Podcaster. Rock star. Inter-promotional wrestling star. Bestselling author. Cruise director. And now independent film jack-of-all-trades.
That photo of Chris Jericho doing his best Jay to Kevin Smith’s Silent Bob made the rounds this week, and both Y2J and the filmmaker have confirmed the details - Jericho will be playing a role in one of the stories making up Smith’s new horror anthology flick, KillRoy Was Here.
But despite his IWGP Intercontinental Title and run of hit singles from the new Fozzy album, Jericho didn’t big time Smith or anyone on the set in Florida. He’s committed to bringing dark comedy scares to the screen, and the director couldn’t say enough great things about him:
Presenting The Gator Chaser - a nasty-ass South Florida streamer played by @chrisjerichofozzy! I’ve been shooting a horror anthology called #KillroyWasHere with the kids of @ringlingcollege, @digitalcaviar and #semkhorproductions for about a year now. Over the course of three trips to #sarasota, we’ve been making a modern-day #creepshow kinda flick with 70% of the crew being students so filled with raw talent, their pure passion for film and ability to find fixes to production problems makes up for any deficit of experience. Every crew member wears multiple hats on a low budget film - so last night when Jericho got to set, I asked the master podcaster and #wwe icon to not only act but also operate the camera for himself in his scene as well! When presented with this info, did the Fozzy frontman show trepidation? No way: homey goes with the flow and not only CRUSHES his character and dialogue but shoots a damn spooky scene as well! That’s the kind of actor or actress you need on an indie film: a partner who’ll not only carry their end of the bargain but also help elevate the entire production as well! And even when this pic was taken at 4 in the morning, Chris was all energetic - and mind you, he just got back from Europe the night before. I’ve been wanting to work with the man since we guested on each other’s podcasts and I was delighted to discover an actor I’ll cast forever now! Because film IS Jericho! #KevinSmith #chrisjericho #talkisjericho #fozzy #florida #indiefilm #ringlingcollege #digitalcaviar
Smith’s been working on this flick for a while and there’s no release date yet, but 2019 seems like a safe bet.
Expect Y2J’s directorial (or at least his first official cinematography credit) to come sometime in the 2020s.