Just two months after suffering a massive “widow-maker” heart attack, Kevin Smith is opening up about his health scare and how it’s changed his lifestyle.
“Honestly, the heart attack was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he says in an interview with the “Today” show, admitting he feels “great.”
The “Clerks” director was scheduled to perform two standup comedy shows in February. After performing the first set, he cancelled the second appearance over health concerns, a decision that proved to be a life-saving one.
The director wasn’t even aware he was having a heart attack until he was on the operating table. Smith admitted he “got blazed” before the show and the resulting heart attack pain was low.
“I didn’t feel like I was having a heart attack, didn’t recognize that it was happening,” he says, revealing to “Today” that he was conscious throughout the procedure.
“I was talking the whole operation,” he explains. “[The doctor] told me later on, ‘You’re very chatty.’ He’s like, ‘You wanted to know everything. You were singing a song — ‘Degrassi’. And I was singing the theme song to ‘Degrassi’ because it’s very hopeful.” Smith has appeared on several episodes of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” as his trademark “Silent Bob” character.
Smith, who has already lost a significant amount of weight since his heart attack, is now embracing a healthier lifestyle. On Monday he revealed he’s joining DJ Khaled and Oprah Winfrey as the latest celebrity ambassador for Weight Watchers, inviting fans to follow along on his journey to lose another 30 pounds.