EW talks about random appearances on DVD tracks -- We explain why Kevin Smith and Carrot Top were chosen to comment on movies that weren't theirs.

By Jeff Labrecque
Updated April 11, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

EW talks about random appearances on DVD tracks

As writer-director Kevin Smith says on his Clerks X DVD, where he lobbies to be a talking head for the so-bad-it’s-good Patrick Swayze pic Road House, it’s nice to get commentary ”from people who have nothing to do with the movie.” Well, some instances are nicer than others. Take Roger Avary’s Rules of Attraction DVD: Any perspective the writer-director might’ve shared about his dark vision of college debauchery is sacrificed in favor of a ”bonus commentary” from. . .Carrot Top? ”Apparently, the budget was zero,” says Top on his track. As special editions have become more special, many commentaries seem designed to be totally independent entertainment opportunities?and the more bizarre the better. Witness musician Lou Rawls, who tentatively joins Will Ferrell & Co. on Anchorman, saying ”I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing here.” Smith, alas, hasn’t gotten his Road Housewish yet, but he does co-commentate on another Swayze film, Donnie Darko. Why? ”In order to not have long moments of silence,” explains Darko writer-director Richard Kelly to Smith in his commentary intro, and ”for you to comment on whether or not I’m full of s—.”