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Six Degrees of 'Veronica Mars'

(Posted September 29, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( On Wednesday, Oct. 5, filmmaker Kevin Smith ("Dogma," "Chasing Amy," "Clerks") guest stars on UPN's "Veronica Mars," playing a convenience-store clerk. The role came about because of his friendship with "Mars" producer Dan Etheridge (who acted in "Dogma," along with Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" and "Jersey Girl"), but it turns out that there's more to the story.

"Ask Rob why he [messed] around with my girlfriend when I was dating her all those years ago," says Smith, "when I was going out with Joey [Lauren Adams]. I was out of town, and they hooked up one night. That goes back to '97.

"And I wound up doing the dude a solid being on his show. Where's my killer instinct? That's how Rob and Dan are friends. They know each other through Joey. Weird little world isn't it?

"Never thought about that or figured it out until I was driving down to San Diego to do the scene. I was like, 'Oh my God, I should turn this car around right now! Why am I helping this dude out?' But it's not like I still hold a grudge. And it's not like I didn't make out like a bandit [in the marriage arena] either. But that is an odd little piece of backstory."

"I cannot believe he told that story," Thomas says. "You know, it's so funny that you mention that, because we have a ton of friends in common, but I'd never met Kevin Smith. That story happened long before we had anything but one friend in common. This whole time, I haven't been sure that he knew.

"The story gets weirder if I were to tell you more about it. [I hooked up with Joey] my first night in L.A. It was the day I landed in L.A., and I thought, 'Oh, my God, Los Angeles is a great place.'"

As it turns out, bygones are happily bygones, with Smith and Thomas both married, neither to Adams (who's appeared in a few Smith films, including "Chasing Amy") -- but she did guest-star on "Veronica Mars" last season.

"It's a very incestuous little world there," Smith says. "It's like high school, isn't it?"

Basking in on-line praise for his show from both Smith and "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon (who's also guesting, in episode six), Thomas has even more ambitions plans for his sophomore show, which ended season one with movie star Aaron Echolls (Harry Hamlin) arrested for murdering the best friend of high-school sleuth Veronica (Kristen Bell).

Thomas' new idea includes the rest of the surviving Echolls: son Logan (Jason Dohring) and daughter Trina (recurring star Alyson Hannigan, of "Buffy" fame).

"I don't know if this will happen," Thomas says, "but there's a reference to it in the first episode. We just have to make sure we do this in a way that doesn't jump the shark. Logan, in episode one, references that Trina, his sister, is negotiating the TV-movie rights to their family's story. So there is some thought that, at some point, they do start making the movie.

"We keep thinking that Peter Gallagher would be the perfect Aaron Echolls."

Reminded that Gallagher already has a job on FOX's "The O.C.," Thomas is nevertheless undeterred.

"Honestly, it could be a hotel-lobby walk. I'm only talking about the film crew coming to Neptune. There is a bit in the first episode in which Logan is crossing his fingers, hoping they'll get Tom Welling" -- who is also employed, in The WB's "Smallville" -- to play him in the movie."

Source: Zap2it

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