It seems that New Jersey native, Kevin Smith is adamant about his desire to retire after his tenth film ‘Hit Somebody.’ His success began in 1994 with his film ‘Clerks’ and has continued with such films as ‘Mallrats,’ ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ and ‘Clerks 2.’ In an email to /Film, Smith states, “I’ve always said (since CLERKS, even) that I’ve got about ten films in me… If I ever wanna make a flick about being in my 40 ′ s, I’ll think of [Clerks main characters] Dante & Randal first.”
It seems that the word retirement, when being used in the entertainment industry, just means that the celebrity is looking to take a break. Perhaps they should opt to use the word sabbatical instead, so as to avoid confusion and retracting statements.
This past June, Amanda Bynes claimed to retire from the entertainment industry via twitter. Although her motives, she twittered, were due to her none existent involvement in the creative aspect of her work and saying that she was no longer in love with acting. It seems that the real reason she went into retirement at the age of 24 was due to the fact she was unable to land roles in movies. Regardless of the details surrounding her sudden retirement announcement, less than two months later she stated again on twitter that she was taking it back and coming out of retirement.
Other’s wait at least until the news about their retirement has become old news before heading back into the spotlight. Such was the case with rapper Jay-Z in which he claimed to retire from music in 2003. While his retirement included work with other artists and world tours, it was beginning to seem that Jay-Z was retiring from putting out new Jay-Z albums only. Two years following his retirement announcement, Jay-Z returned to music and released a new album.
Although other entertainers have claimed to retire and comeback into the spotlight, should we expect Smith to do the same thing? Smith seems adamant about his plans to retire and might possibly make good on his word just to prove people wrong. Smith fans can only hope he will return for a ‘Clerks III’ and possibly a 12th and 13th film that he can conceive while he enjoys his retirement. There is always room for a ‘Zack and Miri Make a Sequel,’ -that’s only a suggested title. Pending the success of his horror film set to be released in 2011 entitled ‘Red State,’ and his hockey film ‘Hit Somebody,’ we just might see more of Smith’s film work, but again, we can only hope.