Brighton walrus Gumtree advert to be made into Kevin Smith Hollywood film

Brighton walrus Gumtree advert to be made into Kevin Smith Hollywood film

Brighton walrus Gumtree advert to be made into Kevin Smith Hollywood film

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A bizarre online advert offering free lodgings in Brighton for anyone willing to dress as a walrus is to be made into a Hollywood film.

Legendary director Kevin Smith, who is best known for his Jay and Silent Bob movies, announced he is to shoot the movie Tusk in Los Angeles after seeing the advert.

The notification, offering free rent on a double room overlooking Queen's Park, was removed by Gumtree after it went viral last month.

But it caught Smith's attention and a hastily written script was sent to production companies.

The director of Dogma has now secured funds for the film and Hollywood actor and Quentin Tarantino favourite Michael Parks has been drafted in for the main role with shooting to begin in Los Angeles in September.

Writing on his blog, Smith said: “The listing was written eloquently and briefly mentioned that the writer had once been lost at sea, with a walrus he nicknamed Gregory as his only companion.

“The listing got my creative juices flowing and I began reconstructing the whole thing as an old British Hammer horror film, in which a mad scientist intends to sew some hapless lodger into counterfeit blubber, creating a chimera in an effort to answer the ultimate riddle.”

The Argus: The walrus will be on display at the Turner Contemporary museum in Margate

The Brighton man who offered the rent-free accommodation has not spoken publicly since his post.

He explained he was retiring to the Sussex seaside after leading a “long and interesting life”, some of which was spent just off the coast of Alaska with a walrus called Gregory.

He wrote: "Never have I had such a fulfilling friendship with anyone, human or otherwise, and upon leaving the island I was heartbroken for months.”

He added he had constructed a realistic walrus costume which “should fit most people of average proportions, and allow for full and easy movement in character”.

He said the lodger would need to wear the costume for “about two hours a day” and "be a walrus", including making walrus noises and eating fish.

Smith, whose is most famous for his comedy performance as Silent Bob, first mentioned the advert during a recording of his podcast on June 25.

So taken is he with the bizarre notification, he started work on the script of a related horror film entitled Tusk.

In the following podcast he pitched the idea to fans who in turn responded with support on Twitter with the hashtag “#WalrusYes”.

He added: “The moral of the story, kids? Chase every dopey dream you ever have, so long as it doesn't involve hurting or killing anybody.

“You never know where it will lead you. One month ago, a walrus was nothing more to me than something that gets its bucket stolen. But now? I am the walrus.”

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12:31pm Tue 30 Jul 13

brightonmike2011 says...

This is marvellous.
This is marvellous. brightonmike2011
  • Score: 2

12:41pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Stoneham Park says...

#WalrusYes

Go and listen to his Podcast where he first reads the story with Scott Mosier.

SModcast 259: The Walrus and The Carpenter.

Hilarious.
#WalrusYes Go and listen to his Podcast where he first reads the story with Scott Mosier. SModcast 259: The Walrus and The Carpenter. Hilarious. Stoneham Park
  • Score: 3

12:49pm Tue 30 Jul 13

hey mongo says...

this is the problem with brighton nowadays...this is the sort of rubbish people find amusing...morons...
this is the problem with brighton nowadays...this is the sort of rubbish people find amusing...morons... hey mongo
  • Score: -17

12:53pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Hooitness says...

hey mongo wrote:
this is the problem with brighton nowadays...this is the sort of rubbish people find amusing...morons...
Someone using a Blazing Saddles reference as a name doesn't find this amusing? You must be getting old, or just a bit cranky.

Lighten up dude.
[quote][p][bold]hey mongo[/bold] wrote: this is the problem with brighton nowadays...this is the sort of rubbish people find amusing...morons...[/p][/quote]Someone using a Blazing Saddles reference as a name doesn't find this amusing? You must be getting old, or just a bit cranky. Lighten up dude. Hooitness
  • Score: 13

12:55pm Tue 30 Jul 13

hey mongo says...

no I just find things funny which are funny...like walking round like clyde the orangutan out of clint eastwood films thats funny...not some rubbish off gumtree...thats unfunny...lol
no I just find things funny which are funny...like walking round like clyde the orangutan out of clint eastwood films thats funny...not some rubbish off gumtree...thats unfunny...lol hey mongo
  • Score: -17

3:45pm Tue 30 Jul 13

mimseycal says...

hey mongo wrote:
no I just find things funny which are funny...like walking round like clyde the orangutan out of clint eastwood films thats funny...not some rubbish off gumtree...thats unfunny...lol
I suggest you boycott the movie when/if it hits the screens.
[quote][p][bold]hey mongo[/bold] wrote: no I just find things funny which are funny...like walking round like clyde the orangutan out of clint eastwood films thats funny...not some rubbish off gumtree...thats unfunny...lol[/p][/quote]I suggest you boycott the movie when/if it hits the screens. mimseycal
  • Score: 5

4:16pm Tue 30 Jul 13

brightonmike2011 says...

hey mongo wrote:
no I just find things funny which are funny...like walking round like clyde the orangutan out of clint eastwood films thats funny...not some rubbish off gumtree...thats unfunny...lol
People have different ideas of what's funny. I despise Roy Chubby Brown, but I don't complain that he exists. If he makes somebody else laugh, good for them.
[quote][p][bold]hey mongo[/bold] wrote: no I just find things funny which are funny...like walking round like clyde the orangutan out of clint eastwood films thats funny...not some rubbish off gumtree...thats unfunny...lol[/p][/quote]People have different ideas of what's funny. I despise Roy Chubby Brown, but I don't complain that he exists. If he makes somebody else laugh, good for them. brightonmike2011
  • Score: 3

5:54pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Tedious Pedant says...

I think this is probably a hoax.
I think this is probably a hoax. Tedious Pedant
  • Score: 1

7:30pm Fri 2 Aug 13

kbazilevsky says...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kevin Smith & all born on August 2nd of Common Years (or August 1st of Leap Years)! "...It is easy to recognize an August person. August born consider themselves models of physical perfection. However, the beauty of August does not fit the generally accepted standards. The correct form, delicate features—all this is of no value to a Bull with Five Legs and a Human Face. The body needs to be healthy in every way, so an August born strives to achieve the elegance of a cabinet, so to speak...." http://www.humanpopu
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kevin Smith & all born on August 2nd of Common Years (or August 1st of Leap Years)! "...It is easy to recognize an August person. August born consider themselves models of physical perfection. However, the beauty of August does not fit the generally accepted standards. The correct form, delicate features—all this is of no value to a Bull with Five Legs and a Human Face. The body needs to be healthy in every way, so an August born strives to achieve the elegance of a cabinet, so to speak...." http://www.humanpopu lationacademy.org/hu man-programs-demo/so uls-of-people-born-i n-august/totem-augus t-bull-five-legs-hum an-face/ kbazilevsky
  • Score: -1

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