Kevin Smith says his weight is out of control: ‘I broke a toilet. That’s how heavy I am.’

Oct. 30, 2008 | 1:42 p.m.


If uber-geek Kevin Smith could be any superhero right now, sadly, it might be Matter-Eater Lad. The 38-year-old filmmaker says his weight problem is so out of control that he will be taking a break from work to slim down before his health is compromised.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s Los Angeles Times story by Chris Lee, who talked to Smith on the eve of the Friday release of the New Jersey native’s new movie, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”: 

“I’m going away for a while,” Smith, puffing a menthol cigarette on the patio of his Hollywood Hills home, “to concentrate on myself. To save my life.”

At a time when Smith has been heavily promoting “Zack and Miri” — perhaps the most commercially viable movie in his 15-year career as a multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director of crude comedies and art-house bromances — the issue of his weight has remained front of mind. The director has been complaining about being fat in radio interviews and Clerks_ii_photo_by_darren_michael_2fretting about it on his blog much to the chagrin of Weinstein Co. publicists for the film, who have openly wished the director would “talk about something else.” Like, for instance, how closely in tone and casting the movie resembles something conjured up by comedy rainmaker Judd Apatow?

Adding insult to injury, Smith’s girth contributed to an embarrassing incident last week. “I broke a toilet. That’s how heavy I am,” said Smith. “I can’t take all the credit — that was an old toilet and a very waterlogged wall — but my size took that toilet down. I cannot cognitively reframe it and be like, ‘It wasn’t me — it was the toilet.’ It was definitely me. And that’s a wake-up call!”

Sweating steadily but not quite profusely, enveloped in a long wool overcoat (in implicit homage to Silent Bob, his screen alter ego in several of his films) despite the 90 degree heat, the New Jersey-born auteur seemed both exhausted and keyed up. He’s immensely proud of the film, which earned a number of glowing reviews when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Kevin_smith_october_2008_photo_by_jThe story ends with a sad glimpse into Smith’s struggle right now:

Hours before Smith would catch a flight to screen “Zack and Miri” at the Chicago Film Festival, he again pondered its commercial prospects. “This is the first time my sensibilities and mainstream sensibilities have met,” he said, lighting his umpteenth cigarette. “Not in a perfect way. But better than I’ve ever met the mainstream before.”

But he wasn’t quite finished on the topic of his weight.

“The results of this movie will be interesting. Come opening weekend, if it does well, I’ll want to reward myself by eating more. And if the movie does poorly, I imagine I’ll want to self-medicate and eat more. Hollywood’s a hard town to be fat in!”

Best of luck to Smith as he moves forward from here. I’m thinking his self-awareness, sense of humor and candor will help him quite a bit as he deals with his challenge.

— Geoff Boucher

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Credits: Top photo by Matt Sayles/Associated Press shows director Kevin Smith, right, actor Seth Rogen, center, and actress Elizabeth Banks at the premiere of “Zach and Miri Make A Porno” in Los Angeles on Oct. 20, 2008. Center photo by Darren Michaels/Weinstein Co. shows Smith as Silent Bob with costar Jason Mewes in the 2006 film “Clerks II.” Bottom photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times shows Smith in October 2008

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20 Responses to Kevin Smith says his weight is out of control: ‘I broke a toilet. That’s how heavy I am.’

  1. obsever says:

    Consider quitting the cigs too. I feel sympathy for those who struggle with these issues, even if it is largely self-inflicted, it's still a struggle.

  2. Dancin Sky says:

    You can do it. I lost over 50 pounds with Jenny Craig and dancing. Take one day at a time, and get off the couch. Jenny's food is delicious and you won't feel deprived. You're younger than I am, so it should be easier. Just say no to the past, and you will amaze yourself!

  3. brenda sherman says:

    Good luck….sounds as though you are determined. That's half the battle.

  4. AskewFan says:

    Fly Fatass Fly!!

  5. I've said it for years about Smith: he's a major league player in a town filled with doable p***sy; doesn't he want some of that? This guy could get pieces of that p****y all day long if he dropped some weight…. he's also got access to some great nutritionists and shrinks too… good luck with all of it… it's not too hard to drop major league poundage dude. Get yourself a nordictrak for starters….

  6. oakmonster says:

    When Peter Jackson lost his weights, NOBODY recognizes him for a while. Hell, I didn't even know who that was!
    Kevin, lose as much as it'll make you healthy. But us fans love you just the way you are, bro.

  7. Maggie says:

    As a fan and someone who also has dealt with a weight problem, good on you, sir.
    And as a fan, I'm happy to hear this as we all want you around for a long time to come.
    Please take care of yourself for you and for your family.
    Soldier on, sir.

  8. fatguyinabigcoat says:

    wow i hope that was photoshopped, it looks like he is wearing shoulder pads.

  9. Lars says:

    That picture is AMAZING. He looks bigger than Orson Welles during his "no wine before it's time" phase. I mean, you could fit a few Seth Rogan's inside of him — and that's saying something! He's looking more and more like Harry Knowles. I hope that for the sake of his wife and child he loses the weight, but if he doesn't, it would satisfy my morbid fascination with watching celebrity spiral out of control if he became so big that he was bed-ridden, and could only wear sheets draped over his body. Power to him for putting it all out there in the public eye, and calling a spade a spade. Oh, and by the way, I love the Matter Eater Lad reference. Brilliant.

  10. sonic says:

    dude: nicotine gum. Those smokes are gonna kill ya!

  11. Wintermute says:

    Poor Kevin. How come could he grow so heavy ?? First I would say, don't stop smoking until you've completed your trimming down. Then eat fruits, vegetables (even freezed ones, it works too), but forget about all the packaged juices, they are full of s**t, especially sugar. But don't rely on diet juices and sodas either, these aspartam loaded stuffs are tricking our physiology, it can't be healthy. Eat meat, eggs. animal proteins. Forget about soja too since there are no GMO-free soja anymore. Avoid hydrocarbs like pastes, rice, potatoes, french fries (vade retro – full of really awful lipids). Eat true black chocolate (no less than 40% cocoa and really made with cocoa butter). Make soups. Yourself. With vegetables and a mixer/blender and NO SUGAR please. Cook with steam cooker as often as you can, grill meat and avoid oil, butter, margarine in the cooking process. You can salt, you can pepper, and add the good spices you like. Ban Mayonnaise, ban ketchup, ban pizzas, donuts, burgers. Kick all these bad habits built upon tv and even sometimes your own parents.
    Do as I've told, and you'll be fine and healthy and then you could think about stopping cigs.

  12. omgzpewpew says:

    Many people cite work as an excuse to not solve complicated problems. Kevin deserves recognition for saying "Enough is enough. I have to do something about this before it's too late."
    I've lost 320lbs myself. I had malignant obesity for years and had to undergo bariatric surgery to help control my weight. Unfortunately too late came too soon for me. Years of uncontrolled obesity and diabetes has damaged my heart, my liver, and both my kidneys. I will never be healthy. Take any chance you can to be healthy, and never wait for too late.

  13. Starcasm says:

    When you break a toilet, it's time to lose a few.

  14. Rev.St.Huck says:

    It sounds retarded…but Tae Bo. Really. I lost 30 pounds doing Tae Bo. Best of luck to the man, though. I know what it's like to be a fat bastard and need to drop a few. It's not easy so I wish him all the best.

  15. John Connor says:

    do it for the kids, if not mine, then yours.

  16. Bee says:

    Kevin is awesome no matter what size he is, but being big isn't good for his health, and I want him to be still around making movies for as long as possible!
    I just lost 30 pounds in about three months, you can do it if you really try hard. He should join a gym, he can afford it!

  17. J. Matthew says:

    Does anyone find it rather peculiar that Kevin Tells us that it was breaking the toilet that served as his "wake up call" to lose weight? This after having just been tossed off the plane? Call me crazy, but perhaps he ought to thank Southwest – They may have just saved his life.

  18. Dan says:

    Screw the negativity! Kevin, you've got every reason to get back on track, and you can do it. And never fall into the trap of think less of yourself. If you love yourself you will do what's best. I know you will succeed brother!

  19. Joey Bagadonuts says:

    Ridiculing fat people is one of the last areas of our society where discrimination is acceptable. In addition, food is for many people, every bit of an addiction as drugs or alcohol is for others.
    Making fun of fat people is cruel and ignorant. I wish you the best of luck in your struggle to master your weight.

  20. Jacob says:

    it sounds like he knows what he needs to do, and hes determined and dedicated, which is great to see. hopefully he'll be successful.

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