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Reality Check: What the Broken Toilet Told Kevin Smith

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and sometimes the strange truth is a little sad. Kevin Smith, who directed Zack and Miri Make a Porno, admitted recently to the LA Times that:

"I'm really, really fat right now. Fattest I've ever been. I broke a toilet. That's how heavy I am. I can't take all the credit — that was an old toilet and a very waterlogged wall — but my size took that toilet down."

This 38-year-old wanted to blame it on the fact that the toilet was worn out and decrepit, but then he realized it was his massive weight that was the issue. It was a huge (no pun intended) wake-up call. To find out what he's going to do about it


Kevin talked about how he's emotionally driven when it comes to food. He knows if his movie does well, he'll want to go out and celebrate with a huge meal. If the movie doesn't do so well, he'll want to "self-medicate and eat more." He said, "Hollywood's a hard town to be fat in!" I hear what he's saying, but if you have a problem with using food to deal with your feelings, then it doesn't matter what line of work you're in.

I'm proud of the director for saying, "I'm going away for a while, to concentrate on myself. To save my life." Hopefully some time with a good dietitian and fitness trainer will get him on the right track.


ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's really great when someone realizes what they need to do, and i wish him the best of luck. it can't ever be easy to be in that position, and i hope that he's able to get healthy - we're all rooting for him!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
Good luck!
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
Wow... He has gotten big... Good luck Kevin. Like someone else said, good thing it was a broken toilet and not a heart attack...
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 8 years
I had no idea he had gotten that big. I hope he does well with getting healthy. He's so talented, and seems like such a nice man.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 8 years
Well, on a completely health unrelated note, now I know why my boyfriend has been adamant about seeing Zack & Miri...He's completely obsessed with Kevin Smith...UGH.
graylen graylen 8 years
Good point by wackdoodle. Not everyone is successful with diet and exercise- especially when an emotional problem is the root of it. Often times, they can't even get weight-loss surgery because their emotional eating habits would disqualify them from being a surgery candidate.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I wish him luck. He seems like a great guy. Love him as Silent Bob.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
*lose* should be loss
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Seth Rogan weight lose and Kevin Smith's weight problem are not equitable. Obese and super morbidly obese are not the same position to be in. Kevin's situation will require medical assistance and intervention. Seth Rogan was only about 50 pounds over his target weight while Kevin is in the mid-to-high- 300 with his weight and more than 140 to 150 pounds over his target weight for his height. Then add in bad knees and back pain and stress of having a family and worrying that he's shortchanging them by being fat and Kevin has a hard road to go. Once Kevin finds a doctor that he can trust and that is willing to fully back him.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I actually used to trade emails with KS about our battles with weight. This is a struggle he has had forever and two years ago he worked so hard to lose about 70 pounds and this wasn't using medifast/optifast and zetia this was before that try. He has repeatedly done the diet and exercise route with limited success but he keeps running into the fact that he is an emotional over-eater and he has difficulty accepting that he can get help for his ED and that as a man, it's okay for him to admit the has a problem. I find it so disturbing to watch when fanboys go up to him in public and say the rudest crap about his weight. He looks like he's taking it in stride but it hurts him. He knows he's large and that he has a problem but people pointing it out as if he doesn't know or it's sensitive about it and like he has tried to lose weight really hurts him.
Miggs0708 Miggs0708 8 years
I am a subscriber to his blog on myspace. He has often said how he hopes to lose weight, but his methods are what has caused him to be in the lose/gain more cycle. He does that all liquid diet thing - medifast I think is the name of it. So he drops a ton and then when he gets off it he gains it back. I hope this time he does it the right way, like Seth Rogen did, exercise and diet.
greatscott200 greatscott200 8 years
I felt bad about this a few weeks ago. He has been doing press for his movie and I noticed the weightgain. It looks like he ate Jay. Sad. I'm glad he's not ignoring it and wants to take action. I always liked him and want him around to make more awesome movies.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
To add to ^^ I love when I hear that women like Jessica Alba are "curvy" ! Fat women on tv/ in movies = funny. Fat women don't exist.
grainygirl grainygirl 8 years
I think it's great that he is going to focus on getting healthy. But most people don't have the option of "going away for a while" and hiring specialists to coach them into weight loss. Good for Kevin, but for ordinary people this is not necessarily practical inspiration. That being said, I wish him well.
Taadie Taadie 8 years
Im glad it was a broken toilet and not a hear attack that changed his outlook.
esweet esweet 8 years
I will agree with deanna024 - and Hollywood's women who were slighly overweight slimmed down considerably in seemingly record time.
booglass booglass 8 years
Ha ha ha that should read 100% not 10%. Oopsy!
booglass booglass 8 years
deanna024 is 10% right. How many truly "curvy" woman has he cast in movies. Ironically, he is part and perpetrator of the very problem he is complaining about. Hopefully, some introspection will drive him to strive for a healthy weight but also to be more open minded in casting actors/actresses of varying sizes.
funkygeorge funkygeorge 8 years
That sucks, I love Kevin Smith! I hope he gets happy and healthy.
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
I would add a caveat to his statement: Hollywood is a hard town to be a fat woman in. Alfred Hithcock, John Candy and even Kevin Smith to some extent have all had success despite their size. I can't think of any woman of the same stature (I'm not talking about Hollywood's "curvy" -- ha -- women who are well within their healthy weight range) who have success in front of or behind the camera. Good luck, Kevin!
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