? Dark Side?) give one of the best performances of their career right in front of him. At least that’s what he told GMA Day hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines when he appeared on the show to promote his upcoming comedy special Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly.
“J.J.’s doing the Lord's work," Smith said. "This movie looks fantastic. It’s a year away, but man, it looks fantastic. I wept on set because I saw somebody give a career-best performance. Somebody I’ve seen in these movies before. I rolled a tear, it was so darn powerful. Biggest set I’ve ever seen in my life. The dude’s not directing a movie. It’s like he’s directing a small country.”
Now anyone who knows anything about Kevin Smith is also aware he ugly cries at just about everything. Everything. Most recently, he’s admitted to bawling at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Flash Season 1 finale, even the new Bumblebee trailer. He also started tearing up when he visited the set of Abrams’ last Star Wars venture, The Force Awakens, when he beheld the wonder that is the Millennium Falcon.
In the wake of mixed feelings (and memes) about Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, fans like Smith can’t wait to see what Abrams does with Episode IX after taking a Star Wars hiatus during which Johnson was often blasted for being inconsistent with Luke’s character and killing off Supreme Leader Snoke.
"I walked away learning a thing or two from J.J., man," Smith admitted. "So actually, we go make a new movie in the new year, we're making a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. So I'm ready, man, having just come off the Star Wars set, I'm ready to put all that to work."
Star Wars: Episode IX will land in theaters Dec. 20, 2019. Between now and then, Kevin Smith is almost guaranteed to publicly admit to crying at movies and TV episodes at least another 15 times.