It’s been 25 years since writer-director Kevin Smith debuted his Silent Bob persona in Clerks. So much has occurred since then: Kevin turned a father, he cheated dying, and the Marvel superfan assembled his personal Avengers-esque crew of memorable characters—referred to as the View Askewniverse—that every one return for his newest flick, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. So is it a reboot or a remake? We’ll let the person himself clarify:
Kevin Smith: As you may think about, that is the weirdest interview I believe I’ve ever executed in my life. Extra sudden, I assume. I’ve no muscle tissue and I do know nothing about health.
M&F: Properly, we’re gonna discuss your weight reduction in a bit, however first, let’s speak Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (in theaters Oct. 15). There’s a hilarious scene within the new film the place Brodie from Mallrats (Jason Lee) explains to Jay (Jason Mews) and Silent Bob the distinction between a reboot and a remake. So what’s the distinction?
A reboot is when, you recognize, a studio takes a property and places it on the market within the hopes of getting your cash. However they do it in a method that appeals to you as a fan. Whereas a remake is when a studio would not actually care how the viewers feels concerning the authentic. So they only maintain the title, f**ok up all the things else—and break each films within the course of. Three years in the past, I needed to make a film referred to as Jay & Silent Bob Reboot that is going to make enjoyable of remakes and reboots and sequels—whereas being all three on the identical time. It took us a minute to get there as a result of first we’ve to seek out cash, after which I had a coronary heart assault.
Timing is all the things as a result of in ready to do it, you get Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Rosario Dawson, Joey Lauren Adams, and a slew of all-stars out of your New Jersey-set View Askewniverse. Plus a bunch of fantastic cameos by the likes of Joe Manganiello, Chris Jericho, and Chris Hemsworth.
I do not get that solid until I’ve the center assault. If we tried to make the film three years in the past, we most likely don’t pull that solid collectively. However post-heart assault, you name up folks and be like, “Hey man, you need to come to New Orleans for 2 hours to shoot a film?” And so they’d be like, “I do not know, dude, New Orleans is much.” And I am like, “Bro, you do bear in mind I nearly died of a coronary heart assault?” After which they might immediately be like, “All proper, I am coming, I am coming.” The guts assault was nearly like our casting agent!
This factor is one huge nostalgia bomb that is meant to go off in your face and coronary heart. And so to have individuals who have been within the authentic, like, not simply Jay & Silent Bob Strike Again, which we’re instantly sequelizing, but in addition mini-sequels for Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma, as properly…That felt nice. Instantly it turned, you recognize, this View Askewniverse class reunion image and it got here on the proper time as a result of I might nearly died. And in addition it’s the 25th anniversary of Clerks this yr. So all the things simply felt just like the timing labored out so sweetly.
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And you bought to poke enjoyable at your notorious incident with Southwest Airways [Kevin was kicked off a flight in 2010 for his size]. How cathartic was that?
Fairly candy. Definitely no onerous emotions, however the huge man, the Kevin Smith of that night time is cheering on the Kevin Smith of in the present day for, you recognize, taking again just a little little bit of his dignity.
However Southwest wasn’t what flipped the swap for you, moderately the center assault, proper?
I did reduce weight [after Southwest]. That was after I watched the Fed Up documentary and dropped sugar out of my life. I might misplaced a piece, however then I nonetheless had a bunch as a result of my prime weight at one level, I used to be like, “Oh, my God, I’m sporting my space code—323!” The most important I acquired was 330. Aside from eradicating sugar, I used to be nonetheless a meat eater and a dairy drinker. No bull**it—I used to drink two gallons of milk per day. That’s most likely why I had a coronary heart assault [laughs]. And so after the center assault, and I needed to change my consuming habits.
I had a vegan child at my home [daughter Harley Quinn Smith, who co-stars as Jay’s love child]. I by no means actually considered doing it myself till I had 100 p.c blockage in my left anterior descending (LAD) artery. My physician instructed me it is referred to as the Widowmaker as a result of in 80 p.c of the circumstances of a 100 p.c blockage like I acquired, the affected person at all times dies.
The subsequent morning, the nutritionist was like, “You may need to take into consideration a plant-based weight loss plan as a result of it has been confirmed to chop ldl cholesterol.” And my child was within the room, and she or he was like, “Dad, do it—please.” So I mentioned, I will strive it for six months, man, as a result of clearly consuming the best way I needed to eat after 47 years almost killed me. That was over a yr and a half in the past. It has been very straightforward to remain vegan.
What’s the key to sticking to a weight loss plan?
I needed to discover a very skinny path for veganism as a result of I simply don’t love f***ing greens. So you recognize, I am like beans are vegan—that’s nice. Chickpeas are vegan—that’s nice. Peanut butter is vegan. You begin making an inventory of the vegan issues you may eat and stuff. Oh, I truly turned a Weight Watchers ambassador! I’ve misplaced over 70 kilos.
What about workout-wise?
We reside close to Runyan Canyon, which is a good location for climbing. It’s a straight incline for many of it. In order that’s turn into an enormous a part of my routine daily.
So did you set Chris Hemsworth in your film as inspiration?
Oh, you wanna discuss a physique from God’s personal work! Chris and Ben [Affleck] have been in unbelievable f***ing form, man. It is good to have muscle-y examples round you to indicate you what’s attainable. I am not seeking to placed on the world’s greatest gun present. Perhaps only a native gun store.
Tickets for the Oct. 15 & 17 nationwide launch of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot can be found at FathomEvents.com/Reboot.