Tough Sh*t : Life Advice from a Fat Lazy Slob Who Did Good- Signed Edition Hardcover – 30 May 2012
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"elevating the white-guy-doing-nothing prerogative from a lifestyle choice to a moral principle." --The New York Times
The chapter on Smith s disastrous Cop Out shoot is a fascinating bit of dirt-dishing, as are his musings on Harvey Weinstein and his aborted Green Lantern. --Empire Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
A writer, comedian, film producer, and director, Kevin Smith produced the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting; wrote and directed numerous successful films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jersey Girl; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin' the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, and the New York Times bestseller My Boring-Ass Life; and cohosts "SModcast" on SiriusXM radio.
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Smith uses his father as an example for the rest of the book - Don Smith was a man who worked 20 years in a job he hated (the US postal service) to provide for his family and then after a too-short retirement, died of heart failure, screaming. The message to Smith was clear - never do a job you hate, never have regrets so when the time comes, you won't go out in as much pain.
From there we get a whirlwind look at Smith's career, the story of "Clerks", and a brief synopsis of every film made since then. The filming of "Cop Out" and his clashes with Bruce Willis are documented, as well as the filming of "Red State" which takes up several chapters. What became known as the "Too Fat to Fly" incident with South West is detailed, and a loving final chapter to his wife Jennifer Schwalbach closes out the book along with a short note from their daughter Harley Quinn Smith.Read more ›
Warning: the topics are very crude.
But overall I enjoyed it and am pleased it's in my collection.
It is clear from the start of this book that Kevin has no problem revealing his innermost thoughts and no punches are pulled here. I feel to truly get this book one must also listen to the podcasts as this makes an excellent companion and many Kevin Smith fans obviously purchased this book. This book makes you laugh but also gives the reader very helpful advice and I am aware of many folks who have been inspired to try something different and not be afraid to try something different or escape the comfort zone for I am one of those many people.
Listeners of Kevin Smith podcasts will have heard his comment about the Velvet Underground and how only 10,000 people bought their first record, but all of them started a band (to badly paraphrase a quote that has been credited to either Brian Eno or Peter Buck) and I am sure in the coming years we will be watching movies/TV shows from people that took the Smith route and just started writing and directly. He is the first to admit there are more accomplished directors than he, but how many people listen to the words of these more accomplished directors on a weekly basis? How many of those guys would be comfortably letting it all hang out with no subject off limit? Do we know how often Francis Ford Coppola has relations with his wife? With Kevin Smith we hear how many times, what happened and we get Jennifer's take as a bonus.
Kevin has said many times that he is done with the directing business after Hit Somebody. This book shows us that as long as he keeps talking/writing, we'll be hearing more from him in the coming years and that my friends, is a good thing.
I literally read it in 2 days and loved it! Particularly enjoyed the incite into bruce willis!
All i can say is, i wish i'd had this book when i was younger, it really does inspire you (and of course make you laugh hysterically)
I will definitely be forcing my children to read it when the time is right!
A worthy investment!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do not read unless you want to be reminded ad nauseum that Kevin Smith is 'fat and useless' blah blah. Entertaining to start with, but the self promotion is ceaseless, and blatant.Published 2 months ago by Rentaghost
Great account of the mans geeky/lovable life. Made me laugh but I suggest to the reader to listen to his podcasts for the full effect.Published 6 months ago by Dave Breakwell UK
Funnt, inspiring and great insight into the world of a low budget filmmaker and storytellerPublished 8 months ago by Marian
For fans of Kevin Smith, this is a nice retrospective that will remind you just why you liked him so much in the first place. Life advice we should all pay attention to.Published 9 months ago by Lisa
Brutal, honest and extremely enlightening. Best book I've read in a very long time.Published 13 months ago by Hayley
Alright book. Interesting enough if you're a Kev Smith fan. But if you listen to a lot of Smodco podcasts, it'll be very familiar ground.Published 23 months ago by Sam Worthington
Funny, interesting and beautiful in places.An exceptional read that alters the way I think on the challenges of modern lifePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by Paul