Kevin Smith: I’m “Living on Borrowed Time” After Heart Attack | THR News
Kevin Smith says he feels like, after his heart attack, he’s “living on borrowed time.” On Monday, the filmmaker tweeted that he’d suffered a “massive” heart attack, saying his doctor told him he had “100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka ‘the Widow-Maker’).” Two days later, he returned home. And on Thursday, he gave his first interview about his health scare with Ralph Garman for his podcast The Ralph Report (Part 1 of the interview posts Friday, followed by Part 2 on Monday). Garman is a longtime friend of the director with whom he co-hosts the Hollywood Babble-On podcast. Smith told him, “I don’t want to say I feel like a dead man walking, but I do feel like I’m not supposed to be here anymore, and it doesn’t make me want to leave, but it makes me appreciate how … like, all right, let’s do everything.” He told a story about how his dad was close to death and then made a miraculous recovery and lived two months longer — “on what he called borrowed time” — which he himself now feels like he’s living on. Smith also noted how lucky he was that he wasn’t traveling at the time and able to get to a hospital quickly enough for doctors to save him. He said, “I was supposed to be dead in that room, no doubt.” Still, if it had been his time to go, Smith told the host that he felt like he’d accomplished everything he set out to and more. He revealed, “I only ever wanted to make Clerks; 25 years later, I did more shit than I ever imagined.” He said that he got to do things that people only dream about and it all came so easy to him. He added, “So if this is the price you have to pay for all that ease, checking out before age 50, that’s — how can you argue with that? Don’t be shitty. Pay the bill. It’s time.'” Still, his health scare made him realize that life is short and has prompted him to focus on living a healthier lifestyle. Smith, who is age 47, is now on “day 3 of being a vegetarian.” Smith also got emotional during the interview when talking about fans who’ve told him how much his movies touched them. And he joked that he’s glad he has the opportunity to make another movie — he’s hoping to do a “Jay and Silent Bob reboot” — so that the critically panned Yoga Hosers won’t be the final film on his resume. For more from The Ralph Report podcast interview with Kevin Smith, head to THR.com. Until next time, for The Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Tiffany Taylor.