outdoor films of the summer, because we just saw Kevin Smith at Vulture Festival, where he and Jason Mewes did a live taping of their Jay & Silent Bob Get Old podcast.It’s funny that Mallrats will be one of Nitehawk’s first
“I’ll be honest,” Smith told the lucky few assembled in the “fuckin’ intimate” penthouse of Milk Studios in Chelsea. “When they told me we were going to be shooting at Milk today… I was like milk?”
Smith’s high lactose tolerance is no secret, but he may soon have to hang up his FatMan jersey — he drew cheers and applause when he announced that he had lost 80 pounds.
What convinced the Clerks director, who comes from a long line of diabetics, to give up sugar a few months ago? “I watched this documentary Fed Up and maybe it’s because it had cartoons in it, but I understood it,” he quipped.
Not that going sans sweets has been easy. “The first two weeks, man, it was fucking hell on earth,” he said, comparing it to Mewes’s recovery from heroin addiction. “I was crying, I was fucking hitting my chest, at one point I would’ve sucked dick for Lucky Charms.”
Now Smith’s diet is heavy on vegetable drinks and chicken, and his “go-to snack” is a “weird Israeli snack,” Bamba, that’s like “cheese doodles with no cheese.”
He isn’t giving up dairy, though – in fact, when he saw Mad Max: Fury Road, he snuck a bag of cheese and crackers from Whole Foods into the theater. “I’m relatively sure that if you waterboarded me with milk, I’d be okay,” Smith said.
Among the other things Smith revealed during Saturday’s taping is an easter egg on Google Maps, involving the house he bought from Chasing Amy and Dogma star Ben Affleck. “I was there the day the Google fucking Maps truck drove by,” he said. “I remember looking up and thinking, ‘That’s fucked up.’ So if you go find my house on Google Maps, there I am sitting in my car, straight across the street from my house, going, ‘That’s fucked up.’”
Needless to say, a Redditor found this out long ago. And there’s another treat in store for those who look for Smith’s Red Bank, NJ comic shop on Google Maps.
Finally, Smith recalled standing next to a certain experimental opera star at an intimate U2 show at the Roxy in West Hollywood on Thursday. As it turned out, it wasn’t his first encounter with Courtney Love – six or eight months ago, when he sat behind her on a NYC-LA flight, he handed her pillow back to her after it fell to the floor while she was sleeping. (Actually, in the interest of moving as little as possible, he “handed” it to her with his feet.) The two strangers made eye contact but didn’t exchange any words during the “very Silent Bob moment,” Smith said.
Jump cut to the Roxy, where Courtney was standing next to him near the front row: “She’s just like ahhh, jumping up and down and really fucking into it. And then at one point as she jumped up and down, her purse fell on the ground. So I had a fucking moment to make up for the other moment and shit. So, rather than use my feet, I bend down and I pick up the purse and I hand it to her. And I look at her, not expecting anything except for her to be like, ‘Thanks,’ go back to the show. And I kid you not, she goes, ‘At least you used your hands this time, Silent Bob.’”