badideasinaction - 2013-01-22 Dunno if this comes up in the same talk but a friend was talking about this yesterday and saying that this movie, and particularly a dressing down Bruce Willis gave Smith when he realized Smith had no technical understanding at all pretty much swore Smith off of directing.
Binro the Heretic - 2013-01-22 The story about Willis tearing him a new asshole for not knowing which lens he was shooting with is in there, but the real reason for him giving up directing seems to be that he knows he just can't do it any more.
He as much as admits he lucked out early in his career and that "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" was a poor attempt to return to those days. He said he was getting out of film and into Internet-based media.
As much shit as Smith catches for being a talentless hack and everything, he at least deserves credit for knowing when to pack it in. He's made some awful films, but I find it hard to be mad at such a nice guy.