For years, Kevin Smith has made movies for potheads... all the while never really taking a shine on the funky green fueling his popularity. Now the 38 year old film maker has credited marijuana for his recent career resurgence of sorts.
Smith claims that he had been in a creative slump for a while now, but believes that marijuana has sparked a creativity renaissance of sorts- as the director finds himself currently penning a line of Batman comics, recording a semi-regular podcast with friend/producer Scott Mosier (which served as the basis for his new book Shooting the shit with Kevin Smith, which is a collection of his transcribed podcasts), and directing a soon to be released buddy cop film (A Couple of Dicks) staring Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis.
Smith, once known for directing edgy dialogue based comedies known more for the coarseness of their language than they are for critical acclaim, has enjoyed cult status for a while now, his films Clerks 1&2, Mallrats, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back beloved by Gen Xers the world over. But Jersey Girl, and Zak and Miri Make a Porno tanked at the box office and left his once rabid fans to slander Smith on the internet (which is something that for so reason really bothered Smith), leaving him questioning if he had anything left on his fastball. But then Kevin took the advice of actor friend/ marijuana enthusiast Seth Rogan and started sparking up.
"I know you're supposed to tell kids not to do drugs, but, kids, do it! Do weed!" the director told the New York Post's Don Kaplan, "Don't do the other stuff, but weed is good . . . What you want to do is what I did, build a movie empire and, at age 38, smoke it all away."
He went on to say that he seems to be no longer any good at making his own movies stating that "...Judd Apatow is way better at being Kevin Smith now than Kevin Smith ever was. So Judd Apatow should do it for a while, and I should figure out something else, and weed has been fucking helpful with that."