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John Goodman is the latest to join Kevin Smith's religious horror film Red State

Sep. 22, 2010by: George Merchan
A couple of days ago, Kevin Smith himself announced via the new podcast Hollywood Babble-On (hosted by Smith and Ralph Garman) that movement on his "religious horror" film RED STATE was coming along nicely and that shooting was set to begin this week. The filmmaker also let it be known that the great John Goodman ("Treme", SPEED RACER) would be joining the cast.

Goodman - whose recent work on David Simon's HBO show "Treme" was some of the best I've seen from the guy - will be joining Michael Parks (KILL BILL), Kevin Pollack (COP OUT), Melissa Leo ("Treme"), Dermot Mulroney (ZODIAC), Kyle Gallner (JENNIFER'S BODY), Michael Angarano (GENTLEMEN BRONCOS), and Stephen Root (OFFICE SPACE). The film is about a group of young people who cross paths with a crazed fundamentalist preacher (Parks), a la the odious piece of shit Reverend Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Degenerate Morons.

As a refresher, here's Smith talking about RED STATE from a report earlier this year:

"The notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there's even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that's the other thing that I'm trying to examine in a big, big way. It's weird because for a few months I've been saying 'horror movie' and technically it is, but it's also not a very traditional horror movie in the sense that people have been asking me, 'Is it a slasher movie? Is it like the Japanese horror flicks?' It'd be much easier to just show it to them when I'm done and be like, 'This is what I meant.' At which point I'm sure there'll be people saying, 'This ain't a horror movie!' But to me, it is."

Thanks to "Dan" for the heads up!
Extra Tidbit: Melissa Leo plays John Goodman's wife on HBO's "Treme".

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2:20PM on 09/22/2010
Smith stopped making anything of noted ambition after "Dogma," so I'm not looking forward to this. It's going to be a lot of heavy handed jabs at the church and religious propaganda. No thanks.
Smith stopped making anything of noted ambition after "Dogma," so I'm not looking forward to this. It's going to be a lot of heavy handed jabs at the church and religious propaganda. No thanks.
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11:31AM on 09/22/2010

Don't Sugar-Coat It George, Tell Us What You Really Think of Westboro

...but seriously, the project has me very intrigued. A little worried when Smith says it's may not be horror, but intrigued all the same.
...but seriously, the project has me very intrigued. A little worried when Smith says it's may not be horror, but intrigued all the same.
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9:29AM on 09/22/2010
"Let's Go Bowling"
"Let's Go Bowling"
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9:00AM on 09/22/2010

John Goodman makes everything better.

All I have in my head is him as the Cyclops in O' Brother Where Art Thou? I mean, that character could probably fit in a Kevin Smith movie. Stoked to see this thing cuz even if you hate Kev, you have to give the man credit for trying something different.
All I have in my head is him as the Cyclops in O' Brother Where Art Thou? I mean, that character could probably fit in a Kevin Smith movie. Stoked to see this thing cuz even if you hate Kev, you have to give the man credit for trying something different.
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8:36AM on 09/22/2010
With any luck he'll gold like Dogma. Kevin Smith Classic, how I miss you.
With any luck he'll gold like Dogma. Kevin Smith Classic, how I miss you.
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5:00AM on 09/22/2010
Great that he has Goodman and Parks in the flick. Could be his best since Clerks 2.
Great that he has Goodman and Parks in the flick. Could be his best since Clerks 2.
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