For more than 20 years, director Kevin Smith has played what can only be a dream role for a director — a character who doesn’t really talk and just stands around in the background for the most part. He introduced us to this character, Silent Bob, in his 1994 debut film “Clerks.” Bob is the semi-silent sidekick to the very, very vocal New Jersey drug dealer Jay. The two have appeared in six of Smith’s films, usually in small segments (sans the duos full-length feature “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back”). And they are slated to appear in at least three more of his films in some capacity or another.
Bob is also usually the final voice of reason in many of Smith’s films. (Videos below are NSFW).
And sometimes not so much. (Again, NSFW)
But like everything in this world, all good things must come to an end. And with the third in Smith’s Canada-based trilogy (“Tusk” was the first, second one will be “Yoga Hosers”), which is called “Moose Jaws,” he will cross the streams of his film worlds by having Silent Bob appear — and die — in the most Silent Bobbish-way: Killed by a moose in the fashion Captain Quint dies in “Jaws.” At least that’s what he told an Australian news website.
“I just finished writing the scene where — spoilers — Silent Bob gets eaten by the moose. That’s how he f—ing goes out!,” Smith told the news outlet. “Isn’t that fun? I was talking to Jay (Jason Mewes) about ‘Moose Jaws’ and I’m like, ‘I’m thinking about bringing us in as the Captain Quint character’. And he goes, ‘Yeah, but Quint gets killed!’ I was like, ‘One of us has to get eaten’. And he was like, ‘You. Not me’. I was like, ‘Why?’ And he was like, ‘Because I wanna be in other movies!’ Fair enough, dude.
“So, rather than let him go out with dignity,” Smith said. “He’ll be eaten by a f—ing moose.”
But before Silent Bob meets his maker after being eaten by a monstrous moose, the character will more than likely appear in the “Mallrats” sequel and the third “Clerks” film.