Hey, a fella can change his mind, right? Lest my juxtaposition be misinterpreted, lemme say I'm psyched that Smith is psyched. I'm mostly acting on a self-interest that will become crystal clear in a moment.
"I [...] could no longer be considered a die-hard fan. While I still had mountains of respect for what Lucas had created, and enough affection for what I felt were just some old movies that meant a lot for me growing up to keep referencing them in movies I now found myself making, I'd long since gotten divorced from my childhood marriage to Star Wars. [...] Lest you think I'm a total dork in denial, though, I'd like to point out for the record that I finally extricated myself from the stranglehold Star Wars seemed to have on my life by not naming our kid Leia or Boba, tempting as that might have been. I mean, sooner or later, you've gotta grow up, right? So we named our daughter Harley Quinn.
"After a Batman villainess."
—Kevin Smith, "Married To The Force," from A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on 25 Years of 'Star Wars,' ed. Glenn Kenny, Owl Books, 2002
"Visited JJ and his EP VII set [...] all I can share are [...] tears and snotty nose of joy. The Force is WITH this movie. Holy Sith.."
—Kevin Smith, on Instagram, June 30, 2014