Kevin Smith is recovering from a massive heart attack he suffered recently, but he's doing fine, all things considered. The Clerks director recently took to Facebook Live and shared a 19-minute video with his followers, recounting the events of his heart attack and providing an update on his status. While he's going to have to make some changes to his lifestyle, mainly taking some medications and regularly seeing a specialist, he's up and around.
The director and podcaster suffered the heart attack while working on his new stand-up special. He made it through the first two-hour show, but before the second show started, things took a turn. Kevin Smith fell ill and, eventually, an ambulance was called and he was rushed to a Glendale, California hospital. Interestingly enough, Smith thought that he simply had some bad milk before finding out he'd suffered a massive heart attack. Here's what Smith had to say about the experience.
"I started feeling pressure on my chest, but not like, 'There's an elephant on my chest,' I just couldn't catch my breath. Honestly, I was never really in pain, and even in the ER, they were like, 'How much pain are you in [from] 1 to 10?' I was like, 'I'm not really in pain.' I just couldn't catch my breath. So because of that, and because I'm 47, I didn't piece together heart attack, even when I was sitting going like, 'My chest is heavy' and stuff, and even though my father died at age 67 from a massive heart attack and even though my mother has heart problems and she has two stents in her arteries in her heart, I never in a million years thought it was heart attack."
During the video, Kevin Smith gets very emotional when discussing having to face the possibility of his death. Though he admits he doesn't want to leave life behind, he was at peace with the idea of death, as he feels he's had a very blessed life, given his career and his family. Thousands of fans took to social media to send their positive vibes Smith's way in the wake of his heart attack, including Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. However, Pratt got some flack for sending thoughts and prayers Smith's way, with James Gunn speaking on Twitter to defend Pratt's call for prayers, as this situation differs quite a bit from an incident involving gun violence. Smith acknowledged Pratt in the video and expressed his gratitude.
"Poor Chris Pratt, one of my favorite actors on the planet, f*****g put up a nice tweet, where he's just like, 'Hey man, I don't know you that much but I love Clerks and I'm praying for you,' and apparently people were like, 'F*** your prayers' and attacked him and s***. Number one, thanks to Chris Pratt. How sweet was that? Star-Lord praying for me. Number two, please don't fight over stuff like that. It's a waste of time. Whether you're religious or not, someone saying, 'I'll pray for you,' it's good intentions."
Despite his heart attack, Kevin Smith is already looking like himself, but will need some time to rest and recover. However, he's still intent on filming Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. He says not getting to make it would have been his biggest regret, had his heart attack taken a turn for the worst. He also expressed a lot of gratitude for those who worked to help save his life by putting a stint in his clogged artery saying, "Bam, here I am. Dude literally saved my life." You can check out Kevin Smith's Facebook video for yourself below.