Video: Kevin Smith on Prince

In the summer of 2001, writer/director Kevin Smith contacted Prince to gain permission to use “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” for a scene in his movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Although he was denied permission, he agreed to film a documentary of reactions, questions and answers during one of Prince’s fan weeks at his recording studios, Paisley Park. Most of the footage comes from five sessions of Prince and Smith discussing music with fans. The footage still resides in Prince’s vault, while some was used to promote The Rainbow Children album and as background video at some of his live concerts.

Smith described the experience in his 2002 live video An Evening with Kevin Smith; according to An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, Prince was intending to edit the film into a promotional movie for Jehovah’s Witnesses.