I DEVOURED ANOTHER KEVIN SMITH BOOK…
BUT THE STORIES WERE BETTER LIVE.
I loved Silent Bob Speaks and My Boring-Ass Life. I own all of the ‘Evening With’ DVDs he has released, read the books and finally had my chance to see him live last year. I’ve never been a huge fan of Kevin Smith’s films but I’m a massive fan of the man himself. So I picked up Kevin Smith’s new book, Tough Sh*t, with high hopes…
RED STATE ARRIVES IN TORONTO
I couldn’t wait to catch one of his legendary Q&A sessions live with his latest (and enjoyable) film as an opening act. Red State did not disappoint and neither did Kevin Smith. While he didn’t really answer many questions, he still spoke for more than two hours in a boiling hot room with no air conditioning. He went through his adventures creating Zack & Miri, his clash with Bruce Willis making Cop Out and the enlightening journey he took producing and distributing Red State.
However, he pretty much covered most of the content in Tough Sh*t. It was unfortunate as I turned the pages hoping for something I hadn’t heard or read before. To Kevin’s credit, he does elaborate a great deal with tons of behind the scenes tales from the film world. The evolution of his relationship with Harvey Weinstein was a personal favorite of mine. But sadly, there just wasn’t enough new material especially with my copy of Too Fat For 40 on the shelf.
Having said that, Tough Sh*t is a fantastic and quick read that’s full of insight and laughs. If you haven’t seen him live recently or watched Too Fat For 40, then Tough Sh*t is full of surprises and hilarious tales.
I still enjoyed the book for the longer and more elaborate versions of his stories. The Bruce Willis Saga is particularly memorable not to mention his passionate views on hockey and the Gretzky Family. (I am Canadian after all.)
Tough Sh*t made me realize how much fun it was hearing the stories live. It’s better live.