Kevin Smith vows to lose weight after breaking a toilet

Beloved director Kevin Smith has decided it’s time to drop some weight. He’s been complaining on his blog for months about how fat he thinks he is, and his desire to be alone, away from the press, and drop some serious poundage. In fact Smith recently admitted to the L.A. Times that he broke a toilet due to his girth.

After his new movie “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” reaches theaters Friday, Kevin Smith plans to start counting his calories. Since his doctor called him morbidly obese, he’s giving up the all-you-can-eat lifestyle and taking a “health sabbatical” intended to shed extra pounds he packed on while filming the raunchy, Seth Rogen-starring romantic comedy in Pittsburgh last year.

“I’m going away for a while,” Smith said, 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 fretting 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!”

[From the L.A. Times]

I checked out Smith’s website “My Boring Ass Life” and he does indeed fret, complain, and obsess about his weight a great deal on there. The most recent entry made me sorta sad.

F*&#, I wish I was still that thin. I’ve porked the f#&$ out, man. I’m really, really fat right now. Fattest I’ve ever been. But as soon as this flick’s out, I’m taking my life back; gonna drop out of sight and drop a bunch of pounds. It’s the deal I’ve made with myself. Just gotta make it through the next two and half weeks of press and running around.

[From My Boring Ass Life]

In other entries Smith comments about his weight and Page Six’s article about it. He sounds quasi-obsessive about pounds, and like he’s not necessarily coming from the best frame of mind. You can sense a panic and desperation, but also this feeling like he’s deeply depressed about it. Maybe I’m reading too much into things, it just made me think that if someone I knew were talking that way, I’d be stressed about them.

Kevin obviously has a lot of weight to lose but it’s not an impossible amount. Once you find a diet that works for you and you can live with, you get in the habit of making certain choices and it really isn’t as hard as it seems. The first month is the toughest, and then it just becomes something you do automatically. If nothing else it sounds like he’s seriously committed to making some much needed changes for the sake of his health. We wish him success.

Kevin Smith and his family at the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Zack and Miri Make A Porno’ on October 20th. Images thanks to WENN .

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  1. stellapurdy says:

    Holy hell, when did he gain so much weight? He looks like Orson Wells

  2. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    If nothing else, he should do it for his daughter.

  3. Kristin says:

    Isn’t this old news? I read this on Wenn a while back.

  4. Codzilla says:

    What’s up with his pants?

  5. Christina says:

    oh ok, now that jaybird has discovered the key to weight loss, no one in the country should be fat… *rolls eyes*

  6. what is ever. says:


    They’re “shants”: not quite shorts, not quite pants.

  7. Allie says:

    Christina, a bit touchy are we?

  8. Holly says:

    He was just trying to wrap up an article, Christina. way to blow things out of preportion.

    If Kevin can figure out that you have to actually try (and not just get by until you’re your ideal weight so you can live however you want, again), and change your entire lifestyle and the rules by which you live it, then he can do it! Team Smith.

  9. Leandra says:

    I notice he says he’s going to change his life as he’s puffing on a cigarette. He probably says he’s going to lose weight while he’s eating a piece of chocolate cake…Talk is cheap – but walking an hour a day and have your meals delivered – might help.

  10. Codzilla says:

    what is: Thanks. 😀 And unfortunately, I’m not feeling the shants on Kevin. But to each his own, right?

  11. california angel says:

    Along the lines of the “shants”, lol, and his weight-sensitivity, I think that one of the very reasons that I lost the weight that I needed to a couple of years ago. The bigger I got, the harder it was to find clothes. I would get so depressed trying things on that I would just always wear black to try and achieve that slimming effect. Maybe that’s why he stuck with the shants and a long, black trench coat.
    I can really feel him on the depression of it all, though.

  12. Julia says:

    I know it is going to be tough for him, but not nearly as tough as it would be not to do it. I wish him all the best.

    Sometimes it takes something sobering to act as a wake-up call, but I think that getting overwhelmed and depressed are actually hinderances to progression. The hardest part of weight loss isn’t the exercise or calorie counting–it’s the ability to stay focused without getting down on yourself, to feel urgency without becoming too anxious. It’s hard to work out when you are discouraged and down on yourself, and that, more than complacency or laziness plagues people with weight problems.

  13. texasmom says:

    Well, he really has piled on the weight. He has always liked the “shants” but now that he is so big they look quite odd. Who MAKES those, anyway? I wish him luck; he seems like such a nice guy, but the depressed type.

    I wonder if it is ok for his daughter to be at that premier, given the movie! But I SO ADMIRE that she is dressed like an actual, honest-to-god kid!!

  14. James Davis says:


  15. Hollz says:

    wow, James Davis, how clever.

    Best Of luck to him, if he’s anything like me, he’ll need it 🙁

  16. jennifer says:

    Julia – can’t remember the title of the book, but in it Margaret Cho says pretty much the same thing, & it really hit home for me. Something like you’re already depressed about being overweight, so you’d think it would be like “OK this depresses me, so I’m going to go exercise & lose weight” – but if you’re already feeling so frickin’ low, how are you to get motivated to go exercise? Then you get more depressed and yeah, vicious cycle 🙁 I wish him all the luck in the world. 🙂

    This made me laugh, A LOT:

    I cannot cognitively reframe it and be like, ‘It wasn’t me — it was the toilet.’

    😆 😆 😆 😆

  17. elisha says:

    The shants appear to be purchased from WalMart.

    His daughter’s shoes are Betsey Johnson.

  18. Anonymous says:

    @ stella:
    shame on you. a man is trying to change himself for the better, and that’s what you have to say. you’re terrible.

  19. vdantev says:

    He is starting to push maximum density.

  20. What this man is feeling is normal. He is at a breaking point. He wonders how did his life get to this point? Good news is, that he can get back on tract to a healthier point in his life. It’s all about finding himself again and deciding what is important. I know what it is like, being over 400 pounds and not knowing where to turn or what to do! You just sometimes panic. But the key to my weightloss was getting right within and day by day, and I also realized that being perfect is NEVER going to happen. I wish him the best. Jenna

  21. Jj says:

    Aw…I feel for the guy; weightloss is so tough. But how do you break a toilet?? Lol!

  22. Mark says:

    Reading about weight loss tips is always fun. Thanks for the entertainment. Do you mind if I ask for your email address?

  23. Tim says:

    I think weight loss is all about three things – attitude, diet and exercise. From my experience, reducing carb intake and doing aerobic exercises are keys to successful weight loss.

  24. heh-heh says:

    I read a blogger who stopped smoking one morning after years of trying because he asked himself, “Well, do I still enjoy smoking?” (He obviously used to, at one point.)

    The answer was no.

    That was the end; he claimed he’s never smoked since.

    This is something to think about if you know you eat too much — whether it’s ice cream, pizza, etc. Do I still enjoy eating this much?

  25. Mia Savage says:

    I have been “Morbidly Obese” (5’2, 278 lbs!!!)! I have been THIN (98 lbs), & everywhere in between!!!

    Being SO fat that you have trouble having SEX; WALKING across the ROOM without being COMPLETELY WINDED (much less “exercising half an hour” every day TO START); STANDING UP long enough to accomplish ANYTHING (before your back muscles go into spasms); CLEANING YOURSELF… …is pretty depressing. Once you ARE that FAT, it no longer matters WHY/HOW you GOT there. What matters is how are YOU going to FIX IT!!! EXERCISE ALONE HAS NEVER WORKED FOR ME!!! WE ARE TALKING SERIOUS FOOD RESTRICTION — for the rest of the Fat Person’s LIFE!!!

    Most Fat People understand this. And there is NO POINT in YO-YOing!!! It’s healthier to just stay FAT (less possibility of damage to the Cardiac Muscle!), than to lose the same weight 20 times.

    People don’t usually do very well, if they are swamped in Self-Pity & Depression. When you make a decision to “get healthy”, generally you want to “BE HEALTHY”!!! Standing around smoking, doing nothing about yourself, until some “magical date in time” — is NOT a very positive sign!

    I wish ANYONE with ANY amount of weight to lose, all the best!

  26. hcg drops says:

    haha hes a fatty
    he needs to go on a diet!

  27. Kim says:

    Kevin Smith is a wonderful person. However I went to his gig lately and it was sad to hear him put himself down a bout a lot of things as if he expect everyone to agree with him. I don’t think he realises that the minority of people who have been jeering him are just a minority and that many people hold him idolically in their heads for what he did.

    You know he said he basically feels that he can’t offer what he did with Clerks anymore? It was really horrible seeing that.

    As for his weight, he has gained it, but it’s his state of mind, he is really troubled by a lot of what goes on, and I’m sure if he could see himself how others see him, he would slam it all out of sights in an instant.

    From some one who is in a similar business, I can say that Kevin seems to be losing himself to anxiety and depression, and while he doesn’t deserve it, he just needs to remember that all the passion he had is a shining example that he can achieve anything he wants.

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