Smith talked about the film as well as announced the news that Justin Long (pictured; Jeepers Creepers, Drag Me to Hell) has been cast!
“It’s about a guy who turns another guy into a ****ing human walrus,” Smith tells the mag. “As weird as it is in my head when I talk about it, they finally sent me the costume designs by Robert Kurtzman, and I was like, ‘Holy ****, it’s a monster movie, I had no idea.’ I thought I was making a kind of sister thriller to Red State. As soon as I saw the designs, I go, ‘Of course this is a monster movie and he’s Dr. Frankenstein.’ ”
“It was written for Michael Parks, who I loved in Red State. That was one of the best times I ever had my career, sitting on a set, rolling a camera on a true ****ing genius, who is pretending to be somebody else and I forgot who the real guy is because his performance is so good,” explains Smith. “I wrote the script around him, so it’s nothing but Michael Parks dialogue porn. Justin Long is the guy in the walrus suit. I needed a guy who has expressive eyes because once you’re in that suit, you’re covered. I reached out to Justin and he wrote back and was like, ‘This is awfully scary but how can we not? Let’s fall down this hole.’ So it’ll be Parks versus Long trying to answer the age-old question, ‘Is man indeed a walrus at heart?’
“It’s a ****ed up movie, dude,” Smith boasts.
Tusk begins filming on October 21. Expect a festival run in 2014.