Kevin Smith says weed saved him from a massive heart attack

1 of 1 2 of 1

Silent Bob says weed stopped a common killer in its tracks.

In February, the 47-year-old director most notably recognized for his role in “Clerks”, suffered what doctors called a “massive heart attack” after performing a comedy show in Los Angeles.

While promoting his upcoming comedy special "Silent but Deadly" on the Late Show, Smith recalls the terrifying brush with death that started when he began to feel sick shortly after stepping off stage. Clearing his dressing room, he started sweating heavily and had trouble breathing, then threw up as he lay on the floor.

“They got me to the hospital and they wheel me into the emergency room and the whole time I’m chill. Like, the guy said, the paramedic, he goes, 'You’re being real calm, that’s going to get you through this,'” Smith told host Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (May 1).

“And there’s a dude behind him [that] goes, ‘That’s what’s going to save his life.’ And I’m like, ‘What does that part [mean]?’”

Further examination revealed a 100 percent blockage in his LAD artery, commonly referred to as the “widow-maker” because it claims 80 percent of its victims. He appears on the show sporting a hockey jersey with a heart crest made to commemorate his survival story.

 

My new jersey commemorating my life & death battle with arch nemesis, The Widow-Maker! This open-heart crest, drawn by @supergirlcw storyboard artist @jeremysimser, was a gift from sweet storyteller @etcarrasco and the @supergirlwriters in the show’s writing room. The card read “A crest to commemorate your big win against the deadliest of foes, the wrathful Widow-Maker. We could’ve made you the man with the Kryptonite heart, but this wasn’t your Kryptonite. We could’ve given you an Arc Reactor, but that’s the competition. And anyway, the best part about you is your heart’s always your own. Wear it on your sleeve, or in this case, smack dab in the center of your jersey. - The Supergirl Writers” Thank you, my Super wordsmiths! I believe, in this jersey, a man can fly! #KevinSmith #supergirl #supergirlwriters

A post shared by Kevin Smith (@thatkevinsmith) on

Smith, who posted a selfie from the hospital detailing the scare, said initially he was worried smoking too much weed earlier in the day had prompted the heart attack, but was shocked when the doctor said the joint is what kept him alive.

“He said, 'no, quite the opposite. That weed saved your life,'” he says, adding that it was the calming effect of cannabis that increased his chance of survival.

“And I was like, “I’m putting that on a t-shirt!””

Smith has been on a noticeable health-kick since being removed from a Southwest Airlines flight in 2010 for being overweight but says he’s been taking even better care of his body since the heart attack.

Watch the full interview below.

More

Discuss