Kevin Smith has had an up and down year, to say the least. In February, the actor-director suffered a massive heart attack that nearly killed him. Following his recovery, Smith decided to make some life changes and the results were nothing short of staggering. Just a few weeks ago, he posted a photo of himself to Instagram sporting a noticeably slimmer physique, revealing that he last 60 pounds thanks to a plant-based diet and the Weight Watchers app. Seeing Smith drop down a few pant sizes is inspiring for sure, but it’s had some unexpected consequences for the director’s most famous alter-ego.
We’re talking of course about Silent Bob, a character Smith has played in numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. One of the projects Smith is currently working on is a Jay and Silent Bob reboot but his weight loss has caused him to have to do some rewrites.
“This is the draft where I had to take out all the fat jokes ’cause they just don’t make sense anymore,” Smith said on a recent episode of his Fatman on Batman podcast, revealing that he’s currently writing the film’s eighth draft. In place of fat jokes, Smith says he’s going to try diet jokes, in part because he doesn’t want to contribute more to body-shaming culture.
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This @weightwatchers Ambassador is thrilled to announce that I’VE LOST 51 POUNDS! Six months ago from right now, I was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack I’d had the night before. When I went to my Doctor a week later, she told me “The best thing you can do for yourself now is to lose 50 pounds.” Half a year later, I can report that I followed Doctor’s orders: I started at 256 and now I weigh 205. This is the lightest I’ve been since high school! My hope now is I can slowly lose another 10 with #weightwatchers and get down to my birth weight of 195! But for now, I’m ecstatic to have reached this chunky milestone! I wanna thank #pennjillette for his book #presto, @raycronise for getting me started with his potato famine, and the good folks at #weightwatchers for their app-based program that made it easy to keep track of and control my eating! And I also wanna thank my kid @harleyquinnsmith – the little vegan astronaut who explored this meatless/milkless galaxy ahead of me, leading by example. Since I never wanted to see the inside of a hospital ever again, I simply copied the Kid. So this wasn’t a diet: these results came from a total lifestyle change of eating solely plant-based foods (which is tough because I hate vegetables). But mostly, I wanna thank all of you as well – for the kind and encouraging words along the way. Never underestimate the power of positive feedback: you folks telling me I looked better or healthier helped me stick with it. An encouraging word can really make a difference in someone’s life and your compliments kept me going! And just look where I went! #KevinSmith #WWambassador #WWFreestyle #WWFamily #WWBros #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #WWCommunity #ad *People following the Weight Watchers program can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week.
As for what the Jay and Silent Bob reboot will be about, Smith revealed the basic plot back in May, saying that it’s a sequel to 2001’s Strike Back that will be going all meta on Hollywood’s reboot obsession. “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is completely f—ing different,” Smith said. “In Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Jay and Silent Bob find out that Hollywood is making a reboot of that old movie that they had made about them, and they have to go across the country to Hollywood to stop it all over again. it’s literally the same f—ing movie all over again. It’s a movie that makes fun of sequels and remakes and reboots while being all three at the same time.”
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