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The Neil Patrick Harris Showdown With Kevin Smith Over Drugs + Acting

Neil Patrick Harris hopped on Twitter under two months ago, and aside from using the service to win silly online polls, he’s already found himself in his first Twitter fight. With another celebrity!

That would be Kevin Smith, the director and Silent Bob sidekick to Jason Mewes’ Jay in Clerks. And their little tiff is because of that poll. Asked by some NPH fans to throw some support behind the poll (where NPH is facing off against John Barrowman as the Man of the Decade), Smith refused, citing a 2008 interview between Neil and Ain’t It Cool News.

Neil Patrick Harris: They were smart for actually hiring two actors that were actual actors playing parts, instead of hiring two sort of dudes that were those guys. They didn’t hire like Jason Mewes and the other dude… Silent Bob… What is that movie Jay and Silent Bob, like what’s Jay’s name?

Quint: Jason Mewes, you were right.

Neil Patrick Harris: He was this drugged out mess of a guy that was his friend and so he just cast him in the movie and filmed him doing crazy shit.

So Smith was all up on Twitter saying, “I mean, why say something like that? S’not true OR respectful of a fellow performer. Dude essentially said Mewes isn’t an actor. Wow…It’s a snobby, reductive diss.” That was followed up with this four-part tweet: “They way he said it makes it seem like you guys waited until mewes got high & then rolled camera Which is not only untrue, it minimizes Mewes’ contributions as AN ACTOR. It’s a narrow-minded, ignorantly reductive sentiment, patched together from quasi-facts that aren’t even related. It’s akin to me knowing NPH is gay & knowing he’s on HIMYM, and then somehow coming to the conclusion that his process must include a dick in his mouth right before each take… & THEN EXPRESSING THAT SAME BAFFLING IGNORANCE IN AN INTERVIEW.”

Which caused Neil to, uh, concede. He tweets: “@ThatKevinSmith Didn’t realize the upset my words caused. Looked back at what you said, and I concur. Ignorance on my part. Apologies.”

And Neil’s animosity toward Jason Mewes is all the more surprising, because hasn’t he seen this man … act (link NSFW)?

On:           Jan 4, 2010
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    • terrwill

      Jason Mewes has had numerous issues with “party favors”
      in the past, however that being said I think instead of
      milk doing a body good drugs must have done that body
      good based on the baseball bat he is swinging in those
      pics! Jason Huge :O

      Jan 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • james

      mewes was a heroin junky, or still is. i have heard Kevin speak about it him self in interviews.

      Jan 4, 2010 at 3:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein

      Kevin Smith shouild be so lucky to find NPH’s dick in his mouth!

      Jan 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Taylor Siluwé

      That’s the thing about thoughtless Tweets – they’re random brain-farts that in some cases we think better off after they seep out. Neil did, with Kevin’s help, and graciously apologized. Class all the way.

      Jan 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James Davis

      Good for Kevin Smith.

      NPH’s statement in that interview was caustic and just plain inappropriate.

      I Love NPH, but this was a perfect example of why people shouldn’t criticize when they aren’t knowledgeable of a situation.

      Jan 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toph23

      NPH did the right thing by apologizing. Just sounded like an off-the-cuff statement that came back to bite him. Mewes and Smith were and are good friends, and Smith even fought hard to get his friend clean and sober a few years ago(which he still is to this day, so far as I know). Both NPH and Kevin Smith seem like great, talented guys, and Twitter feuds are unbecoming.

      Jan 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er

      NPH didn’t necessarily need to apologize. He was a little out of line but it’s an opinion. I think Kevin Smith took it to the next crassless level tho. Considering his movies, I guess it’s not a surprise tho. I think he could’ve used a different metaphor or none at all and get his point across. Yet, he went towards the “gay” dick in the mouth thing. He really tried to get a rise out of NPH with that one.

      NPH insulted an actor’s ability and the judgment of a director, so just insult NPH’s acting/directing ability back. Instead he brought in the proclivity and sexuality of NPH. Kevin Smith sucks.

      Jan 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James

      @Scott NY’er

      Yeah, but Kevin Smith is actually really into guys having sex with guys and often tweets about how hot it is and such (although he mostly talks about his wife’s browneye).

      He’s called himself a bi-curious bear.

      I really don’t think he meant the “dick in the mouth thing” as a “OMG, you’re gay!!” slag. It’s just that with Kevin, EVERYTHING is about sex.

      Just sayin’… :)

      Jan 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er

      @No. 8 · James

      Ahhh. I see. I don’t tweet nor am a Kevin Smith fan so to the casual observer it sounds like a slight. Or definitely an out of turn response. It’s not something I would’ve said in a retort because it sounds out like something out of the blue. Like why even bring up sexuality into the conversation. It’s about acting or the lack thereof.

      But I did say based on his movies that it’s not surprising so I guess I was right. That’s just Kevin Smith. It’s like speaking with Kathy Griffin and knowing you’ll hear a curse or two and nothing serious.

      Jan 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James

      @Scott NY’er

      Yeah exactly, good analogy. lol :)

      I totally understand thinking “what? the ‘straight guy’ just said something about a dick in his mouth, how rude” but he honestly talks about shit like that ALL the time.

      He even had a twitter contest for people to photoshop a dick in his mouth, not many straight guys would go for that, and ZERO bigots would even allow it, let alone encourage it. And then he said something along the lines of (paraphrasing here) adding those pics to his mental spank-bank.

      And at several of his live events, when fans will say something about being gay, he’ll not only applaud them for being out and stuff, but he also jokes about “can I watch”.

      He’s a real riot in my opinion. Very dirty mouth, but also very intelligent. Funny as hell, but also seems to be a downright nice guy.

      Jan 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom

      Who gives a rat’s ass?

      Jan 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman

      he was nasty about Britney when she was down too..a real class act…

      Jan 4, 2010 at 8:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      Guys, lets discuss whats really important here! Did you check out the size of Jason Mewes freakin’ cock??????? :~O

      Jan 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SAA

      @Alan Brickamn

      The only negative thing related to Britney Spears that he ever said was that HIMYM didn’t need stunt casting to be a good show. I don’t see how that translates to being nasty about her when she was down.

      Jan 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • romeo

      Checked it out. That’s your idea of a big cock? It’s not bad, but haven’t you guys seen any gay porn? Or my dick? LOL

      Jan 5, 2010 at 12:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      No. 15 · romeo: C’mon you gotta give him props for that tool swinging flacid : P

      Jan 5, 2010 at 9:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ousslander

      Well Romeo let’s see it so we can compare!

      NPH was basically right about the Kevin Smith movies. I couldn’t sit through clerks. Boring and pretentious.

      Mewes might look could in those pics but after years of hitting the needle you gonna risk hitting that?

      Jan 5, 2010 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      No. 17 · ousslander: Touche’……..absolutly right, I only recently viewed Clerks and I was gobsmacked as to just how bad it was………….I’d double up prior to hittin Mewes : P

      Jan 5, 2010 at 11:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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