‘Tusk’ follows a brash American podcaster to Canada where he interviews an old man with an incredible past who is obsessed with a walrus.
It stars Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment and there is a cameo by Johnny Depp.
Director Kevin Smith, who came to prominence in the 1990s with the low-budget comedy ‘Clerks’ and ‘Chasing Amy’, set out to make a very different movie.
“‘Tusk’ is completely different because it’s not like this ever happened to me, thank the Lord. When I go, when I went into it I was like sooner or later you’re going to hit a bunch of people that ask why? Why? Just be mad or whatever and I felt like I could always stand there right beside ‘Tusk’ and if somebody was like, ‘This is the greatest movie I’ve ever seen.’ I would be like, ‘Isn’t it?’ And if they would like ‘This is the stupidest movie I’ve ever seen.’ I could be like,‘Isn’t it?’ It just works on both planes,” Smith said.
The director’s teenage daughter, Harley Quinn and her best friend Lily-Rose Melody Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp, make a small appearance in the movie.
Actor Justin Long, who plays the podcaster who is physically transformed into a walrus, signed up even though he says his agent advised him against doing the film.
He said: “I was really intrigued. I mean I was really intrigued but it was more about the acting and the challenge of going toe to toe with someone like Michael Parks than it was about all the walrus. I didn’t think as much about the walrus stuff, which maybe I should have but no use asked if people around me wanted me to do it and no, they absolutely didn’t. In fact no one did.”
‘Tusk’ was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in US theatres on September 19.