Warner Bros. has debuted the trailer for Kevin Smith's "Cop Out," formerly known as "A Couple of Dicks."
This new comedy tells the story of two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card who find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster. Jimmy (Willis) is the veteran detective whose missing collectible is his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, and Paul (Morgan) is his "partner-against-crime" whose preoccupation with his wife's alleged infidelity makes it hard for him to keep his eye on the ball. Seann William Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Ana de la Reguera, Jason Lee and Michelle Trachtenberg also star.
The original title of the film was "A Couple of Dicks," which is clever, but sadly too offensive for some. At one point it almost became "A Couple of Cops," but the trailer confirms that it's officially "Cop Out" now, which is a "cop out" of its own.
Kevin Smith spoke with Entertainment Weekly and gave them the lowdown on the name change, including why it happened and other alternatives.
"Warner Bros. decided, 'Hey man, we'll call the networks and see if we're going to get any problems, months before the movie's ever going to come out.' The top 3 networks — CBS, ABC, NBC — said we can't run one of your spots before 9 o'clock.
I'm like, 'Well what about 'Inglourious Basterds'?' And I guess, because of the spelling, they got away with it. So we were like, "Can we call it A Couple of D.I.C.s?' Because that's the proper acronym for detectives, Detective In Charge. And [the networks] kicked that back as well. It was the pluralizing of any form of dick, whether it was d-i-c-k or any derivation.
So my feeling was like, it's an R-rated movie, so who the f– are we talking to anyway before 9 o'clock? Warner Bros's feeling was like, 'Hey man, the sports audience, dickhead. We have to advertise to the sports audience on Saturday and Sunday and all those sporting events usually take place before 9 p.m. in the evening.' At which point, I was like, 'Oh wow, you guys are way smarter than me.'"
What do you think about the name change for the movie? And are you looking forward to seeing Kevin Smith's new film?
"Cop Out" hits theaters Feb. 26, 2010.
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Sources: Rope of Silicon, First Showing