Long to be walrus man in Tusk film
Justin Long is to star in Kevin Smith's upcoming horror film Tusk.
The filmmaker revealed the Going The Distance star will take the leading role alongside Red State's Michael Parks in the low-budget thriller, inspired by a real-life post from a walrus-obsessed weirdo asking for a roommate who would dress and act as the tusked sea mammal.
Kevin told Entertainment Weekly: "Justin Long is the guy in the walrus suit. I needed a guy who has expressive eyes because once you're in that suit, you're covered."
The director added that Justin agreed to the role immediately.
"I reached out to Justin and he wrote back and was like, 'This is awfully scary but how can we not? Let's fall down this hole'. So it'll be Parks versus Long trying to answer the age-old question, 'Is man indeed a walrus at heart?'."
The 43-year-old had only praise for Michael.
"It (the film) was written for Michael Parks, who I loved in Red State. That was one of the best times I ever had in my career, sitting on a set, rolling a camera on a true f****** genius, who is pretending to be somebody else and I forgot who the real guy is because his performance is so good."
Kevin was only convinced to make the horror film when he saw the ideas for the outfits.
"As weird as it is in my head when I talk about it, they finally sent me the costume designs by Robert Kurtzman, and I was like, 'It's a monster movie, I had no idea'. I thought I was making a kind of sister thriller to Red State," he said.
Justin, who previously appeared in horror flicks Jeepers Creepers and Drag Me To Hell, next stars in comedy Comet and the Veronica Mars movie.