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“I’m not press-junketing at all, anywhere,” the director wrote, as picked up by New York Magazine’s Vulture. “In fact, I’m not doing any press outside of maybe a business piece or 2 to help sell the flick if needed, & radio (LOTS of radio).”
Instead, Smith says he’ll give journalists all the information they need to write a story via a podcast at http://smodcast.com/redstate/. At the same time, interested moviegoers also can access the information absent the media’s filter, he wrote.
“It’s INSANELY detailed, and by the time we’re done, I’ll have pre-answered all questions about RedState — thus negating the need to speak with me about it,” he wrote. “From nearly 20 yrs experience, I know this much: folks are gonna write WHATEVER they want, whether I sit down with them or not. So I’ll just furnish all the information I’d normally serve up one at a time to a small, jaded audience that doesn’t really give a s–t unless there’s someone famous in the room, to a much larger, APPRECIATIVE audience that would actually enjoy & benefit from hearing the same information.”
Smith said the Q&As also will be transcribed for the “SUPER lazy writers” who don’t want to listen to 12 hours of audio.
“Nobody needs to talk to me anymore anyway, as anyone who’s curious can always know what I’m thinking 24/7 right here on Twitter,” he wrote.
Smith’s decision may not be surprising: He vented his frustration over the negative critical reaction to his last movie, Cop Out, on Twitter earlier this year, even suggesting that critics who want to see his movies should pay.
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