Affleck shows up in an audition scene reciting Dante's famous line, "I'm not even supposed to be here today." Affleck became a Smith regular beginning with Smith's second movie, Mallrats.
The movie Randall decides to make is Clerks, Smith's 1994 movie based on his pre-filmmaker days working at New Jersey's Quick Stop store. Other Smith references include a nod to Smith's original dark ending to Clerks, and an animated clip of Ranger Danger, a movie Smith intended to make at one point.
Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) also return, standing outside the convenience store. 2006's Clerks II introduced Trevor Fuhrman as Elias, a fellow clerk when Dante and Randall got a job at a fast food restaurant. Elias is now working at Quick Stop.
Clerks III opens in theaters this fall. Smith and the cast will tour the country with live Q&As following screenings of the film.